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<strong>The Orwell cult</strong>. His lionization as a moral giant and a prophet is overdone. But one thing really grates: the idea that he's a monument to human decency

Wed, 11/22/2017 - 18:29
The Orwell cult. His lionization as a moral giant and a prophet is overdone. But one thing really grates: the idea that he's a monument to human decency

<strong>Economics</strong> is not inherently unreliable; it just tends to be that way. The fault belongs to economists themselves, but also to those who ignore them

Tue, 11/21/2017 - 19:10
Economics is not inherently unreliable; it just tends to be that way. The fault belongs to economists themselves, but also to those who ignore them

&ldquo;I&rsquo;ve taken to eating the occasional date,&rdquo; writes <strong>Alan Bennett</strong> in his diary, an exhausting but entertaining catalog of the mundanities and absurdities of contemporary life

Tue, 11/21/2017 - 19:10
“I’ve taken to eating the occasional date,” writes Alan Bennett in his diary, an exhausting but entertaining catalog of the mundanities and absurdities of contemporary life

Narrative-puncturing was a way of life for <strong>Joan Didion</strong>. Even the reputation of her great-great-great-grandfather, supposedly a snake-slaying pioneer, wasn&rsquo;t safe

Tue, 11/21/2017 - 19:10
Narrative-puncturing was a way of life for Joan Didion. Even the reputation of her great-great-great-grandfather, supposedly a snake-slaying pioneer, wasn’t safe

Viewing other <strong>people as objects</strong> enables our very worst conduct &mdash; that notion has long been a reassuring one. The truth may be harder to accept

Mon, 11/20/2017 - 19:25
Viewing other people as objects enables our very worst conduct — that notion has long been a reassuring one. The truth may be harder to accept

Some 165,000 years ago, people on the South African coast started to eat molluscs and to use the shells as adornments. That&rsquo;s <strong>when humans became human</strong>

Mon, 11/20/2017 - 19:25
Some 165,000 years ago, people on the South African coast started to eat molluscs and to use the shells as adornments. That’s when humans became human

About 95 million images are uploaded to <strong>Instagram</strong> every day. This behavior seems new. But it was prefigured by an earlier aesthetic movement: the picturesque

Mon, 11/20/2017 - 19:25
About 95 million images are uploaded to Instagram every day. This behavior seems new. But it was prefigured by an earlier aesthetic movement: the picturesque

Stephen F. Cohen, who says he's skeptical about everything except horses and bourbon, is oddly <strong>credulous about Putin</strong>. His enemies and friends ask the same question: Why?

Sun, 11/19/2017 - 18:55
Stephen F. Cohen, who says he's skeptical about everything except horses and bourbon, is oddly credulous about Putin. His enemies and friends ask the same question: Why?

To join the <strong>Martin Amis Canon</strong> of Approved Writers, you must be a virtuoso at the sentence level. It also helps to be male, straight, and white

Sun, 11/19/2017 - 18:55
To join the Martin Amis Canon of Approved Writers, you must be a virtuoso at the sentence level. It also helps to be male, straight, and white

What does it mean <strong>to be a jerk</strong>? It is to be ignorant of the value of others and the merit of their ideas. Maybe you know one. Maybe you are one

Sun, 11/19/2017 - 18:55
What does it mean to be a jerk? It is to be ignorant of the value of others and the merit of their ideas. Maybe you know one. Maybe you are one

We knowingly assert that civilization &ldquo;collapsed&rdquo; on <strong>Easter Island</strong>. The truth is more complicated. After all, history isn&rsquo;t about conveying neat moral lessons

Fri, 11/17/2017 - 16:02
We knowingly assert that civilization “collapsed” on Easter Island. The truth is more complicated. After all, history isn’t about conveying neat moral lessons

In the Vale of Malmesbury, 80 miles west of London, the clay soil is shaped into gentle hills, dotted with stone farmhouses. It's here that <strong>conservatism meets conservation</strong>

Fri, 11/17/2017 - 15:00
In the Vale of Malmesbury, 80 miles west of London, the clay soil is shaped into gentle hills, dotted with stone farmhouses. It's here that conservatism meets conservation

&ldquo;In my poetry a rhyme / Would seem to be almost insolent,&rdquo; <strong>Brecht wrote</strong> in &ldquo;Bad Time for Poetry,&rdquo; just before the Nazi invasion of Poland. He nonetheless kept crafting quatrains

Fri, 11/17/2017 - 15:00
“In my poetry a rhyme / Would seem to be almost insolent,” Brecht wrote in “Bad Time for Poetry,” just before the Nazi invasion of Poland. He nonetheless kept crafting quatrains

Glass is everywhere in photography, especially <strong>broken glass</strong>. When it breaks, what intrigues us is the brittleness that was there all along

Thu, 11/16/2017 - 18:35
Glass is everywhere in photography, especially broken glass. When it breaks, what intrigues us is the brittleness that was there all along

Techno-optimists once prized testicular material from apes; today they plan to <strong>upload human minds</strong>. As always, one person&rsquo;s dream is another&rsquo;s nightmare

Thu, 11/16/2017 - 18:35
Techno-optimists once prized testicular material from apes; today they plan to upload human minds. As always, one person’s dream is another’s nightmare

From hippie fun to shell of its former self: <strong><em>Rolling Stone</em></strong> is a mirror of the baby-boom generation. The reflection isn't pretty

Thu, 11/16/2017 - 18:35
From hippie fun to shell of its former self: Rolling Stone is a mirror of the baby-boom generation. The reflection isn't pretty

Ever heard of a wimmelbilderbuch, grimoire, or sammelband? Maybe you've visited a xylotheque? If that makes sense, congratulations: You know your <strong>obscure archival lingo</strong>

Wed, 11/15/2017 - 19:58
Ever heard of a wimmelbilderbuch, grimoire, or sammelband? Maybe you've visited a xylotheque? If that makes sense, congratulations: You know your obscure archival lingo

<strong>Millennials</strong> are portrayed as brittle. But they're not fragile &mdash; they're overstretched. "Efficiency is our existential purpose, and we are a generation of finely honed tools&rdquo;

Wed, 11/15/2017 - 19:58
Millennials are portrayed as brittle. But they're not fragile — they're overstretched. "Efficiency is our existential purpose, and we are a generation of finely honed tools”

What&rsquo;s it like to be from &ldquo;an abstract nowhere&rdquo;? <strong>Midwesterners</strong> have a regional identity built on the idea of unqualified normality. But that isn&rsquo;t as simple as it sounds

Wed, 11/15/2017 - 19:58
What’s it like to be from “an abstract nowhere”? Midwesterners have a regional identity built on the idea of unqualified normality. But that isn’t as simple as it sounds

<strong>Kierkegaard</strong> is a favorite of angsty adolescents. But it is adults, more than ever, who can most benefit from the ethical seriousness of his life and work

Tue, 11/14/2017 - 17:42
Kierkegaard is a favorite of angsty adolescents. But it is adults, more than ever, who can most benefit from the ethical seriousness of his life and work