Life

Modern Life Is Abolishing Loneliness. You'll Miss It When It's Gone.
May 02, 2014

Modern life is abolishing loneliness. And that's a troubling thing.

Against the Insufferable Cult of Productivity
December 13, 2013

The 21st century cult of productivity is paralyzing us. 

From the Stacks: “The Significance of Herman Melville”
October 10, 1928
August 01, 2013

Herman Melville, the celebrated author behind Moby-Dick, would have been 194 today. In his honor, we bring you an essay by Lewis Mumford—a legend in his own right—on Melville's philosophy and outlook. 

Alterna-Booker—Different Prize, Same Antics
October 16, 2012

Hilary Mantel has won the Man Booker prize for a second time, and, as far as we know, no behind-the-scenes wrangling led to her victory. But it wouldn’t have been surprising if some squabbles had taken place. The Booker has always been unusually contentious. So contentious, in fact, that an alternative prize—the “Not the Booker”—was initiated in 2009 by The Guardian to poke fun at the internecine debates and offer a more open contest. At least that was the plan.

Ayn Rand's Long Journey to the Heart of American Politics
August 14, 2012

In her heyday, Ayn Rand was called a kook. Fifty years later, she's the house intellectual of the GOP. What happened?

Coming Soon to a State Near You
February 18, 2010

It's not just Anthem Blue Cross in California that wants to pass along huge premium increases to some of its customers. Today the Department of Health and Human Services is releasing a report documenting large rate hikes that Blue Cross affiliates (along with some other insurers) have sought in a half-dozen other states. Last year in Michigan, for example, the Blue Cross plan asked to raise premiums on some individual policy holders by as much as 59 percent. And you can safely assume the story is not isolated. Earlier this week, I made a round of calls to regulators across the country.