Madness in civilization

The history of madness is full of maddening assumptions. Most curious that a set of American diagnostic manuals is considered authoritative…
The history of madness is full of maddening assumptions. Most curious that a set of American diagnostic manuals is considered authoritative… [More]

Life of Morris Dickstein

A critic’s education. At Columbia, Morris Dickstein got the real thing: Trilling, Morgenbesser, Dupee. It was not to be encountered again…
A critic’s education. At Columbia, Morris Dickstein got the real thing: Trilling, Morgenbesser, Dupee. It was not to be encountered again… [More]

On August Strindberg

Did August Strindberg, the alchemist and paranoid, cross into insanity when writing The Defence of a Madman? He himself had no idea…
Did August Strindberg, the alchemist and paranoid, cross into insanity when writing The Defence of a Madman? He himself had no idea… [More]

Matthew Crawford and distraction

Feeling distracted, as if advertisers, Facebook, and Apple had colonized your mental space? Is silence ever harder to find? Blame Kant…
Feeling distracted, as if advertisers, Facebook, and Apple had colonized your mental space? Is silence ever harder to find? Blame Kant… [More]

Philip Glass’s memoir

Philip Glass was born with the “I-don’t-care-what-you-think gene.” It’s been a gift, a license to experiment. It’s also led him astray…
Philip Glass was born with the “I-don’t-care-what-you-think gene.” It’s been a gift, a license to experiment. It’s also led him astray… [More]

On Joseph Mitchell

Few journalists have gone as far as Joseph Mitchell in bending reality to his artistic will. This is not because they are more virtuous; it is because they are less gifted…
Few journalists have gone as far as Joseph Mitchell in bending reality to his artistic will. This is not because they are more virtuous; it is because they are less gifted… [More]

Women’s movement

When feminism took on motherhood, it revealed a big gap between theory and practice. Social change requires more than ideological declarations…
When feminism took on motherhood, it revealed a big gap between theory and practice. Social change requires more than ideological declarations… [More]

CIA and US students

One night a man named Michael Wood went to lunch at the Sirloin and Saddle and discovered that the CIA was duping college students…
One night a man named Michael Wood went to lunch at the Sirloin and Saddle and discovered that the CIA was duping college students… [More]

History of the gym

For men in ancient Greece, the gymnasium was a place to pursue physical and intellectual excellence. Also sex. Homosexuality shaped gym culture…
For men in ancient Greece, the gymnasium was a place to pursue physical and intellectual excellence. Also sex. Homosexuality shaped gym culture… [More]

Question of free will

Freedom from all constraints is no freedom at all. True liberty lies in responsibility. We are defined by the commitments we keep…
Freedom from all constraints is no freedom at all. True liberty lies in responsibility. We are defined by the commitments we keep… [More]