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<strong>An octopus</strong> is a soft-bodied mollusc with three hearts that beat blue-green blood. It is also remarkably clever

Wed, 08/30/2017 - 15:12
An octopus is a soft-bodied mollusc with three hearts that beat blue-green blood. It is also remarkably clever

Nobody played Schubert like <strong> Sviatoslav Richter</strong>. His secret: tempo. Slow, even glacial, or making no sense at all, but all mesmerizing

Wed, 08/30/2017 - 15:12
Nobody played Schubert like Sviatoslav Richter. His secret: tempo. Slow, even glacial, or making no sense at all, but all mesmerizing

Napoleon was allergic to leather, Queen Victoria&rsquo;s wedding cake weighed 200 pounds, and other <strong>unusual facts</strong>&nbsp;from Christie's

Wed, 08/30/2017 - 08:01
Napoleon was allergic to leather, Queen Victoria’s wedding cake weighed 200 pounds, and other unusual facts from Christie's

Randall Jarrell thought that <strong>Richard Wilbur's poetry</strong>&nbsp;didn't go far enough &mdash; that he settled for good but not great work. Now 96, has Wilbur put that critique to rest?

Wed, 08/30/2017 - 08:01
Randall Jarrell thought that Richard Wilbur's poetry didn't go far enough — that he settled for good but not great work. Now 96, has Wilbur put that critique to rest?

How did <strong>religious freedom</strong>&nbsp;come to the West? Spinoza and Locke are often invoked, but in reality, persecution simply became too expensive

Wed, 08/30/2017 - 08:01
How did religious freedom come to the West? Spinoza and Locke are often invoked, but in reality, persecution simply became too expensive

Derrida dressed like a rakish ski instructor; Foucault was fond of leather jackets. <strong>Caring about clothes&nbsp;</strong>isn&rsquo;t mere vanity &mdash; it can signal intellectual commitment

Mon, 08/28/2017 - 18:03
Derrida dressed like a rakish ski instructor; Foucault was fond of leather jackets. Caring about clothes isn’t mere vanity — it can signal intellectual commitment

<strong>Economic equality</strong>&nbsp;seems like a very good thing. Too bad it tends to occur only under the most barbaric of conditions

Mon, 08/28/2017 - 18:03
Economic equality seems like a very good thing. Too bad it tends to occur only under the most barbaric of conditions

The author of a novel is not always well placed to interpret it. Ask <strong>Orhan Pamuk</strong>, who has spent a decade reflecting on the pitfalls of teaching his own books

Mon, 08/28/2017 - 18:03
The author of a novel is not always well placed to interpret it. Ask Orhan Pamuk, who has spent a decade reflecting on the pitfalls of teaching his own books