From the stacks

In Defense of Public Libraries
July 28, 2014

The importance of public libraries can't be exaggerated.

The Millennia-Old History of the Apocalypse
July 15, 2014

From "The Leftovers" to "Left Behind," the apocalypse continues to fascinate. Here's where it began.

Why Johnny Can't Operate
June 17, 2014

Arnold Relman reviews Time to Heal: American Medical Education from the Turn of the Century to the Managed Care Era

Saul Bellow's Ferocious Beliefs
Saul's particular combination of intellectuality and vitality was not paradoxical, it was category-shattering.
June 10, 2014

Saul's particular combination of intellectuality and vitality was not paradoxical, it was category-shattering.

On the 1992 Campaign Trail with Jerry Brown
March 2, 1992
May 19, 2014

California governor Jerry Brown was once part-hippie, part-futurist.

Gustave Flaubert Was Not A Realist
May 08, 2014

Despite what you may have been taught. 

Why Do Great Writers Stop Writing?
The tragic epilogue of Harper Lee
April 28, 2014

The tragic epilogue of Harper Lee.

The Myth of Shakespeare
What is the true preeminence of The Bard?
April 23, 2014

Shakespeare provides the "golden mean" for which our modern intellectual (nostalgic for support) and our crowding average (nostalgic for good taste) perpetually yearn.

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