Oct 042010
 

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<strong>Harold Bloom</strong>, &ldquo;a singular breed of scholar-teacher-critic-prose-poet-pamphleteer,&rdquo; has died. He was 89

Harold Bloom, “a singular breed of scholar-teacher-critic-prose-poet-pamphleteer,” has died. He was 89
 
 

The story of how <strong>Silicon Valley</strong> reached the center of the American dream is about how tech's shortcomings became those of the nation

The story of how Silicon Valley reached the center of the American dream is about how tech's shortcomings became those of the nation
 
 

<strong>Lenin</strong> invented totalitarianism and the ideas of a one-party state and a terrorist state. He also invented a style of thinking that endures

Lenin invented totalitarianism and the ideas of a one-party state and a terrorist state. He also invented a style of thinking that endures
 
 

"The unexamined life may not be worth living, but the overexamined life is not always worth reading." Thus a new memoir from <strong>Thomas Chatterton Williams </strong>

"The unexamined life may not be worth living, but the overexamined life is not always worth reading." Thus a new memoir from Thomas Chatterton Williams
 
 

Minae Mizumura, both imaginatively cosmopolitan and linguistically rooted, exemplifies the change in what it means to be an <strong>immigrant writer</strong>

Minae Mizumura, both imaginatively cosmopolitan and linguistically rooted, exemplifies the change in what it means to be an immigrant writer
 
 

Did Susan Sontag&rsquo;s husband, Philip Rieff, steal credit for her first book? Whoever wrote <em>The Mind of the Moralist</em> is <strong>guilty of plagiarism</strong>

Did Susan Sontag’s husband, Philip Rieff, steal credit for her first book? Whoever wrote The Mind of the Moralist is guilty of plagiarism
 
 

Auberon Waugh and the art of <strong>writing about wine</strong>. Tasting notes include stale cardboard, French train stations, old penknives, and a dead chrysanthemum

Auberon Waugh and the art of writing about wine. Tasting notes include stale cardboard, French train stations, old penknives, and a dead chrysanthemum
 
 

The competing visions for modernism included &ldquo;Make it new,&rdquo; of course, but also: <strong>&ldquo;Art is dead,&rdquo;</strong> &ldquo;Realism = Abstraction,&rdquo; and &ldquo;victory over the sun&rdquo;

The competing visions for modernism included “Make it new,” of course, but also: “Art is dead,” “Realism = Abstraction,” and “victory over the sun”
 
 

<strong>Noise is a clever enemy</strong> &mdash; and a ubiquitous one. The noise warriors are committed to combating every gurgle, squeal, clank, and creak

Noise is a clever enemy — and a ubiquitous one. The noise warriors are committed to combating every gurgle, squeal, clank, and creak
 
 

The anthropologists who coined &ldquo;<strong>cultural relativism</strong>&rdquo; discovered that, in fact, not all cultures were equal. American culture, they felt, was inadequate

The anthropologists who coined “cultural relativism” discovered that, in fact, not all cultures were equal. American culture, they felt, was inadequate
 
 
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