July 22, 2024 | Do we extract moral wisdom from reading? Or is reading itself a form of moral instruction?... more »


July 19, 2024 | Critics have traded the pleasure of reading for disenchanted explanations of what the books we enjoy say about us rather than what they say to us... more »


July 18, 2024 | Do the world's museums, many of which are filled with treasures from the colonial era, have a future? Of course they do!... more »


July 17, 2024 | Surrealism then and now. In the late '60s, the movement was outflanked by the left. Now it's been passed on the right... more »


July 16, 2024 | Solzhenitsyn's warning. After the gulag, he smelled intellectual rot wherever he went. Naive killjoy or vindicated prophet?... more »


July 15, 2024 | Is a public philosophy still possible? Don’t confuse intellectual titillation with the examined life... more »


July 12, 2024 | "The historian-as-self-appointed-indispensable-public-adviser-on-current-politics collapsed into a pile of pretty evident absurdity"... more »


July 11, 2024 | How is it that some writers can be so moral on the page and so cruel in their lives? Consider Alice Munro... more »


July 10, 2024 | “Marlowe endures as a parallel universe Bard, a kind of shadowy counter-Shakespeare, the great, queer, sacrilegious poet and playwright of damnation”... more »


July 9, 2024 | Whatever Foucault’s sins, his liberal critics have him wrong. He didn’t start the identitarian culture war... more »


July 8, 2024 | It's a gas! The strange story of the discovery that nitrous oxide creates delusions and blocks pain... more »


July 5, 2024 | Hypothetical moral tests are prone to grade inflation. No need to time-travel to test your sense of decency... more »


July 4, 2024 | The university and its ideals. Eliot Cohen is retiring from the academic world after 42 years, with doubts and foreboding... more »


July 3, 2024 | Why are there so few conservative professors, and what should be done about it? Steven Teles elaborates... more »


July 2, 2024 | Hayek and Freud. The former detested the latter, though both were attuned to the power of subconscious knowledge... more »


July 1, 2024 | Andrea Long Chu on Rachel Cusk: "To question the possibility of female art is, ultimately, to question the possibility of female thought"... more »


June 28, 2024 | Art and artifice. The former is an instrument of transcendence, the latter a homogenizing force. Donna Tartt explains... more »


June 27, 2024 | Forty years after his death, can we finally see Foucault clearly, without distortions or illusions? Probably not... more »


June 26, 2024 | "If a creative is an artist without the art, then a Ph.D. in creativity is the perfect product for an arts school that has dropped the human from the humanities"... more »


June 25, 2024 | "Criticism lit people up, stirred them, made them reconsider what they value and how," says Namwali Serpell. Is that still true?... more »


June 24, 2024 | Fairy tales take both evil and good seriously. They are truthful. We do kids no favors by sanitizing them... more »


June 21, 2024 | Dance trends are as much the products of money and institutional support as of artistic talent. Consider Martha Graham and George Balanchine... more »


June 20, 2024 | Meghan O'Rourke is ambivalent about ambivalence. It speaks to what we could be, the voice of our lives and of our unled lives... more »


June 19, 2024 | Articulating life in your own words is central to the human experience. Allowing AI to do this for us is an act of self-erasure... more »


June 18, 2024 | What, exactly, is a paradigm shift? The concept has become unmoored from the term... more »


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