Arts & Letters Daily
“I write because I hate,” said William Gass, who died last week. Anger at his bigoted father and alcoholic mother shaped a singular philosophical vision
December 15th, 2017, 11:39 AM
“I write because I hate,” said William Gass, who died last week. Anger at his bigoted father and alcoholic mother shaped a singular philosophical vision
Darwin was wrong,” says A.N. Wilson, whose book is quite often wrong, too. Indeed, it's an object lesson in how not to write the history of anything
December 15th, 2017, 11:39 AM
Darwin was wrong,” says A.N. Wilson, whose book is quite often wrong, too. Indeed, it's an object lesson in how not to write the history of anything
Writers are told to fan out across genres, to expose themselves to everything. Bad advice. Don't read widely. Most work is middling and should be ignored
December 15th, 2017, 11:39 AM
Writers are told to fan out across genres, to expose themselves to everything. Bad advice. Don't read widely. Most work is middling and should be ignored
Read the acknowledgments. Amid the dreary enumeration — librarians, fact-checkers, mothers, therapists, divorce lawyers — truths seep out
December 15th, 2017, 11:39 AM
Read the acknowledgments. Amid the dreary enumeration — librarians, fact-checkers, mothers, therapists, divorce lawyers — truths seep out
Hoaxes succeed by promising us what we wish for. P.T. Barnum called it “humbug,” a form of fakery that doesn't deceive so much as fill its beholder with wonder
December 15th, 2017, 11:39 AM
Hoaxes succeed by promising us what we wish for. P.T. Barnum called it “humbug,” a form of fakery that doesn't deceive so much as fill its beholder with wonder
As we rush to impose moral clarity on human desire, remember: Sex is not a solvable problem. Let's minimize the number of its victims
December 15th, 2017, 11:39 AM
As we rush to impose moral clarity on human desire, remember: Sex is not a solvable problem. Let's minimize the number of its victims
When French theorists invaded Baltimore. Drinks flowed, insults were hurled, Derrida triumphed, and Lacan ran up a up a $900 phone bill
December 15th, 2017, 11:39 AM
When French theorists invaded Baltimore. Drinks flowed, insults were hurled, Derrida triumphed, and Lacan ran up a up a $900 phone bill
Patrick Leigh Fermor began walking in 1933. Until his death, in 2011, he was all generosity and enthusiasm, arcane knowledge and irresistible wit
December 15th, 2017, 11:39 AM
Patrick Leigh Fermor began walking in 1933. Until his death, in 2011, he was all generosity and enthusiasm, arcane knowledge and irresistible wit
Jerry Fodor was a skeptic, including in his own ideas about how cognition works. He was treated as a crank — a beloved crank
December 15th, 2017, 11:39 AM
Jerry Fodor was a skeptic, including in his own ideas about how cognition works. He was treated as a crank — a beloved crank
What do Ursula K. Le Guin, chronicler of imaginary lands, and James Salter, who wrote of soldiers and marriage, have in common? They're both moralists
December 15th, 2017, 11:39 AM
What do Ursula K. Le Guin, chronicler of imaginary lands, and James Salter, who wrote of soldiers and marriage, have in common? They're both moralists