Books

Nabokov's Lolita Is Constantly Banned. It's Also a Work of Genius.
September 23, 2014

It's Banned Books Week. Read something dangerous. 

Peter Thiel Is a Closet Humanist
September 22, 2014

Even though he wants to keep kids out of college.

Why Drugs Are a Metaphor for Some Foods, and Sex Is a Metaphor for Others
Exploring the language of Yelp reviews
September 21, 2014

The answers lie in Yelp reviews.

What If Counterfactuals Never Existed?
Studying history with hypotheticals
September 20, 2014

Studying history with hypotheticals.

We Shouldn't Forget Liberalism's Religious Roots
September 19, 2014

21st-century liberalism is a pale shadow of its 19th-century ancestor.

Finally, a Russian Jewish Novel Breaks Out of the Autobiographical Rut
September 19, 2014

New novel asks how the heroism of Soviet-era Jewish dissidents becomes a blueprint for political action for a new generation.

The New Republic Releases "Insurrections of the Mind: 100 Years of Politics and Culture in America"
September 16, 2014

The New Republic publishes "Insurrections of the Mind" to celebrate its 100th anniversary.

Was the Spiritual Father of the GOP Actually a Democrat?
September 14, 2014

A new history of Lincoln's Republican Party may find favor with liberals, but seems to leave out many details.  

These Books Won't Change Your Life: A Guide to Literary Self-Help
September 11, 2014

One of the publishing industry's most irritating trends

I Thought I Hated the New Atheists. Then I Read Sam Harris's New Book.
The new atheist trounce: Science, spirituality, and common sense bump heads
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? 

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