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Nothing about <strong>George Simenon&rsquo;s career</strong> is like anyone else&rsquo;s. He was wildly prolific at hackwork and writing detective novels. And then he dictated 22 autobiographical works

Wed, 05/27/2020 - 18:36
Nothing about George Simenon’s career is like anyone else’s. He was wildly prolific at hackwork and writing detective novels. And then he dictated 22 autobiographical works

For some &ldquo;intellectually displaced&rdquo; women in the 1960s, a haven beckoned &mdash; <strong>the Radcliffe Institute</strong>, feminism&rsquo;s first think tank

Wed, 05/27/2020 - 18:36
For some “intellectually displaced” women in the 1960s, a haven beckoned — the Radcliffe Institute, feminism’s first think tank

As an experience and an idea, <strong>solitude</strong> is no simple matter. It is both a necessary refuge and a public health menace

Wed, 05/27/2020 - 18:36
As an experience and an idea, solitude is no simple matter. It is both a necessary refuge and a public health menace

Success requires flirting with the public, said <strong>George Bernard Shaw</strong>. He was more accomplished as a flirt than as a playwright

Tue, 05/26/2020 - 19:38
Success requires flirting with the public, said George Bernard Shaw. He was more accomplished as a flirt than as a playwright

Jonathan Haidt on <strong>culture war</strong>: &ldquo;This year or into next year will be kind of a pit of despair or a pit of darkness &mdash; and then we&rsquo;ll emerge from it&rdquo;

Tue, 05/26/2020 - 17:38
Jonathan Haidt on culture war: “This year or into next year will be kind of a pit of despair or a pit of darkness — and then we’ll emerge from it”

The world is turbulent and tragic, while philosophers are <strong>cool and rational</strong>. Their field would gain so much if they could be moved

Tue, 05/26/2020 - 17:38
The world is turbulent and tragic, while philosophers are cool and rational. Their field would gain so much if they could be moved

Why do we use categories &mdash; fantasy, literary, gothic &mdash; to describe novels? Tim Parks proposes a <strong>new taxonomy</strong>

Mon, 05/25/2020 - 19:35
Why do we use categories — fantasy, literary, gothic — to describe novels? Tim Parks proposes a new taxonomy

From Knausgaard to Lerner to Heti, we&rsquo;re plagued by goodness &mdash; as if readers were scandalized by <strong>immoral characters in fiction</strong>

Mon, 05/25/2020 - 19:35
From Knausgaard to Lerner to Heti, we’re plagued by goodness — as if readers were scandalized by immoral characters in fiction

<strong>L&aacute;szl&oacute; F&ouml;ld&eacute;nyi</strong> leads an assault on rationalism. In his prosecutorial zeal, is he missing the bigger picture?

Mon, 05/25/2020 - 19:35
László Földényi leads an assault on rationalism. In his prosecutorial zeal, is he missing the bigger picture?

How well do we know <strong>Philip Roth</strong>? Too well? Or not well enough? Let&rsquo;s check his archive

Sun, 05/24/2020 - 18:37
How well do we know Philip Roth? Too well? Or not well enough? Let’s check his archive

<strong>Coffee</strong>, &ldquo;the most grateful lubricant of the human machine,&rdquo; has made &mdash; and destroyed &mdash; entire societies

Sun, 05/24/2020 - 18:37
Coffee, “the most grateful lubricant of the human machine,” has made — and destroyed — entire societies

The value of <strong>science as a credential</strong> seems stronger than ever. Is this ubiquity a symptom of its decline?

Sun, 05/24/2020 - 18:37
The value of science as a credential seems stronger than ever. Is this ubiquity a symptom of its decline?

Everyone wants a glimpse of the post-Covid world, so the public square is <strong>thick with prophets</strong>. Ignore them

Fri, 05/22/2020 - 18:09
Everyone wants a glimpse of the post-Covid world, so the public square is thick with prophets. Ignore them

The poetry of <strong>Paul Val&eacute;ry</strong> seems the work of a man behind his times. But beneath the old-fashioned veneer is the shock of the modern

Fri, 05/22/2020 - 18:09
The poetry of Paul Valéry seems the work of a man behind his times. But beneath the old-fashioned veneer is the shock of the modern

John Cage stroking bits of wire, Leonard Bernstein conducting Beethoven&rsquo;s Ninth: The strangely addictive joy of <strong>classical YouTube</strong>

Fri, 05/22/2020 - 18:09
John Cage stroking bits of wire, Leonard Bernstein conducting Beethoven’s Ninth: The strangely addictive joy of classical YouTube

The art critic <strong>Hal Foster</strong> separated &ldquo;good&rdquo; from &ldquo;bad&rdquo; postmodernism. How real is that distinction?

Thu, 05/21/2020 - 18:36
The art critic Hal Foster separated “good” from “bad” postmodernism. How real is that distinction?

We know <strong>Raphael</strong> as a painter, but his life might have turned out far differently &mdash; he was also a formidable architect

Thu, 05/21/2020 - 18:36
We know Raphael as a painter, but his life might have turned out far differently — he was also a formidable architect

The <strong>rise of individualism</strong> is linked to that of infectious diseases. Leo Robson traces the inevitable effect on literature

Thu, 05/21/2020 - 18:36
The rise of individualism is linked to that of infectious diseases. Leo Robson traces the inevitable effect on literature

Behind Kepler&rsquo;s discoveries was remarkable data compiled by <strong>Tycho Brahe</strong>, a fierce astronomer with an artificial golden nose

Wed, 05/20/2020 - 18:37
Behind Kepler’s discoveries was remarkable data compiled by Tycho Brahe, a fierce astronomer with an artificial golden nose

With his puncturing of ideology and his wild, hallucinatory tales, <strong>Robert Stone</strong> reshaped what the American crime thriller could be

Wed, 05/20/2020 - 18:37
With his puncturing of ideology and his wild, hallucinatory tales, Robert Stone reshaped what the American crime thriller could be