Hockney on Hockney

“You don’t retire doing this,” David Hockney says about the artistic circus that is his life. “You just do it till you fall over”…
“You don’t retire doing this,” David Hockney says about the artistic circus that is his life. “You just do it till you fall over”… [More]

‘Crisis of Man’

Intellectuals have spoken in the language of difference since the 1960s. Mark Greif recalls a time when commonality was in the air…
Intellectuals have spoken in the language of difference since the 1960s. Mark Greif recalls a time when commonality was in the air… [More]

Azar Nafisi

Azar Nafisi, author of Reading Lolita in Tehran, thinks nations are defined by their books. For America, Huckleberry Finn is where to start…
Azar Nafisi, author of Reading Lolita in Tehran, thinks nations are defined by their books. For America, Huckleberry Finn is where to start… [More]

Love Literature?

The soul-sucking joylessness of the English department. Academics have annihilated the pleasures of reading literature, not to mention their writing…
The soul-sucking joylessness of the English department. Academics have annihilated the pleasures of reading literature, not to mention their writing… [More]

Writers and Gardens

Voltaire’s garden was an ethical statement, edited by 23 gardeners; Emily Dickinson’s was a place for private retreat. What–if anything–can we learn from an author’s
Voltaire’s garden was an ethical statement, edited by 23 gardeners; Emily Dickinson’s was a place for private retreat. What–if anything–can we learn from an author’s [More]

Mr. and Mrs. Disraeli

He was a dandified outsider with outsize ambitions. She was 10 years older and married – well, but not happily. Notes on a strange romance…
He was a dandified outsider with outsize ambitions. She was 10 years older and married – well, but not happily. Notes on a strange romance… [More]

Willa Cather’s Letters

Willa Cather was against teaching colleges students how to write creatively, instead of how to write “clear and correct English”…
Willa Cather was against teaching colleges students how to write creatively, instead of how to write “clear and correct English”… [More]

Life of Penelope Fitzgerald

Penelope Fitzgerald, born into a remarkable family, was remarkable herself, not least for her persistence. She published her first book just shy of 60…
Penelope Fitzgerald, born into a remarkable family, was remarkable herself, not least for her persistence. She published her first book just shy of 60… [More]

On jealousy

Step aside, love. Jealousy, an emotion so nuanced that we need other words to capture its twists, makes the world go round…
Step aside, love. Jealousy, an emotion so nuanced that we need other words to capture its twists, makes the world go round… [More]

Nudge or shove?

Libertarian paternalism. An oxymoron? Maybe. Desirable? Possibly. Inevitable? Definitely, at least according to Cass Sunstein…
Libertarian paternalism. An oxymoron? Maybe. Desirable? Possibly. Inevitable? Definitely, at least according to Cass Sunstein… [More]