Moral (and Musical) Hazard

When Raymond Williams saw that a philosopher had stopped doing serious work and was merely pontificating, he didn’t hesitate to bring down the hammer. …
When Raymond Williams saw that a philosopher had stopped doing serious work and was merely pontificating, he didn’t hesitate to bring down the hammer. … [More]

Death of writing

Universities have become businesses, and businesses now generate knowledge and culture. In such a world, what’s the role of the writer?…
Universities have become businesses, and businesses now generate knowledge and culture. In such a world, what’s the role of the writer?… [More]

Capitalism and bureaucracy

Postal utopia. Early in the 20th century, three thinkers – Twain, Lenin, Weber – shared a model of paradise: the German post office…
Postal utopia. Early in the 20th century, three thinkers – Twain, Lenin, Weber – shared a model of paradise: the German post office… [More]

Death Is Optional

Theologically, the most interesting place today is Silicon Valley, says Yuval Noah Hariri. Its religion, not the ones coming out of Syria and Iraq, will take over the world…
Theologically, the most interesting place today is Silicon Valley, says Yuval Noah Hariri. Its religion, not the ones coming out of Syria and Iraq, will take over the world… [More]

Why We Confess

The theological disclosures of Augustine and the earnestness of De Quincey have given way to a petty, low-stakes literature. Confession has been commodified…
The theological disclosures of Augustine and the earnestness of De Quincey have given way to a petty, low-stakes literature. Confession has been commodified… [More]

Philology

Philology: How did this dry but wonderfully eccentric redoubt of intellectual curiosity acquire a reputation for being largely pointless?…
Philology: How did this dry but wonderfully eccentric redoubt of intellectual curiosity acquire a reputation for being largely pointless?… [More]

Can God lie?

Deception and divinity. For a thousand years, God’s power was linked with a powerful, humanlike trait – the ability to tell a lie…
Deception and divinity. For a thousand years, God’s power was linked with a powerful, humanlike trait – the ability to tell a lie… [More]

Music, nationalism, Christianity

To understand the decline of classical music, you need to understand what once made it great: nationalism and Christianity…
To understand the decline of classical music, you need to understand what once made it great: nationalism and Christianity… [More]

Sexual Paranoia Strikes Academe

Sex is leaky and anxiety-ridden, says Laura Kipnis, and no college policy or prohibition is going to change that. What rules will do is make students more vulnerable…
Sex is leaky and anxiety-ridden, says Laura Kipnis, and no college policy or prohibition is going to change that. What rules will do is make students more vulnerable… [More]

Against self-criticism

Self-criticism is integral to our sense of self. What does this unrelenting, unforgiving, internal nag want? Adam Philips hazards an answer…
Self-criticism is integral to our sense of self. What does this unrelenting, unforgiving, internal nag want? Adam Philips hazards an answer… [More]