Imagining the Anthropocene

More than a scientific concept, the Anthropocene is an all-encompassing idea fraught with political, ethical, and aesthetic implications…
More than a scientific concept, the Anthropocene is an all-encompassing idea fraught with political, ethical, and aesthetic implications… [More]

Mary Norris, copy editor

Things that irk Mary Norris: poorly punctuated signs, the wrong sort of pencil, misused apostrophes, complaints about New Yorker style…
Things that irk Mary Norris: poorly punctuated signs, the wrong sort of pencil, misused apostrophes, complaints about New Yorker style… [More]

Romance novels get no love

Romance fiction accounts for half of the mass-market paperbacks sold in America. But the genre gets no love from lit scholars…
Romance fiction accounts for half of the mass-market paperbacks sold in America. But the genre gets no love from lit scholars… [More]

Memoir of madness

In 1988, the historian Barbara Taylor arrived at a great Victorian institution: the Colney Hatch mental asylum. She was a patient…
In 1988, the historian Barbara Taylor arrived at a great Victorian institution: the Colney Hatch mental asylum. She was a patient… [More]

Music and perception of time

Ever lost yourself sublimely in a work of music? Schubert understood this effect two centuries before science caught
Ever lost yourself sublimely in a work of music? Schubert understood this effect two centuries before science caught [More]

Meaning of skyscrapers

The Quill, the Walkie-Talkie, the Cheesegrater, the Gherkin, the Shard: Skyscrapers attract strange nicknames to go with outlandish
The Quill, the Walkie-Talkie, the Cheesegrater, the Gherkin, the Shard: Skyscrapers attract strange nicknames to go with outlandish [More]

Rube Goldberg

Rube Goldberg. His name is synonymous with the needless complexity of newfangled devices. His ideas, though, tended to be rudimentary…
Rube Goldberg. His name is synonymous with the needless complexity of newfangled devices. His ideas, though, tended to be rudimentary… [More]

Language of World Bank Reports

What can be gleaned from a linguistic analysis of World Bank Reports? That the language – and reality – of global finance grows ever more opaque…
What can be gleaned from a linguistic analysis of World Bank Reports? That the language – and reality – of global finance grows ever more opaque… [More]

Archive of Germaine Greer

Germaine Greer’s archive: correspondence with Warren Beatty and Diane Arbus, color-coded annotations, evidence of a woman uneasy with her public image…
Germaine Greer’s archive: correspondence with Warren Beatty and Diane Arbus, color-coded annotations, evidence of a woman uneasy with her public image… [More]

On Saul Bellow

Saul Bellow liked to provoke people, even providing one critic with a velvet pillow to place beneath the “brick-size chip on his shoulder”…
Saul Bellow liked to provoke people, even providing one critic with a velvet pillow to place beneath the “brick-size chip on his shoulder”… [More]