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The <strong>imperialism of economics</strong>. The field explains away complicated realities, ignores culture, and exalts reductionism. Can it be saved?

Mon, 07/16/2018 - 19:40
The imperialism of economics. The field explains away complicated realities, ignores culture, and exalts reductionism. Can it be saved?

<strong>Shakespeare and science</strong>. He was a poet of Copernican astronomy before the telescope, and a poet of microbiology before the modern microscope

Mon, 07/16/2018 - 19:40
Shakespeare and science. He was a poet of Copernican astronomy before the telescope, and a poet of microbiology before the modern microscope

What does it mean to acquire a taste for something, whether classical music, coffee, or conservatism? It means <strong>shedding who we are</strong>&nbsp;and becoming who we aspire to be

Sun, 07/15/2018 - 17:06
What does it mean to acquire a taste for something, whether classical music, coffee, or conservatism? It means shedding who we are and becoming who we aspire to be

In 1989, <strong>Tim Berners-Lee</strong>&nbsp;came up with the idea that became the internet. Since then he's thought of little but how to guard it &mdash; and of how he's failed to do so

Sun, 07/15/2018 - 17:06
In 1989, Tim Berners-Lee came up with the idea that became the internet. Since then he's thought of little but how to guard it — and of how he's failed to do so

Life in the <strong>Matthiessen family</strong>. Hypermasculinity, CIA intrigue, multiple suicides, and literary brilliance. A member of the clan takes stock&nbsp;

Sun, 07/15/2018 - 17:06
Life in the Matthiessen family. Hypermasculinity, CIA intrigue, multiple suicides, and literary brilliance. A member of the clan takes stock 

For the past 25 years, in novel after novel, Michel Houellebecq advanced a <strong>case against modern sexuality</strong>. Now his dystopia is our reality

Fri, 07/13/2018 - 13:34
For the past 25 years, in novel after novel, Michel Houellebecq advanced a case against modern sexuality. Now his dystopia is our reality

In 1908, an elderly woman was murdered in her Glasgow apartment. The police had a suspect. Then <strong>Arthur Conan Doyle</strong>&nbsp;got involved

Fri, 07/13/2018 - 13:34
In 1908, an elderly woman was murdered in her Glasgow apartment. The police had a suspect. Then Arthur Conan Doyle got involved

Science is too white, too male, too straight. So efforts to increase diversity make sense. But do they&nbsp;<strong>undermine scientific progress</strong>?

Fri, 07/13/2018 - 13:34
Science is too white, too male, too straight. So efforts to increase diversity make sense. But do they undermine scientific progress?

During <em>Shoah</em>&rsquo;s, 9 1/2 hours, <strong>Claude Lanzmann</strong>, who died last week, displayed a genius for not looking away from enormities and not tolerating niceties

Thu, 07/12/2018 - 15:52
During Shoah’s, 9 1/2 hours, Claude Lanzmann, who died last week, displayed a genius for not looking away from enormities and not tolerating niceties

A tale of two epics. <strong>Anthony Powell</strong>&rsquo;s masterwork was as long and complex as Proust&rsquo;s, and is of superior quality, writes Perry Anderson. Why has it been forgotten?

Thu, 07/12/2018 - 15:52
A tale of two epics. Anthony Powell’s masterwork was as long and complex as Proust’s, and is of superior quality, writes Perry Anderson. Why has it been forgotten?

A mystical approach to translating <strong>Clarice Lispector</strong>. Hallucinations and prayers abounded; magic crystals were employed; when the dictionary failed, a psychic was consulted

Thu, 07/12/2018 - 15:52
A mystical approach to translating Clarice Lispector. Hallucinations and prayers abounded; magic crystals were employed; when the dictionary failed, a psychic was consulted

<strong>Pity the semicolon</strong>. In poor favor since the mid-19th century, now it&rsquo;s an object of derision. The semicolon is a goofy antique, yes, but it still works

Wed, 07/11/2018 - 17:10
Pity the semicolon. In poor favor since the mid-19th century, now it’s an object of derision. The semicolon is a goofy antique, yes, but it still works

Is Lucretius a useful guide to the <strong>American political situation</strong>? Martha Nussbaum thinks so. She's not so much wrong as oblivious

Wed, 07/11/2018 - 17:10
Is Lucretius a useful guide to the American political situation? Martha Nussbaum thinks so. She's not so much wrong as oblivious

<strong><em>Privilege</em></strong>: We hear that word a lot these days, usually as an indictment lobbed by the privileged themselves. Why? Matthew Crawford has a theory

Wed, 07/11/2018 - 17:10
Privilege: We hear that word a lot these days, usually as an indictment lobbed by the privileged themselves. Why? Matthew Crawford has a theory

The man who discovered probability. We now live in a Bayesian age, but for centuries <strong>Thomas Bayes&nbsp;</strong>was dismissed as a crank. It's a scandal of modern intellectual life

Tue, 07/10/2018 - 17:24
The man who discovered probability. We now live in a Bayesian age, but for centuries Thomas Bayes was dismissed as a crank. It's a scandal of modern intellectual life

The ancient Athenian <strong>Alcibiades</strong>&nbsp;punched his future father-in-law, bit his wrestling opponent, and tried to seduce everyone. How an appalling man became so appealing

Tue, 07/10/2018 - 17:24
The ancient Athenian Alcibiades punched his future father-in-law, bit his wrestling opponent, and tried to seduce everyone. How an appalling man became so appealing

Our culture scoffs at Freud and Jung and puts its faith in science and statistics. One hole in this pervasive rationality: the <strong>magic of coincidences</strong>

Tue, 07/10/2018 - 17:24
Our culture scoffs at Freud and Jung and puts its faith in science and statistics. One hole in this pervasive rationality: the magic of coincidences

Concerns about <strong>cultural appropriation</strong>&nbsp;in literature have mounted. These complaints are baffling: What, exactly, is cultural appropriation?

Mon, 07/09/2018 - 15:39
Concerns about cultural appropriation in literature have mounted. These complaints are baffling: What, exactly, is cultural appropriation?

The <strong>memoir as manual</strong>&nbsp;is a most irksome publishing craze. As if life were a tidy moral lesson, and every idiosyncratic experience worthy of extrapolation

Mon, 07/09/2018 - 15:39
The memoir as manual is a most irksome publishing craze. As if life were a tidy moral lesson, and every idiosyncratic experience worthy of extrapolation

The Western canon emerged from a textual culture. Now we're in a digital age, when information is infinite. <strong>What authority do the Great Books still possess</strong>?&nbsp;

Mon, 07/09/2018 - 15:39
The Western canon emerged from a textual culture. Now we're in a digital age, when information is infinite. What authority do the Great Books still possess