For Richer and Poorer
February 16, 2013

New curriculum guidelines mandate more technical, non-fiction texts than ever before. What will happen to the humanities in schools?

When I Stop Believing in Fiction
February 15, 2013

The god that fails: a novelist’s uneasy relationship with fiction.

Cupid's Cursor
February 14, 2013

Does online dating make romance more democratic—or does it just invite us to discriminate more precisely?

How Literature Saved This Book
February 12, 2013

Several years ago, David Shields staked out a new literary aesthetic with Reality Hunger. His latest, How Literature Saved My Life, reads like so many strung-together blog posts. But does that matter?

Why Priests Have Power
February 11, 2013

Early Christianity had no priests. So how did the Pope and priests become central and indispensable?

A Failure of Imagination
February 11, 2013

Why Bookish and other recommendation engines fall short.

February 11, 2013

Local governments have gone online with alacrity. What have their consitutents gained—or lost—as a result?

How to Write About Sex
February 08, 2013

The only thing more common than bad sex? Bad writing about sex. A novelist describes the dangers of the smitten word.

Baby Talk
February 08, 2013

In a new book, Jonathan Last argues that low fertility rates spell economic doom. Not quite. 

Up for Debate: Can Social Media Solve Real-World Problems?
February 06, 2013

Future Perfect author Steven Johnson takes Evgeny Morozov to task for his critical book review.