March 22, 2024 | Marilynne Robinson: “I consider the Bible to be the most complex document on the planet”... more »


March 21, 2024 | Does “coming out of the closet” turn gay men into oppressors of the more marginalized? Queer theory seems to think so... more »


March 20, 2024 | The publishing industry is notoriously sleepy. But here come the Silicon-Valley inflected CEOs spouting MBAisms... more »


March 19, 2024 | Whither the “litblog”? Blogs were once at the center of the online cultural ecosystem. The appetite for such work has diminished... more »


March 18, 2024 | Wicked baronets and disastrous marriages — the “sensation novels” of the 1860s updated Gothic elements for Victorian sensibilities... more »


March 15, 2024 | In 2020, a star physicist claimed an incredible advance: a room temperature superconductor. Retractions followed... more »


March 14, 2024 | Wonders emerge in the ocean’s deepest trenches: corals, crustaceans, a multitude of bizarre fish. Also: nuclear waste and tins of Spam... more »


March 13, 2024 | What can a generation of deeply religious thinkers in a moment of disenchantment teach modern humanists? Everything... more »


March 12, 2024 | Nietzsche’s misogyny. Yes, he railed against intelligent women, said Helene Stöcker, but anyone could see he meant it ironically... more »


March 11, 2024 | For decades, rumors circulated about Charles Bukowski’s pro-Nazi letters. Now discovered, they reveal a surprise: Bukowski was joking... more »


March 8, 2024 | In 1819, Friedrich Ludwig Jahn, a philologist and theologian, was jailed. His crime: teaching gymnastics and calisthenics... more »


March 7, 2024 | Gabriel García Márquez wanted his final novel destroyed. Now, a decade after his death, it will be published... more »


March 6, 2024 | Unesco has tasked itself with safeguarding “intangible cultural heritage.” Does Belgian horseback shrimp fishing need protection?... more »


March 5, 2024 | When philosophers had sharp elbows, idiocy was mercilessly mocked. Now the field is kindler, gentler, and awash in silliness... more »


March 4, 2024 | Miles Davis’s Take 3 was nine minutes and thirty-five seconds of musical transcendence. His impromptu solo has gained immortality... more »


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 »


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