Articles of Note

Critics debate a new structure at New York City’s Hudson Yards — does it resemble a beehive, a pine cone, a wastebasket? They agree, though, that it is an exercise in architectural cynicism... more »


New Books

Early modern alchemists — Newton included — feared that their research, if revealed, would trigger social collapse. And so they employed an obfuscatory jargon not rivaled in complexity until postmodernism... more »


Essays & Opinions

Literary parties are generally awkward disasters. This holds in fiction and in life. As John O’Hara put it, they are about “terrible people” getting “gloriously drunk”... more »