Books

Here Are The Books You’ve Started But Haven’t Finished
November 04, 2013

In an enlightening interview, New York City Public Advocate Bill de Blasio—who in about 36 hours will be Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio—further contributed to the sense that despite his dominance among several demographics even in the Democratic primar

The Improbable Story Behind America's Fracking Billionaires
November 01, 2013

Who could be more American than an oil baron?

You Can't Learn About Morality from Brain Scans
The problem with moral psychology
November 01, 2013

Joshua Greene's book is intended as a radical challenge to the assumptions of that philosophical enterprise. It benefits from his familiarity with the field, even if his grasp of the views that he discusses is not always accurate.

6 Great Works of Literature Written in 6 Weeks or Less
November 01, 2013

6 Great Works of Literature Written in 6 Weeks or Less 

Federal Bureaucrats Declare 'Hunger Games' More Complex Than 'The Grapes of Wrath'
The Common Core's absurd new reading guidelines
October 29, 2013

Meet the "Lexile," the absurd reading metric for the Common Core.

Can You Have Religion Without God?
Ronald Dworkin and a religious worldview for secularists
October 26, 2013

On finding religion without God

The Poetry World's Most Indiscriminate Fanboy
October 26, 2013

Burt has written well about more poets than more or less anyone who isn’t twice his age. What's not to love?

This Is What Happens When Historians Overuse the Idea of the Network
October 25, 2013

In the so-called “global turn” in contemporary historiography, it has not been enough simply to study the way Western powers have affected the rest of the world. The task has also been to show how the rest of the world affected the West. And it has been a matter of applying, even to quite distant historical periods, the controlling metaphor of the digital age: the “network.” Yet a remarkable amount is absent as well.

Stop Celebrating Surrogate Motherhood
October 25, 2013

Celebrating surrogate motherhood too excessively is dangerous, too.

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