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Toscanini's quasi-religious consecration to music fueled an obsessive and often miserable struggle to realize his vision of <strong>artistic perfection</strong>

Tue, 08/15/2017 - 18:36
Toscanini's quasi-religious consecration to music fueled an obsessive and often miserable struggle to realize his vision of artistic perfection

A dream of Utopia, an Eden of innocence, and then the Fall: The <strong>Summer of Love </strong>was about the pursuit of pleasure. But there was a puritan streak, too

Tue, 08/15/2017 - 18:36
A dream of Utopia, an Eden of innocence, and then the Fall: The Summer of Love was about the pursuit of pleasure. But there was a puritan streak, too

He was reckless and inept, bilked his rich and hopeless clients, slept with his sister-in-law, molested his younger sister. Was this the real <strong>Sigmund Freud</strong>?

Mon, 08/14/2017 - 18:38
He was reckless and inept, bilked his rich and hopeless clients, slept with his sister-in-law, molested his younger sister. Was this the real Sigmund Freud?

Secular thought arrived via not just luminaries but also <strong>everyday atheists</strong>: a cartoonist, a rogue traveling preacher, a teetotaler who ran afoul of obscenity laws&nbsp;

Mon, 08/14/2017 - 18:38
Secular thought arrived via not just luminaries but also everyday atheists: a cartoonist, a rogue traveling preacher, a teetotaler who ran afoul of obscenity laws 

Communists are <strong>unlikely entrepreneurs</strong>. But beginning in the 1930s, they set up bookstores across America. Turns out that even anticapitalists can't ignore the bottom line

Mon, 08/14/2017 - 18:38
Communists are unlikely entrepreneurs. But beginning in the 1930s, they set up bookstores across America. Turns out that even anticapitalists can't ignore the bottom line

Americans like to think of their colleges as venues for the free exchange of ideas. But campuses have never consistently welcomed <strong>unorthodox views</strong>

Sun, 08/13/2017 - 19:25
Americans like to think of their colleges as venues for the free exchange of ideas. But campuses have never consistently welcomed unorthodox views

The words &ldquo;boring&rdquo; and &ldquo;interesting&rdquo; didn't exist in English until the 1800s. Now we're inundated with Big Think on the topic. What's behind the "<strong>boredom boom</strong>"?

Sun, 08/13/2017 - 19:25
The words “boring” and “interesting” didn't exist in English until the 1800s. Now we're inundated with Big Think on the topic. What's behind the "boredom boom"?

Art enriches life and helps engage us with mortality. And so Robert McCrum, after a stroke and a fall, began to catalog his <strong>inventory of dissolution</strong>

Sun, 08/13/2017 - 19:25
Art enriches life and helps engage us with mortality. And so Robert McCrum, after a stroke and a fall, began to catalog his inventory of dissolution

The 19th-century Faithist community of Shalam had bold plans for expansion. But a problem loomed: <strong>amateur metaphysicians </strong>had little aptitude for physical labor

Fri, 08/11/2017 - 18:36
The 19th-century Faithist community of Shalam had bold plans for expansion. But a problem loomed: amateur metaphysicians had little aptitude for physical labor

How did a young woman from Pennsylvania become a world expert on sexual mores? Exploring <strong>Margaret Mead's sexual awakening</strong>

Fri, 08/11/2017 - 18:36
How did a young woman from Pennsylvania become a world expert on sexual mores? Exploring Margaret Mead's sexual awakening

Liberal democracy was meant to depoliticize society, to turn issues of <strong>public morality </strong>into private concerns. By that measure, it's been a failure&nbsp;

Fri, 08/11/2017 - 18:36
Liberal democracy was meant to depoliticize society, to turn issues of public morality into private concerns. By that measure, it's been a failure 

<strong>Dmitry Bykov</strong>&rsquo;s work has baffled non-Russian-speaking critics. But understanding the author of &ldquo;How Putin Became President of the USA,&rdquo; among other fairy tales, is worth the effort

Thu, 08/10/2017 - 18:49
Dmitry Bykov’s work has baffled non-Russian-speaking critics. But understanding the author of “How Putin Became President of the USA,” among other fairy tales, is worth the effort

&ldquo;&lsquo;Hardness&rsquo; has not been in our century a quality much admired in women," wrote <strong>Joan Didion</strong>. Yet she was among a cadre of women renowned for the unemotional clarity of her writing

Thu, 08/10/2017 - 18:49
“‘Hardness’ has not been in our century a quality much admired in women," wrote Joan Didion. Yet she was among a cadre of women renowned for the unemotional clarity of her writing

<strong>Freud the philosopher</strong>. Before psychoanalysis, he was primarily concerned with destroying what was then an intellectual orthodoxy: mind-body dualism

Thu, 08/10/2017 - 18:49
Freud the philosopher. Before psychoanalysis, he was primarily concerned with destroying what was then an intellectual orthodoxy: mind-body dualism

In the mid-1970s, <strong>Marcel Ophuls</strong> began work on a documentary about how people look away from or justify or deny what is done in their name. The film disappeared, until now

Wed, 08/09/2017 - 19:02
In the mid-1970s, Marcel Ophuls began work on a documentary about how people look away from or justify or deny what is done in their name. The film disappeared, until now

In 1931, a concrete structure was erected on the banks of the Moscow River. To roam its halls is to confront the horror, strangeness, and pathos of the<strong> Russian Revolution</strong>

Wed, 08/09/2017 - 19:02
In 1931, a concrete structure was erected on the banks of the Moscow River. To roam its halls is to confront the horror, strangeness, and pathos of the Russian Revolution

The conventional <strong>story of philosophy</strong> treats Indian, Buddhist, Chinese, and Islamic thought as isolated from the Western tradition. Time for an integrated approach

Wed, 08/09/2017 - 19:02
The conventional story of philosophy treats Indian, Buddhist, Chinese, and Islamic thought as isolated from the Western tradition. Time for an integrated approach

Previously unknown drawings, letters, and poems by <strong>Sylvia Plath </strong>have been discovered. Where's the novel she was working on when she died?

Tue, 08/08/2017 - 18:22
Previously unknown drawings, letters, and poems by Sylvia Plath have been discovered. Where's the novel she was working on when she died?

The birth of the <strong>modern museum </strong>allowed Victorian painters to imitate their forebears. Yet art didn&rsquo;t descend into pastiche and appropriation

Tue, 08/08/2017 - 18:22
The birth of the modern museum allowed Victorian painters to imitate their forebears. Yet art didn’t descend into pastiche and appropriation

Journalism may never have been as public-spirited as some <strong>ink-stained nostalgics </strong>like to think. But the myth mattered, and now it's in tatters

Tue, 08/08/2017 - 18:22
Journalism may never have been as public-spirited as some ink-stained nostalgics like to think. But the myth mattered, and now it's in tatters