December 02, 2013

What to Say If Someone Wishes You ‘Merry Christmas’
6:09 PM

‘Tis the season to take umbrage. The notion that politically correct liberals want to stifle less ecumenical versions of seasonal greetings, such as, “Merry Christmas,” is a longstanding conservative trope.

Our IQs Are Climbing, But We’re Not Getting Smarter
2:01 PM

Does the rise in IQ scores over the past century mean people are getting smarter?

Why Do We View Primo Levi's Work Through the Prism of His Death?
12:00 PM

The Holocaust and the limits of human understanding. 

Climate Change Will Force Pacific Islanders to Flee. Should the U.S. Be Forced to Take Them In?

Having your homeland engulfed by the ocean because of climate change doesn’t make you a refugee, a court ruled last week. That's no excuse to leave people helpless.

November 30, 2013

Peter Kaplan, 1954-2013
To understand the modern internet, you need to understand the cranky wisdom of this journalism icon
9:04 AM

Peter Kaplan, the longtime New York Observer editor, died November 29. In this 2012 profile, Nathan Heller described Kaplan, who had just launched a glossy magazine for Fairchild Fashion Media, as one of the most influential figures in journalism.

November 29, 2013

Don't Bowdlerize Balthus's Paintings—Or His Mystical Ideas
An artist's restless mastery
8:00 PM

An artist's restless mastery, endangered

November 28, 2013

In Defense of Bad Sex Writing
12:00 PM

Awards for bad sex writing are literary slut-shaming. 

What to Read Over Thanksgiving Weekend
12:00 AM

With the long Holiday weekend ahead of us, here is a collection of links.

November 27, 2013