Forced to sign a document asserting no ill treatment in 1938, Sigmund Freud added, “I can heartily recommend the Gestapo to anyone”... more » For Louise…
Mensa’s Annual Gathering is a reminder that intelligence and test-taking are very different talents.
"On the Internet, we endlessly raise awareness, … we signal-boost and call out, and we argue about where our attention should be directed, and how" …
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"On the Internet, we endlessly raise awareness, … we signal-boost and call out, and we argue about where our attention should be directed, and how" …
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Philip Larkin's penis. Is speculation about the poet's privates a prurient sideshow or a key to understanding his work? ... more » Mark Fisher was…
Elaine Castillo is troubled by the way white readers seek out Black writers as moral arbiters rather than as artists ... more » Human ingenuity has led…
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The problem of empathy. For Edith Stein, a Jewish-born nun killed at Auschwitz, it was an innate part of being human ... more » What gets written when…
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Turd in your teeth, flim-flam, fiddle-faddle, fible-fable: What counts as an obscenity is always in flux... more » John Locke in the New World. What…
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Jumbo’s ghost. His cause of death (freight train collision) was one of a number of strange elephant-machine run-ins ... more » The rise of the MFA is a…
Stalin's architect. Boris Iofan’s career reflects the brutal compromises artists make with power... more » Why has the popularity of modernist painting…
The pug, the poodle, the French bulldog: We signal our class, our preferences, and our personality through our choice of dog ... more » The great…
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"Auto-hogs," "speed maniacs," even "criminals" - by 1920, Americans had come to know - and resent - "the tyranny of the automobilist"... more » Why did…