April 24, 2024 | In 1953, Margaret Macdonald advanced a bold theory: “Philosophical theories are much more like good stories than scientific explanations”... more »

April 23, 2024 | Animals mock efforts to classify and master them. Our formidable opponents include coral, rattlesnakes, stingrays, and raccoons... more »

April 22, 2024 | Descartes’s stove. Comfort is key to thought, and so the maxim “I think, therefore I am,” may be rewritten: “I think in a stove-heated room, therefore I am”... more »

April 19, 2024 | “I was born for opposition.” Lord Byron’s scandalous affairs and flouting of convention led to his becoming a social outcast... more »

April 18, 2024 | “Culture is no longer a way of transcending the political but the language in which certain key political demands are framed and fought out”... more »

April 17, 2024 | How do artists begin? By making sketches and lines in notebooks, by waiting, by gathering fragments, and by finding hope... more »

April 16, 2024 | In praise of walking. “At three miles an hour, the world is a continuum. … There are no beginnings or endings, only continuity”... more »

April 15, 2024 | “There’s an invigorating novelty in seeing a master try something new without immediately becoming virtuosic”... more »

April 12, 2024 | Benedict Anderson’s Imagined Communities, a compelling account of nationalism’s origins, speaks little to its contemporary re-emergence... more »

April 11, 2024 | Most newspaper columnists sink into a comfortable bath of hackery. Others have a fountain of ideas, but all of their ideas are bad... more »

April 10, 2024 | The new academic politics are not a recipe for disciplinary longevity, let alone for saving the planet... more »

April 9, 2024 | What was the intellectual dark web? A worthy project gone bad or a fraud based on spurious grievances?... more »

April 8, 2024 | Beethoven’s secret code. Do handwritten scribbles in his manuscripts reveal elaborate musical directions lost for centuries?... more »

April 5, 2024 | Second chances teach us that repetition is not mechanistic or meaningless — and that we can be the authors, not merely the victims, of our lives... more »

April 4, 2024 | What is space for? Yes, adventure, exploration, exploitation. But maybe space is really just for space... more »

April 3, 2024 | We think of Robert Frost as the good, gray poet of the New England woods. His work was darker — and more demonic — than that... more »

April 2, 2024 | “I am after small truths, not after truth with a capital T.” Daniel Kahneman in perhaps his final interview ... more »

April 1, 2024 | "No matter how many books, articles, Tweets, and TikToks I’d gobbled up, it had apparently eluded me that no one was ever going to say I’d produced enough"... more »

March 29, 2024 | Radicalism is a complex and sometimes paradoxical posture, one that Raymond Williams wrestled with his entire life... more »

March 28, 2024 | As an editor, Toni Morrison wrote hundreds of rejection letters – long, generous, critical, and freshly unearthed from the archive... more »

March 27, 2024 | Gender’s enemies. Judith Butler targets conservative Christians, white supremacists, and trans-exclusionary radical feminists... more »

March 26, 2024 | Reading Shakespeare in its original English can be hard going at first. But his example will always show us what is possible... more »

March 25, 2024 | “We live in an unheroic and disillusioned moment, and—as to sales—a moment when ambitious novels have become a niche taste”... more »

March 22, 2024 | The Monster of Ravenna, the Monk Calf, and, of course, the Pope Ass. Why were 16th-century luminaries printing pamphlets on monsters?... more »

March 21, 2024 | “Those of us who consume and participate in culture today… are all, at some level, hypocrites, complicit in the fortification of our own aesthetic prison”... more »

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