Weimar

Weimar: Where Goethe and Schiller found a home, Liszt blossomed into a musical genius; Bauhaus became possible, and Nazism took hold…
Weimar: Where Goethe and Schiller found a home, Liszt blossomed into a musical genius; Bauhaus became possible, and Nazism took hold… [More]

History of Autocorrect

In this age of fat fingers on tiny touchscreens, autocorrect is a necessity. Whom can we thank for this innovation? A man identified as Bill Vaginal…
In this age of fat fingers on tiny touchscreens, autocorrect is a necessity. Whom can we thank for this innovation? A man identified as Bill Vaginal… [More]

Cultural history of elevator

More than a machine, the elevator introduced codes of conduct, even ideas. It moved not only people and goods but also information…
More than a machine, the elevator introduced codes of conduct, even ideas. It moved not only people and goods but also information… [More]

Personal view of WWI

Before 1914, wars were typically presumed to be justified. Now they’re suspect; everybody knows “the old lie.” A lesson learned too well?…
Before 1914, wars were typically presumed to be justified. Now they’re suspect; everybody knows “the old lie.” A lesson learned too well?… [More]

Story of pain

Dull, pressing, throbbing: From Donne to Sontag, we’ve struggled to describe pain. Would doing so enable a more creative world?…
Dull, pressing, throbbing: From Donne to Sontag, we’ve struggled to describe pain. Would doing so enable a more creative world?… [More]

History of obesity

Tastes in physiques change over time. William the Conqueror’s girth was mocked, but in 14th-century Paris, women strove for “beautiful loins and big bottoms”…
Tastes in physiques change over time. William the Conqueror’s girth was mocked, but in 14th-century Paris, women strove for “beautiful loins and big bottoms”… [More]

Still. end of history

Has Francis Fukuyama’s end-of-history hypothesis been proved wrong? Not according to him. The power of liberal democracy remains immense…
Has Francis Fukuyama’s end-of-history hypothesis been proved wrong? Not according to him. The power of liberal democracy remains immense… [More]

Steven Pinker’s history of thought

Steven Pinker learned early that every intellectual needs an affectation. So he’s left his Spinoza-like hairdo – long, curly – unchanged since the 70s…
Steven Pinker learned early that every intellectual needs an affectation. So he’s left his Spinoza-like hairdo – long, curly – unchanged since the 70s… [More]

The Transformation of the World

It was a time of unprecedented accumulation of knowledge, of expanding cities and fading frontiers: The 19th century made the world we inhabit…
It was a time of unprecedented accumulation of knowledge, of expanding cities and fading frontiers: The 19th century made the world we inhabit… [More]

100 years after 1914

World War I is “the calamity from which all other calamities sprang,” says Fritz Stern. It shaped the modern world and gave rise to 25,000 books and scholarly articles. And counting…
World War I is “the calamity from which all other calamities sprang,” says Fritz Stern. It shaped the modern world and gave rise to 25,000 books and scholarly articles. And counting… [More]