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 »


May 17, 2024 | Since the Renaissance, the fine artist has been elevated above the merely decorative artist or furniture maker. That line is blurring ... more »


May 16, 2024 | “The unwilling, unconscious anagramming of words is the primary side effect of a life devoted to Scrabble”... more »


May 15, 2024 | Jack Conroy, poet of the proletariat, dug ditches and scrapped sheet metal. His literary magazine had double the circulation of Partisan Review... more »


May 14, 2024 | What can we learn from filler words? Wilfred M. McClay makes the case that “like” is different from “uh” and “um”... more »


May 13, 2024 | Economics is just fancy equations and — in Thomas Piketty’s words — a “childish passion for mathematics.” Are such critiques fair?... more »


May 10, 2024 | Is the field of postcolonial studies inauthentic, a prisoner of Western mentalities? Amitava Kumar reflects on fierce debates in India... more »


May 9, 2024 | How did Richard Owen, a pioneering Victorian paleontologist, inspire such intense hatred among his contemporaries?... more »


May 8, 2024 | Diversity is a master concept of our time, but what happens when diversity of identity and diversity of ideology conflict?... more »


May 7, 2024 | “There is no end to war and no end, it would seem, to the uses Shakespeare can be put to in war”... more »


May 6, 2024 | A paradox of modern political life: The more times feel unprecedented, the more we reach for past parallels... more »


May 3, 2024 | The passing of Marjorie Perloff and Helen Vendler feels like the definitive end of a poetic era that has been slowly dying for years... more »


May 2, 2024 | We think we remember works of art rather well, says Julian Barnes. But we often don't, and that's not a bad thing ... more »


May 1, 2024 | “If a computer can write like a person, what does that say about the nature of our own creativity?”... more »


April 30, 2024 | The Order of the Third Bird is a somewhat secret society of artists and avant-gardists who congregate suddenly at museums, then vanish... more »


April 29, 2024 | "Is there some universal criterion of lastingness — some signal of ultimate meaning — that can defy the tides of time, change, history?” Cynthia Ozick on Philip Roth... more »


April 26, 2024 | “If poetry is worth anything, it is worth getting mad about.” A.O. Scott on the late Helen Vendler... more »


April 25, 2024 | As you navigate the cul-de-sacs of modern coupledom, Laura Kipnis has some advice: Don’t divorce a memoirist... more »


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 »


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