June 21, 2024 | Dance trends are as much the products of money and institutional support as 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 »


June 17, 2024 | Addiction can make for great art. And great art can depict addiction in seductive ways. Thus Nan Goldin... more »


June 14, 2024 | What we value above all else in a novelist is language. Consider the style of Martin Amis... more »


June 13, 2024 | Gertrude Himmelfarb, a conservative historian who revered the liberal tradition, had little use for misty nostalgia... more »


June 12, 2024 | “To have children is to allow yourself to stand in a relationship whose essence is not determined by the benefits it confers or the prices it exacts”... more »


June 11, 2024 | Criticism and money. Word rates have not increased in decades, while the cost of living goes up every year... more »


June 10, 2024 | Edward Gibbon’s Decline and Fall doesn’t hold up as a history, but it does offer a revealing glimpse of the Enlightenment mind.... more »


June 7, 2024 | The rebirth of Tracey Emin: “I’ve had my urethra removed, a full hysterectomy, lymph nodes, part of my bowel, bladder, urinary tract”... more »


June 6, 2024 | Kafka wrote in parables and about parables. He was also deeply skeptical that parables make any sense... more »


June 5, 2024 | Homer, Virgil, Dante… Hunter S. Thompson? Creative nonfiction is ascendant, but it doesn’t deserve its place in the literary firmament... more »


June 4, 2024 | People don't just admire Pale Fire, they fawn upon it, adore it. The attraction is more emotional than intellectual. Mary Gaitskill explains... more »


June 3, 2024 | “For all the high-minded talk of what AI might one day do, much of what artificial intelligence appeared to do best was entirely quotidian”... more »


May 31, 2024 | The role of the critic, as exemplified by Helen Vendler, is not to put oneself in front of the poet but to excite the reader to seek out the poet’s work... more »


May 30, 2024 | Interesting things are happening in postsecondary education. Just not, for the most part, on college campuses... more »


May 29, 2024 | Growing up Friedman. In any disagreement, what mattered is who had the best argument, not who was older. Milton's son explains... more »


May 28, 2024 | The aim of solitude, wrote Montaigne, was “to live more at leisure and at one’s ease.” Don’t confuse that with loneliness... more »


May 27, 2024 | Men have traditionally raged against the cutesy confines of fatherhood. What does it mean to give in to them?... more »


May 24, 2024 | Liberalism was originally an ethical doctrine that addressed the fundamental question of how to live well. Why has it become a narrowly political project? ... more »


May 23, 2024 | There is a distemper in American social life — arguments pass rapidly from vulgar declamation to sickly apology and back... more »


May 22, 2024 | For Emily Dickinson, letter writing was a form of publication, of circulating her work to a select group of readers... more »


May 21, 2024 | Before the 20th century, splendid buildings were heavily ornamented. No more. Blame a Swiss-trained clockmaker and a clique of radical German artists... more »


May 20, 2024 | A History of British Ferns was published to acclaim in 1840, spawning 50 years of Pteridomania — fern fever... more »


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