Science of Scarcity

The psychology of scarcity. Poor people aren’t poor because they make bad decisions. They make bad decisions because they’re poor…
The psychology of scarcity. Poor people aren’t poor because they make bad decisions. They make bad decisions because they’re poor… [More]

Tea with Harold Bloom

Tea with Harold Bloom. Pull up a chair to talk Shakespeare, Dickinson, Whitman. “We are two Odessan Yiddish literary types having a conversation”…
Tea with Harold Bloom. Pull up a chair to talk Shakespeare, Dickinson, Whitman. “We are two Odessan Yiddish literary types having a conversation”… [More]

Stories We Can’t See

What we see when we read. A novelist writes “wry smile,” and we know what she means. But do we actually picture that smile?…
What we see when we read. A novelist writes “wry smile,” and we know what she means. But do we actually picture that smile?… [More]

The Conference Manifesto

The scholarly conference promises little but excruciating boredom and discontent. End the farce and put academics out of their misery?…
The scholarly conference promises little but excruciating boredom and discontent. End the farce and put academics out of their misery?… [More]

Survival in the English Department

Jonathan Gottschall tried to save literary studies by importing evolutionary theory. Instead he ruined his academic career…
Jonathan Gottschall tried to save literary studies by importing evolutionary theory. Instead he ruined his academic career… [More]

FBI and black writers

J. Edgar Hoover had a well-documented penchant for surveillance. But one targeted group has received little attention: black writers…
J. Edgar Hoover had a well-documented penchant for surveillance. But one targeted group has received little attention: black writers… [More]

Manners in digital age

Libraries, museums, concert halls: Silence once reigned when art was consumed in public spaces. Now art has been democratized – as measured by hubbub and laughter…
Libraries, museums, concert halls: Silence once reigned when art was consumed in public spaces. Now art has been democratized – as measured by hubbub and laughter… [More]

Oliver Sacks’s Early Career

Oliver Sacks’s analyst never met anyone less affected by gay liberation. “I remain locked in my cell despite the dancing at the prison gates”…
Oliver Sacks’s analyst never met anyone less affected by gay liberation. “I remain locked in my cell despite the dancing at the prison gates”… [More]

Wasting Time on the Internet

“I am perhaps one of the dumbest that’s ever lived,” says Kenneth Goldsmith, explaining his search for the moment “when the stupid flips over into the sublime”…
“I am perhaps one of the dumbest that’s ever lived,” says Kenneth Goldsmith, explaining his search for the moment “when the stupid flips over into the sublime”… [More]

Vignettes of Evolutionary Biologists

Stephen Jay Gould, Richard Lewontin, W.D. Hamilton: Robert Trivers knew the evolutionary biologists as colleagues. He looks back, without mercy…
Stephen Jay Gould, Richard Lewontin, W.D. Hamilton: Robert Trivers knew the evolutionary biologists as colleagues. He looks back, without mercy… [More]