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Picture <strong>Mary Shelley</strong> summoning Percy to a tryst; imagine her pregnant and seasick, eloping across the English Channel. Do these scenes reveal or obscure her personality

Wed, 06/06/2018 - 18:44
Picture Mary Shelley summoning Percy to a tryst; imagine her pregnant and seasick, eloping across the English Channel. Do these scenes reveal or obscure her personality

"Every truth becomes false when you take it to its extreme," says <strong>David Brooks</strong>. Affluence, for example: "People take money and translate it into loneliness"

Wed, 06/06/2018 - 18:44
"Every truth becomes false when you take it to its extreme," says David Brooks. Affluence, for example: "People take money and translate it into loneliness"

How <strong>not to write a biography</strong>: Choose a figure about whom we known almost nothing, make liberal use of the word &ldquo;presumably,&rdquo; invent a timeline where none is justified

Tue, 06/05/2018 - 19:35
How not to write a biography: Choose a figure about whom we known almost nothing, make liberal use of the word “presumably,” invent a timeline where none is justified

Modern life has deprived us of mystical rites, epiphanies, and inward reflection. Could the key to regaining such missing illumination be <strong>psychedelics</strong>?

Tue, 06/05/2018 - 19:35
Modern life has deprived us of mystical rites, epiphanies, and inward reflection. Could the key to regaining such missing illumination be psychedelics?

<strong>Benedict Arnold's treason</strong> seems not to matter much anymore. But it's fascinating: Spies and counterspies, suspense and close calls, a beautiful woman, Alexander Hamilton

Tue, 06/05/2018 - 08:22
Benedict Arnold's treason seems not to matter much anymore. But it's fascinating: Spies and counterspies, suspense and close calls, a beautiful woman, Alexander Hamilton

<strong>Yukio Mishima</strong>&rsquo;s <em>Sun and Steel</em> is a minor work, but a major one in the bizarro universe of white-supremacist arts and letters

Mon, 06/04/2018 - 18:34
Yukio Mishima’s Sun and Steel is a minor work, but a major one in the bizarro universe of white-supremacist arts and letters

<strong>Benedict Arnold's treason</strong> seems not to matter much anymore. But it's fascinating: Spies and counterspies, suspense and close calls, a beautiful woman, Alexander Hamilton

Mon, 06/04/2018 - 18:34
Benedict Arnold's treason seems not to matter much anymore. But it's fascinating: Spies and counterspies, suspense and close calls, a beautiful woman, Alexander Hamilton

<strong>Gullibility</strong> is alive and well among us. Consider the intellectual rot at the foundations of physics. Or the persistent popularity of anti-rationalism

Mon, 06/04/2018 - 18:34
Gullibility is alive and well among us. Consider the intellectual rot at the foundations of physics. Or the persistent popularity of anti-rationalism

<strong>Georges Borchardt</strong> spent his childhood fleeing Nazis. For the next seven decades, he toiled in the book business. "Did I know I was an agent? Of course not. I really didn&rsquo;t know what that was&rdquo;

Sun, 06/03/2018 - 18:37
Georges Borchardt spent his childhood fleeing Nazis. For the next seven decades, he toiled in the book business. "Did I know I was an agent? Of course not. I really didn’t know what that was”

Social scientists study beauty as physical appearance. The natural sciences study it as pattern and structure, fractals and spheres. But a <strong>messier form of beauty</strong> is coming into view

Sun, 06/03/2018 - 18:37
Social scientists study beauty as physical appearance. The natural sciences study it as pattern and structure, fractals and spheres. But a messier form of beauty is coming into view

<strong>Cumberland Clark</strong> was a Shakespeare scholar, a serious writer and critic, and no fool. Yet he's also the author of reams of ludicrous doggerel. Is he the second-worst poet in English?

Sun, 06/03/2018 - 18:37
Cumberland Clark was a Shakespeare scholar, a serious writer and critic, and no fool. Yet he's also the author of reams of ludicrous doggerel. Is he the second-worst poet in English?

At the turn of the 20th century, the dream of motion transfixed <strong>Monet</strong>. He rushed from canvas to canvas as if from scene to scene, in effect a motion picture

Fri, 06/01/2018 - 18:20
At the turn of the 20th century, the dream of motion transfixed Monet. He rushed from canvas to canvas as if from scene to scene, in effect a motion picture

A rose is red because we experience it as red. But our experience is itself mysterious. <strong>Daniel Dennett</strong> ponders the manifest and the scientific image of the world

Fri, 06/01/2018 - 18:20
A rose is red because we experience it as red. But our experience is itself mysterious. Daniel Dennett ponders the manifest and the scientific image of the world

Goldman Sachs has been depicted as the central villain of the Great Recession. Yet little has been said about its most egregious sin: the <strong>lobby art</strong>

Fri, 06/01/2018 - 18:20
Goldman Sachs has been depicted as the central villain of the Great Recession. Yet little has been said about its most egregious sin: the lobby art

<strong>Aristotle&rsquo;s ethics of virtue</strong> offers a flexible philosophy for the 21st century. Yet few people read him today. The problem: his academese

Thu, 05/31/2018 - 17:58
Aristotle’s ethics of virtue offers a flexible philosophy for the 21st century. Yet few people read him today. The problem: his academese

We're hooked on mirages: meaningless stimuli from an algorithm. Jaron Lanier offers 10 arguments for <strong>quitting social media</strong> right now

Thu, 05/31/2018 - 17:58
We're hooked on mirages: meaningless stimuli from an algorithm. Jaron Lanier offers 10 arguments for quitting social media right now

<strong>Jordan Peterson</strong> is many things, most notably an archetypal victim and beneficiary of our polarized times. One thing he is not: a dangerous far-right radical

Thu, 05/31/2018 - 17:58
Jordan Peterson is many things, most notably an archetypal victim and beneficiary of our polarized times. One thing he is not: a dangerous far-right radical

It was &ldquo;dreadful,&rdquo; a &ldquo;Potemkin city,&rdquo; a &ldquo;social hell.&rdquo; Why did the great artists of <em>fin de si&egrave;cle</em> Vienna <strong>hate their own city</strong> so much?

Wed, 05/30/2018 - 18:35
It was “dreadful,” a “Potemkin city,” a “social hell.” Why did the great artists of fin de siècle Vienna hate their own city so much?

Richard III, Macbeth, Lear, Mark Antony: <strong>Shakespeare's tyrants</strong> can tell us much about the puzzling psychology and spectacle of villainy

Wed, 05/30/2018 - 18:35
Richard III, Macbeth, Lear, Mark Antony: Shakespeare's tyrants can tell us much about the puzzling psychology and spectacle of villainy

Cheating and drinking and child-raising and defying the prevailing fantasies of a woman&rsquo;s place: <strong>Country music</strong> is the soundtrack of American domesticity

Wed, 05/30/2018 - 18:35
Cheating and drinking and child-raising and defying the prevailing fantasies of a woman’s place: Country music is the soundtrack of American domesticity