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A boomlet of &ldquo;<strong>death of liberalism</strong>&rdquo; writing is underway. But look back: It first died in the 1870s and has been dying almost continuously since 1920

Sat, 06/30/2018 - 19:59
A boomlet of “death of liberalism” writing is underway. But look back: It first died in the 1870s and has been dying almost continuously since 1920

Life is awash with <strong>inducements to stupidity and greed</strong>. Witness how the global art market is too busy acquiring to think about much of anything else

Fri, 06/29/2018 - 20:41
Life is awash with inducements to stupidity and greed. Witness how the global art market is too busy acquiring to think about much of anything else

The writing and enjoyment of intellectual works are often predicated on <strong>exploitation</strong>. Should one feel guilt &mdash; or gratitude &mdash; for such privileges?

Fri, 06/29/2018 - 20:41
The writing and enjoyment of intellectual works are often predicated on exploitation. Should one feel guilt — or gratitude — for such privileges?

<strong>Frida Kahlo&rsquo;s ashtray</strong>, her eyebrow pencil, her prosthetic leg &mdash; they convey only emptiness, alienation, and loss. They are displayed in museums, but they are not art

Fri, 06/29/2018 - 20:41
Frida Kahlo’s ashtray, her eyebrow pencil, her prosthetic leg — they convey only emptiness, alienation, and loss. They are displayed in museums, but they are not art

<strong>Romain Gary</strong>, literary bad boy. He fabulated copiously, wrote under assumed names, and won the Prix Goncourt twice, which was technically impossible

Thu, 06/28/2018 - 19:34
Romain Gary, literary bad boy. He fabulated copiously, wrote under assumed names, and won the Prix Goncourt twice, which was technically impossible

What do <strong>Mary McCarthy, Hannah Arendt, and Susan Sontag</strong> have in common? They'd all have delighted in eviscerating a new group biography of them

Thu, 06/28/2018 - 19:34
What do Mary McCarthy, Hannah Arendt, and Susan Sontag have in common? They'd all have delighted in eviscerating a new group biography of them

Nothing is more American than to proudly declare yourself <strong>outside the mainstream</strong>. And so we've become a herd of people busily declaring ourselves not part of the herd

Thu, 06/28/2018 - 19:34
Nothing is more American than to proudly declare yourself outside the mainstream. And so we've become a herd of people busily declaring ourselves not part of the herd