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  • ‘You May!’

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    London Review of Books | Article Link | by Slavoj Zizek

    ‘Rule Girls’ are heterosexual women who follow precise rules as to how they let themselves be seduced (accept a date only if you are aske..

  • Two Theories of World Literature

    Image Courtesy of Wikimedia Commons | Articel Link | by Michael Lind

    Can world literature exist? It depends on what is meant by world literature.

    The phrase Weltliteratur was coined by Goethe. The German polymath told his disc..

  • Critique and communication: Philosophy's missions

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    A conversation with Jürgen Habermas

    Decades after first encountering Anglo-Saxon perspec..

  • Walter Benjamin, the First Pop Philosopher

    Image Courtesy of Wikimedia Commons | Article Link | by Ray Monk

    Walter Benjamin is often described as a philosopher, but you won’t find his works being taught or studied in the philosophy departments of many British or Americ..

  • The Most Misread Poem in America

    Image Courtesy of Wikimedia Commons / Derek Harper | Article Link | by David Orr

    A young man hiking through a forest is abruptly confronted with a fork in the path. He pauses, his hands in his pockets, and looks back and for..

  • How the Ballpoint Pen Killed Cursive

    Image Courtesy of Wikimedia Commons | Article Link | by Josh Giesbrecht

    Recently, Bic launched a campaign to “save handwriting.” Named “Fight for Your Write,” it includes a pledge to “encourage the act of handwriting” in the pl..

  • Clearing Up Ambiguity

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    The New York Review of Books | Article Link | by Tim Parks

    “I like middles,” said John Updike. “It is in middles that extremes clash, where ambiguity restlessly rules.”

    “A marvellously am..

  • It’s Still a Scandal!

    Image Courtesy of Wikimedia Commons | Article Link | by Kevin Birmingham

    One small scene from the annals of heroic modernism is the moment when, in the winter of 1921, the French novelist and critic Valery Larbaud gave the world’s..

  • Scrawled Insults and Epiphanies

    Image courtesy of MorgueFile | Article Link | by Anthony Grafton

    Marginalia are on the march. The New Yorker reported this fall on Oxford’s Marginalia Group, which “now has two thousand five hundred and three members, maki..

  • Surprise: Humanities Degrees Provide Great Return On Investment

    Image courtesy of Pixabay | Article Link | by Jeffrey Dorfman

    Humanities degrees have received a bad rap recently, even from President Obama. Many people, including top policy makers, routinely push policies to encourage m..