Arts and Culture

Sherman Alexie

Some trips are more about psychic distance, like that of novelist Sherman Alexie. He's spent his whole life shuttling across cultural divides.More

violin

Composer William Brittelle's music crosses so many boundaries, it's hard to categorize.More

College Students

Free speech advocate Greg Lukianoff believes universities are coddling students in the name of emotional well-being, with damaging effects to students' mental health.More

Piano with sheet music

Julian Barnes discusses composer Dmitri Shostakovich and his bully - Joseph Stalin.More

The Complete Short Stories of James Purdy

John Waters recommends "The Complete Short Stories of James Purdy."More

Site of Thoreau's Hut, Concord, Mass.

Biographer Laura Dassow Walls on how author Henry David Thoreau offers a timeless model of disruptive social criticism.More

Li

Yiyun Li on leaving behind her health and native language to write.More

Friendship

Anthropologist Nina Jablonski believes we could reduce implicit bias in the future by teaching children about the evolutionary origins...More

BookMarks

Karen Russell bookmarks "A High Wind in Jamaica," by Richard Hughes.More

soldiers return home

For some veterans, coming home from war can often be a struggle. In his book "Tribe," journalist Sebastian Junger offers a nuanced and thought provoking take on why it’s so difficult and complicated for some returning veterans. More

A Tiny House

You can interpret the line from Paul Sartre’s 1944 play “No Exit” in a lot of different ways. Philosopher Gregory Sadler has a fascinating take.More

Magic Kingdom

John Jeremiah Sullivan reads an abridged version of his essay, "You Blow My Mind. Hey, Mickey!" about getting high at Disney World.More

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