The Anti-'Klinghoffer' Protests Are the Best Thing That Could Happen to the Metropolitan Opera
October 22, 2014

The riot that accompanied the Paris premiere of the ballet The Rite of Spring gave Stravinsky’s polytonality its artistic bonafides. Censoring Ulysses certified Joyce a prophet.

Adelle Waldman: What Ross Douthat Doesn't Know About Sex and the Single Girl
December 16, 2013

"I don’t think there’s any correlation at all between being critical of Nate and Nate’s behavior, and being likely to vote Republican."

Gun Nuts Find a New Target: The NFL
December 05, 2013

Thanks to a recent football policy decision, two of America's favorite pastimes are mad at each other. 

The Foolish, Malicious War on Apostrophe's
September 30, 2013

In the debate over whether the apostrophe should be eliminated, there may appear to be connection with real life. However, there isn’t—it can only be classified as a kind of journalistic kabuki.

What Jonathan Franzen Misunderstands About Me
September 18, 2013

Last week, Jonathan Franzen, the best-selling, award-winning literary novelist who’s known for the excellence of his books and his bold stands against Oprah, Facebook, e-books, iPhones, and overly generous assessments of Edith Wharton’s looks, unburd