Nov. 4, 2022 | Urban realist, existentialist, symbolist, tortured dreamer: Who was the real Edward Hopper?    ... more »


Nov. 3, 2022 | Oxford, Cambridge, … the University of Austin? A new institution in Texas has grand ambitions — and a reputation as “Anti Woke U” ... more »


Nov. 2, 2022 | Never has there been a more garrulous or self-reflective revolution than that of 1848 in France... more »


Nov. 1, 2022 | The new history wars. Do we study the past to explore its strangeness? Or do we primarily seek an understanding of our world?    ... more »


Oct. 31, 2022 | How Diaghilev and Nijinsky pushed ballet beyond lurid romance and into uncharted aesthetic territory... more »


Oct. 29, 2022 | Feeling patriotism for a foreign country is, when you think about it, odd. Why are so many Americans experiencing that for Ukraine?... more »


Oct. 28, 2022 | Mike Davis spent just enough time in academe to learn the tricks without getting sucked into its strictures... more »


Oct. 27, 2022 | "He’s going to live." Andrew Wylie on Rushdie, the book business, and loathing Stephen King... more »


Oct. 26, 2022 | Stephen Elliot made a name for himself by turning self-destruction into art. Is his "shitty media men" lawsuit any different?... more »


Oct. 25, 2022 | Before the Brontë sisters were the " Misses Porter," Jane and Maria, who triumphed on the British literary scene... more »


Oct. 24, 2022 | A two-day conference at Stanford on academic freedom that's closed to the public. Oh, the irony... more »


Oct. 22, 2022 | The soapocalypse. Diminishing audiences, predictable plotlines, competition from reality TV — does the soap opera have a future?... more »


Oct. 21, 2022 | Bruno Latour, known among French intellectuals as a kind of anti-scientific wild man, died last week. He was 75... more »


Oct. 20, 2022 | Charges of racism roiled the Guggenheim in 2020. The curator Nancy Spector took the fall, but what did scapegoating accomplish?... more »


Oct. 19, 2022 | James Bennett: "I was so bewildered for so long after I had what felt like all my colleagues treating me like an incompetent fascist”... more »


Oct. 18, 2022 | To think responsibly about the past requires thinking oneself into the minds of people who no longer exist. Andrew Delbanco explains... more »


Oct. 17, 2022 | C. Vann Woodward offered a usable past for the civil-rights movement, then grew disaffected with the struggle... more »


Oct. 15, 2022 | Ismail Muhammad: “Our current problem isn’t an insufficient amount of Black representation in literature but a surfeit of it”   ... more »


Oct. 14, 2022 | Was Chaucer a rapist? For 150 years, medievalists thought it likely. A stunning discovery challenges that belief   ... more »


Oct. 13, 2022 | Langston Hughes, then Richard Wright, then James Baldwin. Did The New York Times cover just one Black writer at a time?... more »


Oct. 12, 2022 | Yuval Noah Harari's sweeping accounts of the past and future of humanity are vivid and gripping and riddled with errors... more »


Oct. 11, 2022 | Dark Side of the Moon addresses aging, death, fear, greed, and violence. Is it the sound of Stoicism?... more »


Oct. 10, 2022 | Ralph Ellison was wary of political agendas and ideological impositions. Style mattered most ... more »


Oct. 8, 2022 | Consumers of poetry no longer want intellectual rigor. They want the poet’s trauma, millennial irony, and wink-wink cleverness... more »


Oct. 7, 2022 | As a young woman, Vivian Gornick was determined to be a serious writer. Yet she could not bring herself to write ... more »


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