Books

What Academic Freedom?

Today, we take the concept of “academic freedom” for granted.

In Conversation

LEIGH NEWMAN with Susan Marque

Leigh Newman is a powerhouse, even when she’s shuffling her schedule to try and meet with you.

By Creeps and Bounds

What links a dragon and pearls? Which esteemed author in Roman times mentions the folk belief that foals are born with a love philter on their foreheads?

Twenty(-something) Questions

Boxes of chocolates and red paper hearts are unavoidable fixtures of Valentine’s Day. But this year, the Hallmark holiday also inspired a different kind of display: a collective handwringing over the sex and dating lives of 20-something women.

Why Nabokov Matters

Any account of 20th century authors with larger-than-life biographies has to begin with Vladimir Nabokov. The famed Aurelian and author of Lolita was born into the Russian nobility, inherited vast wealth and estates as a teenager (childless uncle), then lost everything in the Bolshevik revolution (Black sea escape, boat attended by gunfire).

After the Rainy Season

In 1986, after dictator Jean-Claude Duvalier was whisked out of Haiti on a U.S. cargo plane, it was as if the entire country had “burst out talking,” writes Amy Wilentz in Farewell, Fred Voodoo: A Letter from Haiti. The foreign correspondents had a name for Duvalier: “Fred Voodoo”—a pejorative for Haiti’s prototypical straw man.

In Conversation

The Heights of Absurdity
Rudolph Herzog with Karen Rester

It is arguably not possible to imagine human stupidity on a grander scale than what Rudolph Herzog has stockpiled in his new book A Short History of Nuclear Folly. In it he details some of the most absurd, disturbing, and woefully misguided ways we dealt with, or failed to deal with in many cases, the most destructive technology in the history of humankind.

In Conversation

AYANA MATHIS with Jenine Holmes

Ayana Mathis’s debut novel The Twelve Tribes of Hattie has received a lot of warm and well-deserved attention since its release in the winter of 2012.

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