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.

Sam Lipsyte's Meta Family Fiction
February 05, 2013

In his new short story collection, Sam Lipsyte explores his father's fiction.

Why Social Movements Should Ignore Social Media
February 05, 2013

Groups like Occupy Wall Street embraced the open-source logic of the Internet as an organizing principle. It explains a lot about why movements fail. 

Edward Muybridge: Grandfather of the GIF
February 04, 2013

How an eccentric photographer from the 1800s invented modern visual culture.