In love with poetry

When the times are brutal and the news is all lies, great poets experience our loneliness for us. Andrew O’Hagan explains…
When the times are brutal and the news is all lies, great poets experience our loneliness for us. Andrew O’Hagan explains… [More]

Tempo Shifts

The natural world is not easily shoehorned into a mathematical formula. Thus the long, strange history of efforts to reimagine the calendar…
The natural world is not easily shoehorned into a mathematical formula. Thus the long, strange history of efforts to reimagine the calendar… [More]

Can art still shock?

Shock is no longer chic. We’re right to be weary, but we’ve become too weary. Is offensive art still possible?…
Shock is no longer chic. We’re right to be weary, but we’ve become too weary. Is offensive art still possible?… [More]

Islamism and the Left

Michael Walzer detects much anxiety on the left, where fear of being called Islamophobic seems greater than fear of Islamist zealotry…
Michael Walzer detects much anxiety on the left, where fear of being called Islamophobic seems greater than fear of Islamist zealotry… [More]

From Poesy to Carrot Carnations

Poetry and the short story have slipped from minor arts to crafts, of interest primarily to other poets and short-story writers…
Poetry and the short story have slipped from minor arts to crafts, of interest primarily to other poets and short-story writers… [More]

I.B. Singer and His Women

Isaac Bashevis Singer and his women. The Yiddish writer bragged about “his harem” of translators. They were his muses. And maybe his lovers…
Isaac Bashevis Singer and his women. The Yiddish writer bragged about “his harem” of translators. They were his muses. And maybe his lovers… [More]

Bonfire of the Humanities

Facts are standard fare for historians, but intellectual fashions are what entices them: nationalism, Marxism, postmodernism, globalization…
Facts are standard fare for historians, but intellectual fashions are what entices them: nationalism, Marxism, postmodernism, globalization… [More]

Virtue of Scientific Thinking

Science once had moral authority. But today, with scientism resurgent, skepticism reigns. The cost is paid by all of us…
Science once had moral authority. But today, with scientism resurgent, skepticism reigns. The cost is paid by all of us… [More]

On Van Gogh

Vincent van Gogh, drama queen. Rejected in love, he threatened to burn his hand. When broke, he cajoled and guilt-tripped his brother for money…
Vincent van Gogh, drama queen. Rejected in love, he threatened to burn his hand. When broke, he cajoled and guilt-tripped his brother for money… [More]

Machines that think

John Brockman’s Edge question for 2015 asks 182 intellectuals: What do you think about machines that think?…
John Brockman’s Edge question for 2015 asks 182 intellectuals: What do you think about machines that think?… [More]