Books

63 Years Ago, We Knew That 'The Catcher in the Rye' Was Insufferable and Overrated
July 16, 2014

You called it, too. Salinger's novel isn't as great as people claim.

The Millennia-Old History of the Apocalypse
July 15, 2014

From "The Leftovers" to "Left Behind," the apocalypse continues to fascinate. Here's where it began.

Politics and Fiction
Morals are the husband and wife of literature
July 14, 2014

How to be a "guerrilla of the imagination."

Middlemarch Showed Me How to Live
My junior year at Brown, I was so unhappy that I dropped out. In Arizona, I met a man; and I read Middlemarch.
July 13, 2014

My junior year at Brown, I was so unhappy that I dropped out. In Arizona, I met a man. And I read Middlemarch.

Remember the Greek Enlightenment?
Neither does Greece, to judge by its government
July 11, 2014

Neither does Greece, to judge by its government.

Shakespeare Was an Epicurean
Tracing the Bard’s debt to the French essayist Michel de Montaigne
July 11, 2014

Tracing the Bard’s debt to the French essayist Michel de Montaigne.

Grown Women Don't Need a 'Best Friend'
No matter what Amy Poehler tells you
July 10, 2014

Why do women feel the need to label their friendships?

The Open Marriage of True Minds
The extraordinary life of Simone de Beauvoir
July 09, 2014

Anne Hollander reviews Deidre Bair's Simone de Beauvoir: A Biography.

J.K. Rowling’s New 'Harry Potter' Story Is a Marketing Scam
July 08, 2014

When I finally read the story, after surrendering my name, email address, and birth date, I felt a little conned.

New Technology Doesn't Make Us All Richer
We need policies that realign growth and equality
July 06, 2014

We need policies that realign growth and equality.

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