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<strong>Dickens mania</strong>. The author hated being treated like a rock star in America. He couldn&rsquo;t so much as drink a glass of water without being mobbed

Fri, 12/22/2017 - 16:37
Dickens mania. The author hated being treated like a rock star in America. He couldn’t so much as drink a glass of water without being mobbed

&ldquo;To Be Liked by You Would Be a Calamity.&rdquo; <strong>Marianne Moore&rsquo;s poems</strong> could be funny, tart, and conversational. But they <em>had</em> to have intensity

Fri, 12/22/2017 - 16:37
“To Be Liked by You Would Be a Calamity.” Marianne Moore’s poems could be funny, tart, and conversational. But they had to have intensity

What does biology teach us about <strong>human nature</strong>? That there is no such thing as human nature. We have to make it up as we go

Fri, 12/22/2017 - 16:37
What does biology teach us about human nature? That there is no such thing as human nature. We have to make it up as we go

<strong>Child prodigies</strong> fascinate because they are auguries. What do they reveal? All children flout both our best and our worst intentions

Thu, 12/21/2017 - 17:45
Child prodigies fascinate because they are auguries. What do they reveal? All children flout both our best and our worst intentions

Desire for booze lubricated the course of history: agriculture, civilization, revolution. What is it about <strong>getting drunk</strong> that we love so much?

Thu, 12/21/2017 - 17:45
Desire for booze lubricated the course of history: agriculture, civilization, revolution. What is it about getting drunk that we love so much?

A good education provides tools for understanding the world. <strong>Indoctrination</strong> offers just one lens. On many college campuses, that lens is power and privilege

Thu, 12/21/2017 - 17:45
A good education provides tools for understanding the world. Indoctrination offers just one lens. On many college campuses, that lens is power and privilege

Why was Brigid Hughes, who succeeded George Plimpton as editor of <em><strong>The Paris Review</strong></em>, been omitted from the magazine's history?

Wed, 12/20/2017 - 17:33
Why was Brigid Hughes, who succeeded George Plimpton as editor of The Paris Review, been omitted from the magazine's history?

<strong>Joseph Conrad</strong> fell out of favor long ago. There's the racism, of course, and his obsession with courage and honor. Yet he anticipated our world

Wed, 12/20/2017 - 17:33
Joseph Conrad fell out of favor long ago. There's the racism, of course, and his obsession with courage and honor. Yet he anticipated our world

For all the claims of paranoia, dislocation, and fragility, <strong>Joan Didion</strong> offers what none of her critics suspect: solidity. Patricia Lockwood explains

Wed, 12/20/2017 - 17:33
For all the claims of paranoia, dislocation, and fragility, Joan Didion offers what none of her critics suspect: solidity. Patricia Lockwood explains

<strong>How culture shapes madness</strong>. The dominant mode of psychiatry is one of brains, genes, and drugs. But what if schizophrenia is less hard-wired and more variable than we think?

Tue, 12/19/2017 - 16:15
How culture shapes madness. The dominant mode of psychiatry is one of brains, genes, and drugs. But what if schizophrenia is less hard-wired and more variable than we think?

For a time, Edward Garnett was known as the best reader in London. In reality, he was something like a <strong>literary mafia boss</strong>, nurturing his "cubs" and dispensing with others

Tue, 12/19/2017 - 16:15
For a time, Edward Garnett was known as the best reader in London. In reality, he was something like a literary mafia boss, nurturing his "cubs" and dispensing with others

Even friends of <strong>Mary McCarthy</strong> could muster only backhanded praise for her work. What put them off? Her perverse honesty, for one thing

Tue, 12/19/2017 - 16:15
Even friends of Mary McCarthy could muster only backhanded praise for her work. What put them off? Her perverse honesty, for one thing

Philosophy now comes to us in one form: the peer-reviewed article, published (preferably in English) in an academic journal. No wonder <strong>philosophy has become so irrelevant</strong>

Mon, 12/18/2017 - 17:19
Philosophy now comes to us in one form: the peer-reviewed article, published (preferably in English) in an academic journal. No wonder philosophy has become so irrelevant

The rise of the <strong>Instapoets.</strong> Often dismissed as &ldquo;not real poetry&rdquo; or for &ldquo;greeting-card verse,&rdquo; the works of Rupi Kaur and other social-media scribes deserve our attention

Mon, 12/18/2017 - 17:19
The rise of the Instapoets. Often dismissed as “not real poetry” or for “greeting-card verse,” the works of Rupi Kaur and other social-media scribes deserve our attention

<strong>The art of conducting</strong>. While you can demonstrate stick technique, you cannot teach a budding young conductor how to cultivate a magnetic personality

Mon, 12/18/2017 - 17:19
The art of conducting. While you can demonstrate stick technique, you cannot teach a budding young conductor how to cultivate a magnetic personality

Storytelling is inextricable from power: The act of <strong>reading is an act of submission</strong>. At best, reading novels is salutary. At worst, it erodes our sense of self

Sun, 12/17/2017 - 17:51
Storytelling is inextricable from power: The act of reading is an act of submission. At best, reading novels is salutary. At worst, it erodes our sense of self

Intellectual <strong>writing on music</strong> is not for everybody. When Mitchell Cohen attends an opera, he sees and hears layer upon layer: politically, socially, and historically

Sun, 12/17/2017 - 17:51
Intellectual writing on music is not for everybody. When Mitchell Cohen attends an opera, he sees and hears layer upon layer: politically, socially, and historically

It does not take long to sense something false in <strong>Andrew Wyeth</strong>. His art was his artifice, and his compelling images carry the stamp of inauthenticity. James Panero explains

Sun, 12/17/2017 - 17:51
It does not take long to sense something false in Andrew Wyeth. His art was his artifice, and his compelling images carry the stamp of inauthenticity. James Panero explains

How did a Jewish libertarian from the Bronx, a self-professed anarchist whose life was dedicated to <strong>destroying the state,</strong> end up on the reading lists of so many would-be fascists?

Fri, 12/15/2017 - 16:39
How did a Jewish libertarian from the Bronx, a self-professed anarchist whose life was dedicated to destroying the state, end up on the reading lists of so many would-be fascists?

David Bentley Hart is a scholar of old ideas, like those published in the <strong>New Testament</strong>. But he is a modern writer. The evidence: He is very rude

Fri, 12/15/2017 - 16:39
David Bentley Hart is a scholar of old ideas, like those published in the New Testament. But he is a modern writer. The evidence: He is very rude