Future of loneliness

Alone together. Every new technology generates anxiety – and art – about its isolating effects: Witness Cocteau, Hopper, and now, Ryan Trecartin…
Alone together. Every new technology generates anxiety – and art – about its isolating effects: Witness Cocteau, Hopper, and now, Ryan Trecartin… [More]

Günter Grass

Günter Grass – novelist, playwright, essayist, poet, sculptor, printmaker, social critic, member of the Waffen-SS – is dead. He was 87…
Günter Grass – novelist, playwright, essayist, poet, sculptor, printmaker, social critic, member of the Waffen-SS – is dead. He was 87… [More]

Comics and censorship

Among artists in Cairo, Beirut, and Istanbul, condemnation of the Charlie Hebdo killings is unequivocal. Everything else is complicated…
Among artists in Cairo, Beirut, and Istanbul, condemnation of the Charlie Hebdo killings is unequivocal. Everything else is complicated… [More]

Narcissistic David Brooks

David Brooks is all too self-aware: “I’m paid to be a narcissistic blowhard, to volley my opinions, to appear more confident about them than I really am”…
David Brooks is all too self-aware: “I’m paid to be a narcissistic blowhard, to volley my opinions, to appear more confident about them than I really am”… [More]

Writers and the MFA

Anyone who wants to be a writer in America will sooner or later confront the question: To M.F.A or not to M.F.A.?…
Anyone who wants to be a writer in America will sooner or later confront the question: To M.F.A or not to M.F.A.?… [More]

Meme as Meme

The word “meme” was coined for ideas, songs, and religious ideals. Not LOL cats. Memes have never been more trivial – or more important…
The word “meme” was coined for ideas, songs, and religious ideals. Not LOL cats. Memes have never been more trivial – or more important… [More]

The Assistant Economy

Help Susan Sontag with her correspondence. Feed Bob Silvers dried blueberries. Doctors and lawyers have secretaries; intellectuals have assistants…
Help Susan Sontag with her correspondence. Feed Bob Silvers dried blueberries. Doctors and lawyers have secretaries; intellectuals have assistants… [More]

On James Wood

James Wood was saved by literature. Son of a minister who maintained a strict home, he found novels an invitation to think beyond the Gospels…
James Wood was saved by literature. Son of a minister who maintained a strict home, he found novels an invitation to think beyond the Gospels… [More]

Defending Darwin

Half of Americans reject evolution, the second lowest acceptance rate of 34 developed countries. Just try defending Darwin in Kentucky…
Half of Americans reject evolution, the second lowest acceptance rate of 34 developed countries. Just try defending Darwin in Kentucky… [More]

Interview with Roger Scruton

Roger Scruton unbound. “If you’re a philosopher who is self-employed, it’s pointless to engage in self-censorship. I just say what is true”…
Roger Scruton unbound. “If you’re a philosopher who is self-employed, it’s pointless to engage in self-censorship. I just say what is true”… [More]