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The vast literature on <strong>Hitler and Nazism</strong> circles around the central engima of the Holocaust: Premeditated action or barbaric improvisation?

Mon, 04/23/2018 - 18:41
The vast literature on Hitler and Nazism circles around the central engima of the Holocaust: Premeditated action or barbaric improvisation?

<strong>Eros in the academy</strong>. Intellectual magnetism often shades into erotic attraction. That's always been true of students and professors

Mon, 04/23/2018 - 18:41
Eros in the academy. Intellectual magnetism often shades into erotic attraction. That's always been true of students and professors

There's no business like the <strong>Da Vinci business</strong>. It's a happy hunting ground for eccentrics and conspiracy theorists. And for a half century, Martin Kemp has lived among them

Sun, 04/22/2018 - 18:59
There's no business like the Da Vinci business. It's a happy hunting ground for eccentrics and conspiracy theorists. And for a half century, Martin Kemp has lived among them

To what extent is inspiration entangled with intoxication? When it comes to <strong>writing and alcohol</strong>, it's comforting to think it's always better to be sober. But is it?

Sun, 04/22/2018 - 18:59
To what extent is inspiration entangled with intoxication? When it comes to writing and alcohol, it's comforting to think it's always better to be sober. But is it?

<strong>Death and the meaning of life</strong>. Have you thought about being composted or cremated? Perhaps donating your body to science? Why we distract ourselves from the fact that we are physical beings

Sun, 04/22/2018 - 18:59
Death and the meaning of life. Have you thought about being composted or cremated? Perhaps donating your body to science? Why we distract ourselves from the fact that we are physical beings

Algorithms and the <strong>end of taste</strong>. Taste is a moral capacity, an ability to recognize truth and beauty. It was once a human quality. Now it's a digital product

Fri, 04/20/2018 - 18:04
Algorithms and the end of taste. Taste is a moral capacity, an ability to recognize truth and beauty. It was once a human quality. Now it's a digital product

&ldquo;Young men should prove theorems,&rdquo; a mentor told a young <strong>Freeman Dyson</strong>. &ldquo;Old men should write books.&rdquo; Now 94, Dyson is following that advice

Fri, 04/20/2018 - 18:04
“Young men should prove theorems,” a mentor told a young Freeman Dyson. “Old men should write books.” Now 94, Dyson is following that advice

The field of complexity science tackles questions like: Why are there 10,000 species of birds on Earth, but only 5,000 species of mammals? A key insight: <strong>Scale matters</strong>

Fri, 04/20/2018 - 18:04
The field of complexity science tackles questions like: Why are there 10,000 species of birds on Earth, but only 5,000 species of mammals? A key insight: Scale matters

&ldquo;Hollywood is corrupting the language,&rdquo; sniffed the <em>Telegraph</em>. But British culture doesn't need saving from the Americans. <strong>English is thriving</strong>, and all the better for its new imports

Thu, 04/19/2018 - 18:19
“Hollywood is corrupting the language,” sniffed the Telegraph. But British culture doesn't need saving from the Americans. English is thriving, and all the better for its new imports

The artist the public loved and the critics loved to hate. Who but <strong>Leonard Bernstein</strong> would begin a New York Philharmonic performance by singing the Kinks?

Thu, 04/19/2018 - 18:19
The artist the public loved and the critics loved to hate. Who but Leonard Bernstein would begin a New York Philharmonic performance by singing the Kinks?

&ldquo;Poetry makes nothing happen,&rdquo; thought Auden. But properly understood, <strong>books are a type of magic</strong>: &ldquo;To write is to sell a ticket to escape, not from the truth but into it.&rdquo;

Thu, 04/19/2018 - 18:19
“Poetry makes nothing happen,” thought Auden. But properly understood, books are a type of magic: “To write is to sell a ticket to escape, not from the truth but into it.”

<strong>Who can afford to write</strong>? Magazines haven&rsquo;t raised their rates since the 1950s. Even <em>New Yorker</em> staff writers typically don&rsquo;t get health insurance

Wed, 04/18/2018 - 18:16
Who can afford to write? Magazines haven’t raised their rates since the 1950s. Even New Yorker staff writers typically don’t get health insurance

The political intrigue, the horseback escape from arrest, the serial cheating &mdash; <strong>Pablo Neruda&rsquo;s life</strong> was meant for telling. So how does a new biography fall flat?

Wed, 04/18/2018 - 18:16
The political intrigue, the horseback escape from arrest, the serial cheating — Pablo Neruda’s life was meant for telling. So how does a new biography fall flat?

43 years ago, Laura Mulvey coined the term &ldquo;male gaze.&rdquo; Is it still artistically justifiable for a man to <strong>paint a naked woman</strong>?

Wed, 04/18/2018 - 18:16
43 years ago, Laura Mulvey coined the term “male gaze.” Is it still artistically justifiable for a man to paint a naked woman?

She was in Paris with the Lost Generation, fled Europe in 1941 with Peggy Guggenheim, got arrested with Joan Baez. <strong>Kay Boyle</strong> went everywhere and saw everything

Tue, 04/17/2018 - 18:36
She was in Paris with the Lost Generation, fled Europe in 1941 with Peggy Guggenheim, got arrested with Joan Baez. Kay Boyle went everywhere and saw everything

In 1778, two women abandoned their routines and took to the Welsh countryside to <strong>write, think, read, and entertain literary guests</strong>. Is such a life still possible today?

Tue, 04/17/2018 - 18:36
In 1778, two women abandoned their routines and took to the Welsh countryside to write, think, read, and entertain literary guests. Is such a life still possible today?

We express our emotions physically, but now we mediate them digitally as well. As <strong>Don DeLillo</strong> put it, &ldquo;Nobody knows how to feel and they&rsquo;re checking around for hints&rdquo;

Tue, 04/17/2018 - 18:36
We express our emotions physically, but now we mediate them digitally as well. As Don DeLillo put it, “Nobody knows how to feel and they’re checking around for hints”

Neuroscience, social science, and history give us radically different ways of <strong>approaching empathy.</strong> But is empathy a moral force? Or a shibboleth?

Mon, 04/16/2018 - 18:15
Neuroscience, social science, and history give us radically different ways of approaching empathy. But is empathy a moral force? Or a shibboleth?

At least since Aesop, animals were seen as symbols useful for understanding <strong>human morality.</strong> Then, in 1668, Descartes&rsquo;s work changed everything

Mon, 04/16/2018 - 18:15
At least since Aesop, animals were seen as symbols useful for understanding human morality. Then, in 1668, Descartes’s work changed everything

"We won. ... But having won, we have no sense of balance or modesty or graciousness," Jaron Lanier says about those who <strong>built the internet.</strong> "So we kind of turned into assholes"

Mon, 04/16/2018 - 18:15
"We won. ... But having won, we have no sense of balance or modesty or graciousness," Jaron Lanier says about those who built the internet. "So we kind of turned into assholes"