Leon Wieseltier
Literary Editor

Stanley Kauffmann, 1916-2013
November 08, 2013

For thirty years it was my custom at editorial meetings to begin my report on the next week’s issue with the words: “We have Kauffmann.” The last time I did so, I had a tear in my eye.

Dumbing Religion Down in the New York Times
William James, Joel Osteen, and the Gray Lady
October 24, 2013

Why We Talk in Tongues,” was the title of a recent column by T. M. Luhrmann. We? 

Science vs. the Humanities, Round III
September 26, 2013

Steven Pinker:In his commentary on my essay “Science is Not your Enemy,” Leon Wieseltier writes, “It is not for science to say whether science belongs in morality and politics and art.”  I reply: It is not for Leon Wieseltier to say where science bel

America Is Becoming Heartless in the Face of Evil
September 18, 2013

Comrades, we have lost. The only achievement of the Obama administration in the Syrian crisis so far has been to eliminate the humanitarian motive from American foreign policy. We have lost.

Crimes Against Humanities
Now science wants to invade the liberal arts. Don't let it happen.
September 03, 2013

Science goes where it doesn’t belong.

"What I Saw Was a High, Gorgeous Pile of Figs"
Obama, Moustaki, and me
August 30, 2013

The futility of one’s thoughts is no reason not to think them.

A Cop Out in the Shape of a Cruise Missile
We must do something in Syria
August 27, 2013

The trouble with complexity in Syria

'Its Name Is Fascism'
The supporters of Egypt's military aren't liberals
August 15, 2013

Cairo is no longer the capital of Arab hope. It is now the capital of Arab despair.

Oprah Lied at Harvard
Some of us are just plain average. And that's OK.
August 09, 2013

Oprah's privileged optimism does not change the fact the failure exists.

No, Science Doesn't Have All the Answers
August 07, 2013

Kibbitzing with Leon Wieseltier on scientism, threats to the humanities, and the highbrow/lowbrow wars.

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