The best 9/11 novel is a comic one
The printed page still matters, even where you wouldn't expect it.
On the anniversary of George Orwell's death, a look at his deepest fears.
Using science to explain art is a good way to butcher both
Proust was a neuroscientist. Jane Austen was a game theorist. Dickens was a gastroenterologist. Enough with the using science to explain art.
The dancer who might have set the course for 20th-century ballet
After the Soviet revolutions of 1917, the czar was gone but ballet remained. A fascinating history of how George Balanchine helped remake ballet for the people—and just who helped him do so.
Harry Truman's concerns about Israel and Palestine were prescient—and forgotten
His doubts about the Jewish and Palestinian states were prescient—and forgotten.
And other reasons to reject supermajority requirements
The filibuster is worse than you thought.
A look at the lives of 6 provocative, uninhibited women.
This piece first appeared on newstatesman.com. Since whoever we are (save for a few sad Leninists) we all agree with George Orwell, it usually follows that Orwell must agree with us. Whatever our 21st-century predilections, Tory or leftist, conservative or progressive, we discover blessings and endorsements somewhere in Orwell’s words. We grab him for ourselves.
The literary tastes of dictators are a slightly sordid fascination. Here are the favorite books of a few of our least favorite men.