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<strong>Lorca</strong> thought being from Granada helped him understand Gypsies, blacks, and Jews. But adopting poetic forms from stigmatized groups is a complicated business

Wed, 11/29/2017 - 18:31
Lorca thought being from Granada helped him understand Gypsies, blacks, and Jews. But adopting poetic forms from stigmatized groups is a complicated business

<strong>Clifton Fadiman</strong> was desperate to break into the WASP intellectual establishment. His plan: signal refinement by drinking the best wine

Wed, 11/29/2017 - 18:31
Clifton Fadiman was desperate to break into the WASP intellectual establishment. His plan: signal refinement by drinking the best wine

To be French is to argue about what it <strong>means to be French</strong>. At the least, it means a fondness for adversarial politics and abstract notions

Wed, 11/29/2017 - 18:31
To be French is to argue about what it means to be French. At the least, it means a fondness for adversarial politics and abstract notions

<strong>Walcott, Brodsky, Heaney</strong>. Three great poets, at the height of their powers, converged on Boston. The result: Rabelaisian gusto

Tue, 11/28/2017 - 17:56
Walcott, Brodsky, Heaney. Three great poets, at the height of their powers, converged on Boston. The result: Rabelaisian gusto

What can we learn from a tell-all on <strong>literary women of the 1970s</strong>? That gossip is gold, and that the literary world is naturally mean, sad, and predatory

Tue, 11/28/2017 - 17:56
What can we learn from a tell-all on literary women of the 1970s? That gossip is gold, and that the literary world is naturally mean, sad, and predatory

<strong>Whiteness has replaced racism</strong> as the problem that bedevils the world. It's a profound and beguiling change in the intellectual terrain

Tue, 11/28/2017 - 17:56
Whiteness has replaced racism as the problem that bedevils the world. It's a profound and beguiling change in the intellectual terrain

The world&rsquo;s <strong>most pessimistic philosopher</strong>. David Benatar thinks life is so bad, people shouldn&rsquo;t have children. A trip inside the strange world of anti-natalist thinking

Mon, 11/27/2017 - 17:59
The world’s most pessimistic philosopher. David Benatar thinks life is so bad, people shouldn’t have children. A trip inside the strange world of anti-natalist thinking

&ldquo;I had no idea that ____ was so <em>interesting!</em>&rdquo; Canoes, oranges, the Merchant Marine &ndash; how does <strong>John McPhee</strong> get us to care about such subjects?

Mon, 11/27/2017 - 17:59
“I had no idea that ____ was so interesting!” Canoes, oranges, the Merchant Marine – how does John McPhee get us to care about such subjects?

<em>The Closing of the American Mind,</em> today. As <strong>Allan Bloom</strong> had it, our society requires elites but demands that they justify their existence in democratic terms

Mon, 11/27/2017 - 17:59
The Closing of the American Mind, today. As Allan Bloom had it, our society requires elites but demands that they justify their existence in democratic terms

"<strong>Liberalism is failing</strong> not because it fell short but because it was true to itself," says Patrick Deneen. "Liberalism is failing because liberalism succeeded"

Sun, 11/26/2017 - 19:42
"Liberalism is failing not because it fell short but because it was true to itself," says Patrick Deneen. "Liberalism is failing because liberalism succeeded"

Utopian ideas are supposed to be unrealistic. So can there be such a thing as a &ldquo;<strong>utopia for realists</strong>&rdquo;? It&rsquo;s a question of improvement: progress, not perfection

Sun, 11/26/2017 - 19:42
Utopian ideas are supposed to be unrealistic. So can there be such a thing as a “utopia for realists”? It’s a question of improvement: progress, not perfection

If the <strong>birth of states</strong> meant disease, famine, drudgery, and bondage for so many, why deplore their collapse? For James Scott, it&rsquo;s complicated

Sun, 11/26/2017 - 19:42
If the birth of states meant disease, famine, drudgery, and bondage for so many, why deplore their collapse? For James Scott, it’s complicated

The greatest expression of Romanticism in the 20th century can be found in the works of Tolkien. But <strong>after Tolkien, now what</strong>? Bradley J. Birzer has some thoughts

Fri, 11/24/2017 - 18:13
The greatest expression of Romanticism in the 20th century can be found in the works of Tolkien. But after Tolkien, now what? Bradley J. Birzer has some thoughts

Politics and the prairie. <strong>Laura Ingalls Wilder</strong> "lamented the arrival of the grasshoppers on her land but accepted it as divine retribution for the New Deal"

Fri, 11/24/2017 - 18:13
Politics and the prairie. Laura Ingalls Wilder "lamented the arrival of the grasshoppers on her land but accepted it as divine retribution for the New Deal"

Whatever you think of Foucault and Rorty, they were genuine scholars with a distinctive vision of reality. Even so, they opened the way to <strong>fake ideas and fake emotions</strong>

Fri, 11/24/2017 - 18:13
Whatever you think of Foucault and Rorty, they were genuine scholars with a distinctive vision of reality. Even so, they opened the way to fake ideas and fake emotions

<strong>When language divides</strong>. Even a lingua franca like English has esoteric registers, which repel outsiders and reinforce the insularity of its speakers

Thu, 11/23/2017 - 19:06
When language divides. Even a lingua franca like English has esoteric registers, which repel outsiders and reinforce the insularity of its speakers

Modernity makes us <strong>forget history</strong>. Or so argues a new book. But who or what is &ldquo;modernity,&rdquo; and how does it manage such a feat?

Thu, 11/23/2017 - 19:06
Modernity makes us forget history. Or so argues a new book. But who or what is “modernity,” and how does it manage such a feat?

Among the New York Intellectuals, <strong>Elizabeth Hardwick</strong> was considered a gentile sophisticate. She was, in fact, a master of articulate contempt

Thu, 11/23/2017 - 19:06
Among the New York Intellectuals, Elizabeth Hardwick was considered a gentile sophisticate. She was, in fact, a master of articulate contempt

The complex history of <strong>flash photography</strong>: Welcomed at first as a quasi-divine way of showing what had previously been hidden, now it can seem like an unwelcome intrusion

Wed, 11/22/2017 - 18:29
The complex history of flash photography: Welcomed at first as a quasi-divine way of showing what had previously been hidden, now it can seem like an unwelcome intrusion

Edward Garnett, who launched the careers of Joseph Conrad and D.H. Lawrence, was a businessman, critic, and muse &mdash; the sort of character unique to <strong>literary London</strong> in the 1890s

Wed, 11/22/2017 - 18:29
Edward Garnett, who launched the careers of Joseph Conrad and D.H. Lawrence, was a businessman, critic, and muse — the sort of character unique to literary London in the 1890s