When high culture was in high regard, joining the counterculture meant rejecting its values. But now...
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In 1975, Caitlin Flanagan met Joan Didion at a dinner in Berkeley. She’s been chasing Didion ever since ... more » The digital humanities employ faux…
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Franz Liszt, witty, handsome, charismatic. Women were said to carry his discarded cigar butts in their cleavage.
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Why did the University of Nevada at Las Vegas sell The Believer, a beloved literary magazine, to a sex-toy company?... more » When time breaks, futures…
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Mad honey, ghost ships, flying snakes: Adrienne Mayor plumbs the engrossing strangeness of the ancient Greco-Roman world ... more » Ibram X. Kendi is…
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The era of the novel of middle-class male malaise “burned itself most beautifully out, leaving the way clear for other stories” ... more » In Jhumpa…
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What is progress – and can it be sped up? Progress studies is an academic field dedicated to figuring that out ... more » Censorship in America has long…
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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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In postcolonial India, English was more than a language. It was the promise of social progress... more » In order to create a Führermuseum, the Nazis…
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For the “zesty bibliophile” Emma Smith, books can be both dangerous and benign, and can mean more than their contents ... more » Does solving puzzles …
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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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Sylvia Plath biographies are an “allegory of the problem of biography in general,” wrote Janet Malcolm. The problem has only gotten worse ... more » The…
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