March 1, 2024 | Hollywood’s obsession with constructed languages started with The Lord of the Rings and continues in the latest Dune movie... more »

Feb. 29, 2024 | Black weddings, vampire plagues, a blood tax — in Eastern Europe, storytelling and ritual were key to regional identity... more »

Feb. 28, 2024 | In the 1960s a team of scholars explored interspecies communication with dolphins. Then the experiments with LSD began... more »

Feb. 27, 2024 | Tarek Masoud: “The problem is not our students. It is us: faculty and administrators who are too afraid”... more »

Feb. 26, 2024 | The case for ethical fandom. Being a sports fan doesn’t diminish one’s ethical obligations — it heightens them... more »

Feb. 23, 2024 | “In Somaliland, an autonomous region perched at the northern tip of Somalia, poetry had sparked wars, toppled governments, and offered paths to peace”... more »

Feb. 22, 2024 | A question hangs over the reputation of the writer Enrique Gómez Carrillo: Did he betray his lover, a spy, to the French in World War I?... more »

Feb. 21, 2024 | The A.J. Finn saga: After writing a best seller, the thriller writer was exposed as a serial liar. Now he’s back with a new novel... more »

Feb. 20, 2024 | “When the end is in sight, even the most successful careers seem haunted by the specter of failure” ... more »

Feb. 19, 2024 | The biggest art fraud in history? The number of fake Norval Morrisseau works could surpass 10,000, with criminal profits of up to $100 million... more »

Feb. 16, 2024 | A typical Alasdair MacIntyre insight is simple, surprising and – when you come to think about it – completely true... more »

Feb. 15, 2024 | On campuses across the country, students have lost something fundamental: the ability to parse complex texts and arguments... more »

Feb. 14, 2024 | The unmistakable earthiness of Dutch high art comes across via pissing cows and crapping dogs... more »

Feb. 13, 2024 | The “eyeball test” measures a society’s fellow feeling: Can people look one other in the eyes without fear or deference?... more »

Feb. 12, 2024 | What – or who – killed Pablo Neruda? That is just one of the questions dogging his legacy and reputation... more »

Feb. 9, 2024 | “Our premodern precursors often had a special mechanism for dealing with old people who faltered. Quite simply: they killed them... more »

Feb. 8, 2024 | “Lives of wives” books, like those about Véra Nabokov and Zelda Fitzgerald, often define their subjects via their spouses. That misses the point... more »

Feb. 7, 2024 | Artists used to obsess over what it means to be a person in the world. Now they obsess over how to turn themselves into a brand... more »

Feb. 6, 2024 | How did China Medical University and King Abdulaziz University overtake UCLA and Princeton in rankings of math departments?... more »

Feb. 5, 2024 | The asphalt whisperers. When noise pollution requires treatment, acoustic ecologists and urban soundscape planners get called in... more »

Feb. 2, 2024 | Humanist vs. non-humanist battles can feel narrow and academic. But the political and cultural stakes are enormous... more »

Feb. 1, 2024 | How to make it in the art world? Anna Weyant and the occupational hazards of being young and successful... more »

Jan. 31, 2024 | When a scientist lopped off the heads of worms, he discovered a new possibility: You don't need a brain to be intelligent... more »

Jan. 30, 2024 | Goodbye, “Cooper’s hawk.” The American Ornithological Society has decreed no birds will be named after people. How come?... more »

Jan. 29, 2024 | The language of Scotland was not English, but the Germanic-infused Scots, which fell out of favor in the 17th century... more »

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