Jan. 26, 2024 | J.L. Austin brought a piercing clarity to his discussions. Among philosophers at Oxford, he wasn’t alone... more »


Jan. 25, 2024 | Russians in space. “The pantheon of cosmists includes numerous thinkers who propounded the preposterous as indubitable”... more »


Jan. 24, 2024 | Lou Reed loved misery – he embraced it, wallowed in it, and made the rest of us dance to it... more »


Jan. 23, 2024 | Frantz Fanon, foremost theorist of anticolonial struggle, was a subtler thinker than many of his contemporaries... more »


Jan. 22, 2024 | "The schism between ‘woke’ and more traditional left-wing attitudes reflects more than a divergence over style or tactics”... more »


Jan. 19, 2024 | Lavinia Greenlaw’s essays are curatorial and taxonomic. How much of the world do we know merely by seeing it?... more »


Jan. 18, 2024 | Keats was in a bind. He was penniless, homeless, and tubercular. No one would accompany him to the warm climate he needed... more »


Jan. 17, 2024 | All hail Guy Davenport, who praised androgyny in the National Review and translated the Greeks as he munched fried bologna... more »


Jan. 16, 2024 | To the extent that fatness is unfairly conflated with sickness, can a philosopher cure fatphobia? Kate Manne is trying ... more »


Jan. 15, 2024 | "Some books are so utterly bad that the case against them can be made based on almost any excerpt.” Walter Isaacson’s Elon Musk is one of those books... more »


Jan. 12, 2024 | Free will is an illusion, argues much of 21st-century science. The neuroscientist Kevin Mitchell begs to differ... more »


Jan. 11, 2024 | The conglomeration of publishing explains some of our literary culture. But does it really explain all of it?... more »


Jan. 10, 2024 | Virginia Woolf likened her to a “giant cucumber” with “the freakishness of an elf” — but does Margaret Cavendish deserve a closer look?... more »


Jan. 9, 2024 | Katherine Mansfield flirted with the Bloomsbury set at their parties — then plotted how to crush them... more »


Jan. 8, 2024 | “Although the concept of equality may seem intuitive, it is surprisingly difficult to pin down with any precision”... more »


Jan. 5, 2024 | Can a poet with no experience of combat or trenches capture the reality of a frontline soldier in WWI?... more »


Jan. 4, 2024 | Ostriches beheaded, horses made into consuls. Embellishing the scandalous tales of Roman Emperors doesn’t make them useless... more »


Jan. 3, 2024 | Jill Lepore: “The internet is an astonishing product of human ingenuity and an incredible archive. But … it has not realized the promise of democratization”... more »


Jan. 2, 2024 | The way to get ahead in economics, Robert Solow quipped, is to provide a “brilliant argu­ment in favor of an absurd conclusion.” Has anything changed?... more »


Jan. 1, 2024 | Wokeness, anti-wokeness, and the enduring allure of victim status. Geoff Shullenberger on why identity politics isn’t going anywhere... more »


Dec. 29, 2023 | Christian Wiman’s religious vision. God is more than us, more than we can ever know, and in that unknowing we find freedom... more »


Dec. 28, 2023 | Allen Ginsberg seems to have kept everything, even letters to the American Nazi Party. “I heard you want to kill me, can we meet and discuss it?!?”... more »


Dec. 27, 2023 | America’s founding philosopher? John Locke is central to the nation’s political thought, however historically dubious his place is... more »


Dec. 26, 2023 | The Russian Revolution changed the lives of a third of humanity for better or for worse. Robert Service is its indefatigable chronicler... more »


Dec. 25, 2023 | Sly Stone and the ever expanding influence – funk, fusion, new wave, pop – of one of the world’s most notoriously unproductive people... more »


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