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 »

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 »

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