Oct. 13, 2018 | Women do the lion’s share of the book reading, editing, agenting, and buying. Still, we live in a literary culture that ignores women... more »


Oct. 12, 2018 | What was the Frankfurt School? Twentieth-century Europe had exposed civilization’s dark impulses. Did the new reality demand a new style of critique?... more »


Oct. 11, 2018 | Are you charming? (Hint: If you think you are, you’re probably not.) But what is charm? Easier to determine what it isn't... more »


Oct. 10, 2018 | Is the “grievance studies” hoax an effort to spotlight fashionable nonsense in the academy, a salutary correction, or a reactionary hit job?... more »


Oct. 9, 2018 | To be called a plagiarist is arguably the most existential accusation a writer can face. But perhaps borrowing is simply part of art... more »


Oct. 8, 2018 | The painter Sam Rothbort’s pacifist ideals led him to open a no-kill egg farm in the 1920s. His unlikely past: fighting in an armed resistance... more »


Oct. 6, 2018 | Soft murmurs, the shuffling of papers, the groan of book carts. Libraries have a steady, timeless feel, as if there we can live forever... more »


Oct. 5, 2018 | A new culture war. The moralizers are young, and their quest is for representation and social justice. The result? Dull art... more »


Oct. 4, 2018 | The apostle of pastiche, Leonard Bernstein flitted between high and low, sacred and profane, romanticism and kitsch. He was music’s public intellectual... more »


Oct. 3, 2018 | “It was tedious & futile & fatiguing. I found I was not at all frightened; only very bored & very weary.” Evelyn Waugh at war... more »


Oct. 2, 2018 | Alarmed at the progress of his research, the German nuclear physicist Felix Houtermans sent a secret telegram to America: “Hurry up. We are on the track”... more »


Oct. 1, 2018 | Most novels include one or two mediocrities flitting about. Those are B.D. McClay's people. She writes in praise of books that linger on the unattractive and uninteresting... more »


Sept. 29, 2018 | The demise of the Village Voice underscores the end of Greenwich Village bohemia — which invites a question about the beginning... more »


Sept. 28, 2018 | Banned Book Week is upon us. Does this annual orgy of inaccuracy, overstatement, and self-righteousness serve any purpose? Yes... more »


Sept. 27, 2018 | For some students, Howard Zinn's A People's History of the United States is their introduction to what it means to think historically. It is a work of unalloyed certainty — and danger... more »


Sept. 26, 2018 | Does Ian Buruma's abrupt departure from the New York Review of Books mean that editors will be reluctant to take risks? Laura Kipnis is concerned... more »


Sept. 25, 2018 | Requiem for the Gutenberg mind. The cognitive virtues of reading on paper have developed over centuries. But now the practice is in its last gasp... more »


Sept. 24, 2018 | Books just keep getting longer. We conflate physical heft with artistic or intellectual merit. Thus our new golden age of the doorstop... more »


Sept. 22, 2018 | As a genre, horror has been with us since cave paintings. Why? It speaks to the darkness that haunts the human condition... more »


Sept. 21, 2018 | For Elizabeth Bishop, solitude was bliss. It meant comfort, adventure, and jaunts around “the islands of the Imagination”... more »


Sept. 20, 2018 | The death of the celebrity profile. It’s been supplanted by Instagram and the first-person essays of the famous. The loss to public culture is real... more »


Sept. 19, 2018 | Remembering the Village Voice. Drugs were delivered to the office, writers stabbed one another in the back, headlocks were occasionally employed... more »


Sept. 18, 2018 | An accursed genre of personal essay has now emerged: “My Year of Being Held Responsible for My Own Behavior”... more »


Sept. 17, 2018 | Maeve Brennan had lost it. She was sleeping next to a bathroom at The New Yorker and was giving away her money. All William Shawn would say was, “She’s a beautiful writer”... more »


Sept. 15, 2018 | When we are young, we are taught that art comes from lofty places — the pursuit of truth, beauty, sublimity. Nonsense. It comes from antipathy, insecurity, jealousy... more »


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