May 24, 2018 | Philip Roth, master chronicler of the American berserk, is dead. He was 85... Zadie Smith... Paul Berman... Dwight Garner... Stephen Metcalf... Nathan Englander... Talia Lavin... James Wood... Bernard Henri-Levy... Sam Lipsyte... Roger Cohen... Ron Charles... Marc Weitzmann... Nicole Krauss... Wash Post...Guardian... The Forward... The New Yorker... David Marcus... Elizabeth Pochoda... Marco Roth... more »


May 23, 2018 | A star of book publishing, Peter Mayer was known for his charm, his temper, his savvy, and his smoking. An appreciation... more »


May 22, 2018 | “I’m the kind of writer that doesn’t know jack shit about anything,” says Stephen King. That might not put you off The Stand, but what about his poetry?... more »


May 21, 2018 | No one questions Oscar Hammerstein’s historical significance. But what explains the gap between his popularity and the middling esteem in which he is held by critics?... more »


May 19, 2018 | In 1985, a pilot program called Mozart-in-the-Parking-Lot discovered something surprising: You can fight crime with orchestral music... more »


May 18, 2018 | Precious and lilting, odd and interminable pauses, hanging in the air like "a thick cloud of oratorial perfume." What, exactly, is Poet Voice?... more »


May 17, 2018 | Tom Wolfe, journalist, novelist, contrarian, man of many verbal tics and white suits, is dead. He was 88... Louis Menand... Dwight Garner... Kurt Anderson.... Laura Miller... The Paris Review... Christian Lorentzen... Paul Elie... Graeme Wood... Christopher Bonanos... Elon Green... Adam Gopnik... Ron Charles... more »


May 16, 2018 | Useful in crime-scene investigations since China’s Qin dynasty, fingerprinting confounded Darwin and absolved Picasso. Where, exactly, does the technique come from?... more »


May 15, 2018 | When the Times called to tell Alice Dreger that she's part of a powerful alliance — the "intellectual dark web" — she laughed. Then she got worried... more »


May 14, 2018 | How many spaces — one or two — to leave after a period at the end of a sentence? The question is a matter of reading comprehension, yes, but also decency... more »


May 12, 2018 | For Plato, uprightness made us human; for Kant, people were inherently bent; Hegel worried about stiffness. Why does posture attract such philosophical attention?... more »


May 11, 2018 | Beware the autodidact's curse! You’ve read everything on a topic but haven’t spoken with anyone. You might be missing things, says Bryan Caplan... more »


May 10, 2018 | Joyce’s Dublin, Dos Passos’ New York, Woolf’s London, Proust’s Paris, Kafka’s Prague: How writers don't merely describe a city but reconstruct it... more »


May 9, 2018 | Every generation of intellectuals finds a way of coming to terms with the limits of its agency. Consider Joseph Brodsky's doctrine of passive resistance... more »


May 8, 2018 | Julia Kristeva's alleged collaboration with the Bulgarian secret police is unfortunate but understandable. Her other political errors are not... more »


May 7, 2018 | What makes a great editor? The job is bound in a paradox: Running a magazine is inherently plural, but the individual editor — Eliot, Sartre, Silvers — remains dominant... more »


May 5, 2018 | “In all literary history, there had never been so great a success.” Demand for Rousseau’s Julie was so insatiable, copies were rented out at hourly rates... more »


May 4, 2018 | The Vatican Secret Archives contains 53 linear miles of materials, dating back more than 12 centuries, locked away and largely inaccessible. Until now... more »


May 3, 2018 | Melville, at a loss. After the commercial flop of Moby-Dick, he mortgaged his farm and worked on a manuscript. Whatever happened to it?... more »


May 2, 2018 | “I think mayonnaise has a complex kind of relation to the sublime.” For Fred Moten, even condiments deserve deep thinking... more »


May 1, 2018 | In a Russian archive sits a cigarillo box. Inside is what's believed to be Hitler's teeth. What do they reveal about how he died?... more »


April 30, 2018 | To grasp the future of campus politics, you need to understand how a barely noticed altercation at the University of Nebraska became a proxy war... more »


April 28, 2018 | For years it was an article of faith that American classical music remained stubbornly Eurocentric and lacked a usable past. Then along came Leonard Bernstein... more »


April 27, 2018 | Worried that artificial intelligence will eclipse human intelligence? Rest easy, says Steven Pinker. Such scenarios falsely assume that intelligence implies a will to power... more »


April 26, 2018 | Alan Jacobs noticed how Twitter made him intemperate, rigid, narrow, simplistic. "I pray more and more that God would teach me when it’s time to shut up"... more »


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