October 26, 2013
On finding religion without God
Burt has written well about more poets than more or less anyone who isn’t twice his age. What's not to love?
October 25, 2013
In the so-called “global turn” in contemporary historiography, it has not been enough simply to study the way Western powers have affected the rest of the world. The task has also been to show how the rest of the world affected the West. And it has been a matter of applying, even to quite distant historical periods, the controlling metaphor of the digital age: the “network.” Yet a remarkable amount is absent as well.
Prince George Will Never Be King
This piece originally appeared on newstatesman.com.The purpose of the British Royal Family is procreation; its prime duty is to produce at least one heir to the throne.
Celebrating surrogate motherhood too excessively is dangerous, too.
This week, in a beautiful convergence of art and life, TV drama delivered two ripped-from-the-headlines Anthony Weiner storylines: one on “Scandal” and one on “Law and Order: SVU.” Taken together, these episodes offered a goofy funhouse mirror of Wei
I’ll admit it: I’ve been resisting disliking Robin Thicke.
October 24, 2013
The publishing industry has bounced back. Take in the rancid smell of 21st century literary success.
1. The crash is over—just like everywhere else.“The change was probably the same as what affected the rest of the economy,” says a publishing-house exec. “The acquisitions market now feels healthy.”
When New York Times reporter Charles Duhigg was lining up publicity for his recent book on the science of self-help, one country, in particular, wanted him to visit: South Korea, where The Power of Habit sold 280,000 copies.