July 22, 2024 | The Library of Congress maintains a collection of more than 175 million objects. How does it decide what to keep?... more »


July 19, 2024 | Two things about computers: Careful what you ask them to do. It can be hard to tell what they are doing... more »


July 18, 2024 | H.P. Lovecraft the writer was often bigoted and just plain bad. But Lovecraft the thinker is worth considering... more »


July 17, 2024 | To make genetic data intelligible, you need to name and classify organisms. Yet taxonomy is in a dire state... more »


July 16, 2024 | Fear itself is oddly attractive. Why do we crave small doses of terror? Elisa Gabbert investigates... more »


July 15, 2024 | A diligent bookkeeper of coital encounters, Sylvia Plath kept careful track of her dalliances. To what end?... more »


July 12, 2024 | In her 20s, Christine Smallwood wrote a lot of negative book reviews. Now she's more interested in being ambivalent... more »


July 11, 2024 | Humans have for centuries dreamed of logic machines. But even large language models lack something essential: reason... more »


July 10, 2024 | “The history of the footnote may well seem an apocalyptically trivial topic,” mused Anthony Grafton, before proving it's anything but... more »


July 9, 2024 | “Colleges and universities tend to select for people with WEIRD tendencies, and then refine and exacerbate those inclinations”... more »


July 8, 2024 | Human sacrifice is bizarre and seemingly inexplicable. Why did so much of humanity practice it?... more »


July 5, 2024 | Architecture is an art, but an applied art. It is ruled not by theory but by experience... more »


July 4, 2024 | Contemporary travelers have adopted the discourse of pilgrimage: a journey to transform and purify the self... more »


July 3, 2024 | Among the canceled. Here's what Ilya Shapiro learned from the campaign to get him fired... more »


July 2, 2024 | The man who eviscerated Freud. Frederick Crews, a merciless adversary, is dead at 91... more »


July 1, 2024 | Thoreau had a great zest for the extended metaphor, which he regarded as both a literary device and profound truth... more »


June 28, 2024 | Why archives matter. They can be what distinguishes those writers whose influence endures from those lost to history... more »


June 27, 2024 | The fame economy sells artists, not art. But what happens when a work of art is its own explanation, no personal brand required?... more »


June 26, 2024 | Orwell and "Orwellian." Would the writer be saddened to learn that his name has become synonymous with all the things that he vehemently opposed?... more »


June 25, 2024 | It began with a suspicious email. It led to Laura Kipnis's agreeing to become an AI bot in an effort to create a new way to read... more »


June 24, 2024 | Andrew O’Hagan is perched atop the London literary scene he so relishes skewering... more »


June 21, 2024 | A gulf supposedly separates “traditional” and “modern” parenting styles. The truth is more complicated, and more interesting... more »


June 20, 2024 | The threat of "indoctrination" is everywhere. How did a military term become a culture-war imprecation?... more »


June 19, 2024 | When Evelyn met Graham. Waugh and Greene didn't agree on much, but they somehow sustained a most remarkable friendship ... more »


June 18, 2024 | The new eugenics. Emerging technology is about to present parents with a set of ethical questions that few have thought seriously about ... more »


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