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The physicist <strong>Leo Szilard</strong> was integral to the creation of nuclear weapons. His literary legacy, including a cabal of messianic dolphins, is less well known

Sun, 08/12/2018 - 18:33
The physicist Leo Szilard was integral to the creation of nuclear weapons. His literary legacy, including a cabal of messianic dolphins, is less well known

Pentecostal churches were hellfire preaching, general pandemonium &mdash; and music. They were where <strong>Elvis Presley, Little Richard, and James Brown</strong> learned to move a crowd

Sun, 08/12/2018 - 18:33
Pentecostal churches were hellfire preaching, general pandemonium — and music. They were where Elvis Presley, Little Richard, and James Brown learned to move a crowd

Among the <strong>Leonardo loonies</strong>. How a strange subculture of da Vinci obsessives creates elaborate, unsubstantiated theories to explain him

Sun, 08/12/2018 - 18:33
Among the Leonardo loonies. How a strange subculture of da Vinci obsessives creates elaborate, unsubstantiated theories to explain him

The <strong>tyranny of language</strong>. European colonizers tried to stamp out indigenous languages. The legacy of linguistic imperialism lives on

Fri, 08/10/2018 - 18:03
The tyranny of language. European colonizers tried to stamp out indigenous languages. The legacy of linguistic imperialism lives on

How would <strong>Aristotle cater a luncheon</strong>? What would he say about r&eacute;sum&eacute;s or global warming? Such tidbits, among other fluff, make up a new book

Fri, 08/10/2018 - 18:03
How would Aristotle cater a luncheon? What would he say about résumés or global warming? Such tidbits, among other fluff, make up a new book

Choosing what to read takes time and effort and often results in disappointment. Do yourself a favor: Ditch the best-seller list. <strong>Read old books</strong> instead

Fri, 08/10/2018 - 18:03
Choosing what to read takes time and effort and often results in disappointment. Do yourself a favor: Ditch the best-seller list. Read old books instead

What&rsquo;s it like to take a <strong>psychedelic drug</strong>? Answers may tend to echo the &ldquo;love conquers all&rdquo; platitudes of Hallmark cards, but they're convincing

Thu, 08/09/2018 - 18:51
What’s it like to take a psychedelic drug? Answers may tend to echo the “love conquers all” platitudes of Hallmark cards, but they're convincing

The trial over <em>The Trial</em>. German scholars argued that <strong>Kafka&rsquo;s manuscripts</strong> belonged to Germany; Israeli scholars disagreed. Then things got contentious

Thu, 08/09/2018 - 18:51
The trial over The Trial. German scholars argued that Kafka’s manuscripts belonged to Germany; Israeli scholars disagreed. Then things got contentious

"Anyone ambitious who lives to be old or even <em>old</em> endures the inevitable loss of ambition&rsquo;s fulfillment." Donald Hall on <strong>life at 90</strong>

Thu, 08/09/2018 - 18:51
"Anyone ambitious who lives to be old or even old endures the inevitable loss of ambition’s fulfillment." Donald Hall on life at 90

<strong>Black English</strong> is not a degraded form of the language. It's an alternative form. There's nothing wrong with it. So should white writers get in trouble for using it?

Wed, 08/08/2018 - 18:34
Black English is not a degraded form of the language. It's an alternative form. There's nothing wrong with it. So should white writers get in trouble for using it?

Life finds a way &mdash; but should it? The <strong>de-extinction movement</strong> promises to bring back mammoths and dinosaurs. Perhaps this hasn't been adequately thought through

Wed, 08/08/2018 - 18:34
Life finds a way — but should it? The de-extinction movement promises to bring back mammoths and dinosaurs. Perhaps this hasn't been adequately thought through

We've become indifferent to memory, allergic to tradition. Truth has been eclipsed by useful knowledge. <strong>Technocracy reigns, humanism wanes</strong>. Deep thoughts with Ross Douthat

Wed, 08/08/2018 - 18:34
We've become indifferent to memory, allergic to tradition. Truth has been eclipsed by useful knowledge. Technocracy reigns, humanism wanes. Deep thoughts with Ross Douthat

<strong>Simone Weil</strong> was a French Catholic mystic and writer of monkish austerity. Her life and death are stark and memorable. But is she relevant?

Tue, 08/07/2018 - 18:32
Simone Weil was a French Catholic mystic and writer of monkish austerity. Her life and death are stark and memorable. But is she relevant?

Why did <strong>Descartes</strong>, a social climber, leave Paris, a city he loved? His life was in danger. Or so says a new biography

Tue, 08/07/2018 - 18:32
Why did Descartes, a social climber, leave Paris, a city he loved? His life was in danger. Or so says a new biography

The life of the mind has been overtaken by the imperatives of advertising. Welcome to the <strong>era of the promotional intellectual&nbsp;</strong>

Tue, 08/07/2018 - 18:32
The life of the mind has been overtaken by the imperatives of advertising. Welcome to the era of the promotional intellectual 

The neuroscientist Barbara Lipska spent her career mapping the line between <strong>sanity and insanity</strong>. Then her own mind began to go wrong

Mon, 08/06/2018 - 18:38
The neuroscientist Barbara Lipska spent her career mapping the line between sanity and insanity. Then her own mind began to go wrong

A curious fact about the giants of <strong>utopian literature</strong>: The authors' own lives are far more interesting than those they imagined

Mon, 08/06/2018 - 18:38
A curious fact about the giants of utopian literature: The authors' own lives are far more interesting than those they imagined

Anger and tenderness. <strong>Adrienne Rich</strong> wrote little while raising her three sons, but the experience changed her: &ldquo;Motherhood radicalized me&rdquo;

Mon, 08/06/2018 - 18:38
Anger and tenderness. Adrienne Rich wrote little while raising her three sons, but the experience changed her: “Motherhood radicalized me”

"<strong>Bodies are unruly sites for politics</strong>," says Merve Emre. "Between the body and the political lies a vastly mediated world where belief and behavior do not always overlap"

Sun, 08/05/2018 - 18:54
"Bodies are unruly sites for politics," says Merve Emre. "Between the body and the political lies a vastly mediated world where belief and behavior do not always overlap"

&ldquo;It is a miracle that <strong>New York</strong> works at all,&rdquo; wrote E.B. White. &ldquo;The whole thing is implausible.&rdquo; Is the city the apotheosis of America or a national outlier? Maybe both

Sun, 08/05/2018 - 18:54
“It is a miracle that New York works at all,” wrote E.B. White. “The whole thing is implausible.” Is the city the apotheosis of America or a national outlier? Maybe both