Books

I Thought I Hated the New Atheists. Then I Read Sam Harris's New Book.
September 10, 2014

The facile heresy of the New Atheists is generally more bourgeois theatre than legitimate intellectual debate. Is Sam Harris's new book different? 

It Is Our Duty to Practice Harsh Criticism
September 10, 2014

A literary manifesto for the ages.

How Scalia's Beliefs Completely Changed the Supreme Court
September 09, 2014

With 28 years on the bench, his beliefs have seeped into nearly ever aspect of federal law. 

'A Great Symphony of American Junk'
September 08, 2014

What David Foster Wallace got wrong about John Updike.

Why Has the American Literary Canon Admitted So Few Historians?
September 06, 2014

Two mid-century scholars finally get their due

The Metaphysical Case for Abolishing Political Parties
September 03, 2014

Do political parties corrupt the souls of their members? 

How Scientists Captured the Brains of Amis and McEwan
August 29, 2014

Novels by both authors seems to be creaking under the burden of researched fact and rehearsed message, but there was a time when their impulses flowed in the opposite direction.

Miss de Beauvoir, Meet 'Alien v. Predator'
August 28, 2014

The pastiche poetry of Michael Robbins.

I Hated English Class, Until We Read Nabokov
August 26, 2014

For years, I hid my book-loving self from my classmates. 

The Real-Life Piper from "Orange Is the New Black" Talks Courtroom Fashion
August 26, 2014

The inspiration behind 'Orange Is The New Black' talks about a piece of clothing she's never forget.

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