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Modernity brought speed, stress, and sensory bombardment. In Austria, this <strong>&ldquo;nervous age&rdquo;</strong> drove the ideas of psychiatrists and architects together

Thu, 09/21/2017 - 18:57
Modernity brought speed, stress, and sensory bombardment. In Austria, this “nervous age” drove the ideas of psychiatrists and architects together

The latest <strong>neuro-nonsense,</strong> &ldquo;empathetics&rdquo; is the scientific (and corporate) attempt to map empathy biologically. How did this neo-phrenology come about?

Thu, 09/21/2017 - 18:57
The latest neuro-nonsense, “empathetics” is the scientific (and corporate) attempt to map empathy biologically. How did this neo-phrenology come about?

<strong>Evelyn Waugh's prose</strong>, known for its lethality, is seen by some as inconsistent with his Catholicism. But he couldn't have been a great satirist were he not a Catholic

Wed, 09/20/2017 - 17:51
Evelyn Waugh's prose, known for its lethality, is seen by some as inconsistent with his Catholicism. But he couldn't have been a great satirist were he not a Catholic

<strong>Hemingway in LA.</strong> He was there to raise money but &ldquo;came like a whirlwind,&rdquo; wrote Fitzgerald, and ended up throwing a wineglass into Dorothy Parker&rsquo;s fireplace

Wed, 09/20/2017 - 17:51
Hemingway in LA. He was there to raise money but “came like a whirlwind,” wrote Fitzgerald, and ended up throwing a wineglass into Dorothy Parker’s fireplace

<strong>What writers wear. </strong>Updike&rsquo;s look, like his prose, was &ldquo;normcore with flair.&rdquo; Beckett cultivated a &ldquo;nonchalantly seductive&rdquo; look via turtleneck. And then there&rsquo;s Knausgaard

Wed, 09/20/2017 - 17:51
What writers wear. Updike’s look, like his prose, was “normcore with flair.” Beckett cultivated a “nonchalantly seductive” look via turtleneck. And then there’s Knausgaard

Do <strong>hallucinogenic fungi</strong> have a significant place in art history? If the works of Hieronymus Bosch and Matthias Gr&uuml;newald are any guide, yes indeed

Tue, 09/19/2017 - 18:52
Do hallucinogenic fungi have a significant place in art history? If the works of Hieronymus Bosch and Matthias Grünewald are any guide, yes indeed

<strong>A poem is a machine</strong>, "one that for the reader produces discoveries, connections, glimmers of expression,&rdquo; says Matthew Zapruder. How should that machine function?

Tue, 09/19/2017 - 18:52
A poem is a machine, "one that for the reader produces discoveries, connections, glimmers of expression,” says Matthew Zapruder. How should that machine function?

<strong>James Burnham</strong>, Trotskyist turned CIA operative, wasn't an unscrupulous shape-shifter. He was a committed activist who never tired of hawking himself

Tue, 09/19/2017 - 18:52
James Burnham, Trotskyist turned CIA operative, wasn't an unscrupulous shape-shifter. He was a committed activist who never tired of hawking himself

<strong>Amis at 70</strong>. Once young and belligerent, now a domesticated elder statesman hoping that his daughter won't opt for college in California

Mon, 09/18/2017 - 18:50
Amis at 70. Once young and belligerent, now a domesticated elder statesman hoping that his daughter won't opt for college in California

Books by <strong>Charles Darwin</strong> number 25. Books about Darwin number 7,500, with 160 more titles each year. Is there anything new to say on the subject? Yes

Mon, 09/18/2017 - 18:50
Books by Charles Darwin number 25. Books about Darwin number 7,500, with 160 more titles each year. Is there anything new to say on the subject? Yes

Pankaj Mishra: &ldquo;Longing for the ancien r&eacute;gime increasingly defines the <strong>Atlantic seaboard&rsquo;s pundits</strong> as much as it does the fine people defending the honour of Robert E. Lee&rdquo;

Mon, 09/18/2017 - 18:50
Pankaj Mishra: “Longing for the ancien régime increasingly defines the Atlantic seaboard’s pundits as much as it does the fine people defending the honour of Robert E. Lee”

The International Congress on Logic, Methodology and Philosophy of Science doesn't sound romantic. But it's where <strong>Hilary Putnam</strong> met his future wife, Ruth Anna. Pragmatism would never be the same

Sun, 09/17/2017 - 18:18
The International Congress on Logic, Methodology and Philosophy of Science doesn't sound romantic. But it's where Hilary Putnam met his future wife, Ruth Anna. Pragmatism would never be the same

<strong>A.E. Housman</strong>'s work is suffused with the pain of life, and the beauty of that pain. Yet his emotional armor was heavy. How to explain the gulf between poet and poetry?

Sun, 09/17/2017 - 18:18
A.E. Housman's work is suffused with the pain of life, and the beauty of that pain. Yet his emotional armor was heavy. How to explain the gulf between poet and poetry?

The idea of "<strong>white people</strong>" has a history, but it&rsquo;s a short one. It was invented on October 19, 1613, the brainchild of the Jacobean playwright Thomas Middleton

Sun, 09/17/2017 - 18:18
The idea of "white people" has a history, but it’s a short one. It was invented on October 19, 1613, the brainchild of the Jacobean playwright Thomas Middleton

&ldquo;It is difficult to live in Brooklyn without becoming a deep thinker,&rdquo; wrote <strong>Clifton Fadiman</strong>, litt&eacute;rateur to the masses. Was he more than a middlebrow salesman?

Fri, 09/15/2017 - 18:35
“It is difficult to live in Brooklyn without becoming a deep thinker,” wrote Clifton Fadiman, littérateur to the masses. Was he more than a middlebrow salesman?

"The <strong>essay is subject to laws</strong> that are not less strict for appearing to be delicate and ineffable,&rdquo; says Brian Dillon, who attempts the thankless task of defining those laws

Fri, 09/15/2017 - 18:35
"The essay is subject to laws that are not less strict for appearing to be delicate and ineffable,” says Brian Dillon, who attempts the thankless task of defining those laws

HBO, TED, podcasts, documentaries: Those cultural totems of the educated elite are entirely consistent with the lazy nature of <strong>elite intellectual activity</strong>

Fri, 09/15/2017 - 18:35
HBO, TED, podcasts, documentaries: Those cultural totems of the educated elite are entirely consistent with the lazy nature of elite intellectual activity

NASA&rsquo;s leaders had an early revelation: Discovery means little if the public can't see it. The agency has commissioned <strong>outer-space art</strong> ever since

Thu, 09/14/2017 - 18:03
NASA’s leaders had an early revelation: Discovery means little if the public can't see it. The agency has commissioned outer-space art ever since

Five and a half years. That's how long <strong>Otis Redding's career</strong> lasted. Given where he came from, it's astonishing that his career happened at all

Thu, 09/14/2017 - 18:03
Five and a half years. That's how long Otis Redding's career lasted. Given where he came from, it's astonishing that his career happened at all

French was &ldquo;the pinnacle of logic&rdquo;; Flemish was the true first language. Behold the folly of early linguistics, a field <strong>full of crackpots</strong>

Thu, 09/14/2017 - 18:03
French was “the pinnacle of logic”; Flemish was the true first language. Behold the folly of early linguistics, a field full of crackpots