Oct 042010
 

Arts & Letters Daily

ideas, criticism, debate

How did <em>Citizen Kane</em> become the <strong>greatest movie of all</strong>? Blame the French film critics who first recognized it as a masterpiece&nbsp;

How did Citizen Kane become the greatest movie of all? Blame the French film critics who first recognized it as a masterpiece 
 
 

What's right about rights and <strong>wrong with virtues</strong>? Rights don't depend on those who suppose themselves to be virtuous&nbsp;

What's right about rights and wrong with virtues? Rights don't depend on those who suppose themselves to be virtuous 
 
 

<strong>Modern poetry is intimidating</strong>. But you don&rsquo;t need expertise in ekphrasis to appreciate Ross Gay, Frank Bidart, and Ada Lim&oacute;n&nbsp;

Modern poetry is intimidating. But you don’t need expertise in ekphrasis to appreciate Ross Gay, Frank Bidart, and Ada Limón 
 
 

How did Kurt, feckless Ivy frat boy, became Vonnegut, <strong>satirist to the galaxy</strong>? His early love letters offer clues&nbsp;&nbsp;

How did Kurt, feckless Ivy frat boy, became Vonnegut, satirist to the galaxy? His early love letters offer clues  
 
 

<strong>Kate Manne&rsquo;s consideration of misogyny</strong> is full of mockery, condemnation, and fatalism. We deserve better from our public intellectuals&nbsp;

Kate Manne’s consideration of misogyny is full of mockery, condemnation, and fatalism. We deserve better from our public intellectuals 
 
 

<strong>Era of cant</strong>. Wherever people are punished for expressing an unorthodox opinion, humbug is bound to flourish&nbsp;&nbsp;

Era of cant. Wherever people are punished for expressing an unorthodox opinion, humbug is bound to flourish  
 
 

For the philosopher <strong>Alphonso Lingis</strong>, goodness and exultation are central to our sense of self. &ldquo;How good it is to be alive!&rdquo;&nbsp;&nbsp;

For the philosopher Alphonso Lingis, goodness and exultation are central to our sense of self. “How good it is to be alive!”  
 
 

Michael Sandel&rsquo;s critique of meritocracy misses something obvious: <strong>Merit and credentials</strong> are not synonymous&nbsp;&nbsp;

Michael Sandel’s critique of meritocracy misses something obvious: Merit and credentials are not synonymous  
 
 

The <strong>art of artificial intelligence</strong>. Are we at the dawn of a new medium? If so, it would portend a doleful future&nbsp;&nbsp;

The art of artificial intelligence. Are we at the dawn of a new medium? If so, it would portend a doleful future  
 
 

How did <strong>Roger Penrose</strong> pioneer a renaissance of gravity theory? He had the wisdom to ignore academic fashion&nbsp;&nbsp;

How did Roger Penrose pioneer a renaissance of gravity theory? He had the wisdom to ignore academic fashion  
 
 
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