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"I thought, if I <strong>give Foucault LSD</strong>, I&rsquo;m sure he will realize that he is premature in obliterating our humanity and the mind as we know it"

Tue, 09/26/2017 - 18:10
"I thought, if I give Foucault LSD, I’m sure he will realize that he is premature in obliterating our humanity and the mind as we know it"

The Italian artist <strong>Carol Rama</strong> saw the psychiatric ward as a place of vibrancy and liberty. &ldquo;Madness is close to everybody,&rdquo; she said

Mon, 09/25/2017 - 18:16
The Italian artist Carol Rama saw the psychiatric ward as a place of vibrancy and liberty. “Madness is close to everybody,” she said

The &ldquo;eerie, queery, sometimes weary&rdquo; <strong>Edward Lear</strong>. A gay man in Victorian times, he lived a life full of sadness. Nonsense helped fill the void

Mon, 09/25/2017 - 18:16
The “eerie, queery, sometimes weary” Edward Lear. A gay man in Victorian times, he lived a life full of sadness. Nonsense helped fill the void

<strong>Democracy</strong>&nbsp;can be an unsightly spectacle. Much of the demos is ignorant or has just enough knowledge to screw things up. Is "epistocracy" the answer?

Mon, 09/25/2017 - 18:16
Democracy can be an unsightly spectacle. Much of the demos is ignorant or has just enough knowledge to screw things up. Is "epistocracy" the answer?

In the beginning was the <strong>pissing boy</strong>. Since then, painters and sculptors have depicted the act of urination. "A river of piss runs through art history"

Sun, 09/24/2017 - 18:38
In the beginning was the pissing boy. Since then, painters and sculptors have depicted the act of urination. "A river of piss runs through art history"

<strong>Montaigne</strong>&nbsp;was a politician, soldier, bureaucrat, and courtier before he became a philosopher. His work stands as a reminder of the permanent necessity of judgment

Sun, 09/24/2017 - 18:38
Montaigne was a politician, soldier, bureaucrat, and courtier before he became a philosopher. His work stands as a reminder of the permanent necessity of judgment

Why has the <strong>concept of truth</strong>&nbsp;become so problematic? It's a consequence of the opening of a distinction between truth-as-meaning and truth-as-fact

Sun, 09/24/2017 - 18:38
Why has the concept of truth become so problematic? It's a consequence of the opening of a distinction between truth-as-meaning and truth-as-fact

<strong>Secrets of the stacks.</strong> The New York Public Library&rsquo;s archives contain dentures, roller skates, and, as David Grann discovered, evidence of a systematic campaign of murder

Fri, 09/22/2017 - 23:05
Secrets of the stacks. The New York Public Library’s archives contain dentures, roller skates, and, as David Grann discovered, evidence of a systematic campaign of murder

<strong>Consider the couch.</strong> From the supine <em>symposia</em> of ancient Greece to Freud&rsquo;s psychoanalytic sessions, horizontality has been associated with deep thinking -- why?

Fri, 09/22/2017 - 23:05
Consider the couch. From the supine symposia of ancient Greece to Freud’s psychoanalytic sessions, horizontality has been associated with deep thinking -- why?

Why is <strong>Gottlob Frege,</strong> one of the founders of analytic philosophy, largely unknown today? For starters, little was recorded of his personality -- except his virulent racism

Fri, 09/22/2017 - 23:05
Why is Gottlob Frege, one of the founders of analytic philosophy, largely unknown today? For starters, little was recorded of his personality -- except his virulent racism

&ldquo;The era of world literature is at hand,&rdquo; proclaimed <strong>Goethe</strong> in 1827. His colleagues disagreed, and gave him a turban for his birthday. Thankfully, the debate has evolved

Thu, 09/21/2017 - 18:57
“The era of world literature is at hand,” proclaimed Goethe in 1827. His colleagues disagreed, and gave him a turban for his birthday. Thankfully, the debate has evolved

Modernity brought speed, stress, and sensory bombardment. In Austria, this <strong>&ldquo;nervous age&rdquo;</strong> drove the ideas of psychiatrists and architects together

Thu, 09/21/2017 - 18:57
Modernity brought speed, stress, and sensory bombardment. In Austria, this “nervous age” drove the ideas of psychiatrists and architects together

The latest <strong>neuro-nonsense,</strong> &ldquo;empathetics&rdquo; is the scientific (and corporate) attempt to map empathy biologically. How did this neo-phrenology come about?

Thu, 09/21/2017 - 18:57
The latest neuro-nonsense, “empathetics” is the scientific (and corporate) attempt to map empathy biologically. How did this neo-phrenology come about?

<strong>Evelyn Waugh's prose</strong>, known for its lethality, is seen by some as inconsistent with his Catholicism. But he couldn't have been a great satirist were he not a Catholic

Wed, 09/20/2017 - 17:51
Evelyn Waugh's prose, known for its lethality, is seen by some as inconsistent with his Catholicism. But he couldn't have been a great satirist were he not a Catholic

<strong>Hemingway in LA.</strong> He was there to raise money but &ldquo;came like a whirlwind,&rdquo; wrote Fitzgerald, and ended up throwing a wineglass into Dorothy Parker&rsquo;s fireplace

Wed, 09/20/2017 - 17:51
Hemingway in LA. He was there to raise money but “came like a whirlwind,” wrote Fitzgerald, and ended up throwing a wineglass into Dorothy Parker’s fireplace

<strong>What writers wear. </strong>Updike&rsquo;s look, like his prose, was &ldquo;normcore with flair.&rdquo; Beckett cultivated a &ldquo;nonchalantly seductive&rdquo; look via turtleneck. And then there&rsquo;s Knausgaard

Wed, 09/20/2017 - 17:51
What writers wear. Updike’s look, like his prose, was “normcore with flair.” Beckett cultivated a “nonchalantly seductive” look via turtleneck. And then there’s Knausgaard

Do <strong>hallucinogenic fungi</strong> have a significant place in art history? If the works of Hieronymus Bosch and Matthias Gr&uuml;newald are any guide, yes indeed

Tue, 09/19/2017 - 18:52
Do hallucinogenic fungi have a significant place in art history? If the works of Hieronymus Bosch and Matthias Grünewald are any guide, yes indeed

<strong>A poem is a machine</strong>, "one that for the reader produces discoveries, connections, glimmers of expression,&rdquo; says Matthew Zapruder. How should that machine function?

Tue, 09/19/2017 - 18:52
A poem is a machine, "one that for the reader produces discoveries, connections, glimmers of expression,” says Matthew Zapruder. How should that machine function?

<strong>James Burnham</strong>, Trotskyist turned CIA operative, wasn't an unscrupulous shape-shifter. He was a committed activist who never tired of hawking himself

Tue, 09/19/2017 - 18:52
James Burnham, Trotskyist turned CIA operative, wasn't an unscrupulous shape-shifter. He was a committed activist who never tired of hawking himself

<strong>Amis at 70</strong>. Once young and belligerent, now a domesticated elder statesman hoping that his daughter won't opt for college in California

Mon, 09/18/2017 - 18:50
Amis at 70. Once young and belligerent, now a domesticated elder statesman hoping that his daughter won't opt for college in California