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<strong>J&uuml;rgen Habermas</strong>, 88, is still working and increasingly worried. The infrastructure that has maintained intellectual life is no longer intact

Tue, 05/29/2018 - 18:56
Jürgen Habermas, 88, is still working and increasingly worried. The infrastructure that has maintained intellectual life is no longer intact

The dominant image of <strong>Samuel Beckett</strong> is that of a man not merely apolitical but antipolitical, a disengaged pessimist offering disempowering despair. Don't believe it

Tue, 05/29/2018 - 18:56
The dominant image of Samuel Beckett is that of a man not merely apolitical but antipolitical, a disengaged pessimist offering disempowering despair. Don't believe it

&ldquo;Past results are no guarantee of future performance, yet in book publishing they are pretty damn reliable.&rdquo; Is a <strong>minor writer</strong> destined to a career of mediocrity?

Tue, 05/29/2018 - 18:56
“Past results are no guarantee of future performance, yet in book publishing they are pretty damn reliable.” Is a minor writer destined to a career of mediocrity?

As a teenager, <strong>Reynaldo Hahn</strong> composed hymns to love and sang in Parisian salons. An affair with Proust, who called him <em>&ldquo;Mon petit Reynaldo,&rdquo;</em> followed

Mon, 05/28/2018 - 19:28
As a teenager, Reynaldo Hahn composed hymns to love and sang in Parisian salons. An affair with Proust, who called him “Mon petit Reynaldo,” followed

<strong>Stig Abell</strong>, a sports-loving, Guns N' Roses-listening veteran of the British tabloids, attends no book parties and has no literary relationships. How did he become editor of the <em>TLS</em>?

Mon, 05/28/2018 - 18:23
Stig Abell, a sports-loving, Guns N' Roses-listening veteran of the British tabloids, attends no book parties and has no literary relationships. How did he become editor of the TLS?

We live in an age that prizes efficiency. So how to explain the proliferation of <strong>pointless jobs</strong>? They make little economic sense. Their function must be political

Mon, 05/28/2018 - 18:23
We live in an age that prizes efficiency. So how to explain the proliferation of pointless jobs? They make little economic sense. Their function must be political

<strong>Tom Wolfe was the great statustician</strong>, exposing the pretensions, hypocrisies, fraudulence, and anxieties of others. He was ruthless to sad social climbers and intellectuals alike

Sun, 05/27/2018 - 18:35
Tom Wolfe was the great statustician, exposing the pretensions, hypocrisies, fraudulence, and anxieties of others. He was ruthless to sad social climbers and intellectuals alike

<strong>Barbara Ehrenreich</strong> doesn&rsquo;t meditate. She doesn&rsquo;t believe in self-care, wellness, or mindfulness. They are coercive, exploitative, and futile. We are not in charge of ourselves

Sun, 05/27/2018 - 18:35
Barbara Ehrenreich doesn’t meditate. She doesn’t believe in self-care, wellness, or mindfulness. They are coercive, exploitative, and futile. We are not in charge of ourselves

<strong>Jordan Peterson</strong> has much to say about masculine despair. But he offers no antidote, instead trying to make men feel better while failing to address the problems: misogyny and racism

Sun, 05/27/2018 - 18:35
Jordan Peterson has much to say about masculine despair. But he offers no antidote, instead trying to make men feel better while failing to address the problems: misogyny and racism

When <strong>great thinkers feared beans</strong>. Pythagoras thought fava beans contained the souls of the dead &mdash; an idea that had surprising currency in the ancient world

Fri, 05/25/2018 - 17:52
When great thinkers feared beans. Pythagoras thought fava beans contained the souls of the dead — an idea that had surprising currency in the ancient world

A <strong>memorable dinner at the White House</strong>. William Styron and James Baldwin attended. J.D. Salinger, a budding recluse, declined. Mary Hemingway bored JFK immensely

Fri, 05/25/2018 - 17:52
A memorable dinner at the White House. William Styron and James Baldwin attended. J.D. Salinger, a budding recluse, declined. Mary Hemingway bored JFK immensely

<strong>Heinrich Heine</strong> was neither deep nor strikingly original, and he did little to advance the intellectual debates of his time. What made him a major figure was his indomitable spirit

Fri, 05/25/2018 - 17:52
Heinrich Heine was neither deep nor strikingly original, and he did little to advance the intellectual debates of his time. What made him a major figure was his indomitable spirit

Aesthetically empty and running on a broken business model, art fairs are bad for art. Jerry Saltz on the menacing <strong>art-fair industrial complex</strong>&nbsp;

Thu, 05/24/2018 - 18:33
Aesthetically empty and running on a broken business model, art fairs are bad for art. Jerry Saltz on the menacing art-fair industrial complex 

Deontologists, consequentialists, virtue ethicists. Philosophers are hopelessly divided on how to reach the <strong>truth about morality</strong>&nbsp;

Thu, 05/24/2018 - 18:33
Deontologists, consequentialists, virtue ethicists. Philosophers are hopelessly divided on how to reach the truth about morality 

A <strong>work of art</strong> can be incisive, beautiful, discomfiting, or representative, but not necessary. So why do critics keep using that word?

Thu, 05/24/2018 - 18:33
A work of art can be incisive, beautiful, discomfiting, or representative, but not necessary. So why do critics keep using that word?

The private writing of <strong>Roland Barthes</strong> reveals his crushes, his musical and literary preferences, and his desired thesis adviser &mdash; Claude L&eacute;vi-Strauss, who turned him down

Wed, 05/23/2018 - 20:10
The private writing of Roland Barthes reveals his crushes, his musical and literary preferences, and his desired thesis adviser — Claude Lévi-Strauss, who turned him down

<strong>Leonardo</strong> and the riddle of authentication. His works have resurfaced with surprising frequency. Can an expert eye really detect when it's the real thing?

Wed, 05/23/2018 - 20:10
Leonardo and the riddle of authentication. His works have resurfaced with surprising frequency. Can an expert eye really detect when it's the real thing?

A star of book publishing, <strong>Peter Mayer</strong> was known for his charm, his temper, his savvy, and his smoking. An appreciation

Tue, 05/22/2018 - 18:02
A star of book publishing, Peter Mayer was known for his charm, his temper, his savvy, and his smoking. An appreciation

Bleakness was his birthright. Despite the ministrations of academics, <strong>Joseph Conrad</strong> endures as a modern master of a tragic sense of life

Tue, 05/22/2018 - 18:02
Bleakness was his birthright. Despite the ministrations of academics, Joseph Conrad endures as a modern master of a tragic sense of life