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Minae Mizumura, both imaginatively cosmopolitan and linguistically rooted, exemplifies the change in what it means to be an immigrant ..read more
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"The unexamined life may not be worth living, but the overexamined life is not always worth reading." Thus a new memoir from Thomas ..read more
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Auberon Waugh and the art of writing about wine. Tasting notes include stale cardboard, French train stations, old penknives, and a dead ..read more
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The competing visions for modernism included “Make it new,” of course, but also: “Art is dead,” “Realism = Abstraction,” and ..read more
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Did Susan Sontag’s husband, Philip Rieff, steal credit for her first book? Whoever wrote The Mind of the Moralist is guilty of plagiarism ..read more
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The anthropologists who coined “cultural relativism” discovered that, in fact, not all cultures were equal. American culture, they felt ..read more
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“There is a cure for everything. Except longing.” The imprisoned Turkish writer Ahmet Altan on the role of the imagination in prison ..read more
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Noise is a clever enemy — and a ubiquitous one. The noise warriors are committed to combating every gurgle, squeal, clank, and creak ..read more
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“All they do is show you’ve been to college,” wrote Vonnegut about semicolons. Why does punctuation inspire such strong feelings ..read more
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What does sober creativity look like? To find out, Leslie Jamison went to the archives. Early results weren’t promising ..read more

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