Oct 042010
 

Arts & Letters Daily

ideas, criticism, debate

In March, Amherst College posted a 40-page glossary of terms involving <strong>identity, privilege, oppression, and inclusion</strong>. The document is almost comically tendentious

In March, Amherst College posted a 40-page glossary of terms involving identity, privilege, oppression, and inclusion. The document is almost comically tendentious
 
 

Sexual solicitations, quid pro quos, and drunken brawls. At the <strong>Iowa Writers&rsquo; Workshop</strong>, professors thought that &ldquo;free booty was part of their compensation package&rdquo;

Sexual solicitations, quid pro quos, and drunken brawls. At the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, professors thought that “free booty was part of their compensation package”
 
 

Writer, weightlifter, defender of Oscar Wilde. A literary legacy seemed assured for the now-forgotten <strong>Frank Harris</strong>, who ranked his own genius with Shakespeare&rsquo;s

Writer, weightlifter, defender of Oscar Wilde. A literary legacy seemed assured for the now-forgotten Frank Harris, who ranked his own genius with Shakespeare’s
 
 

We know so little of the <strong>worlds beneath our feet</strong>. And yet with cave art, burial complexes, and melting glaciers, these impenetrable strata draw us still

We know so little of the worlds beneath our feet. And yet with cave art, burial complexes, and melting glaciers, these impenetrable strata draw us still
 
 

<strong>The brain on deadline.</strong> In the sports pages of the 1910s and &lsquo;20s is a master course on what it means for a writer to improvise, compress, contrive

The brain on deadline. In the sports pages of the 1910s and ‘20s is a master course on what it means for a writer to improvise, compress, contrive
 
 

<strong>Against podcasts</strong>. They are tedious and samey and sedative. Don&rsquo;t waste your precious hours on them. A music critic makes his case

Against podcasts. They are tedious and samey and sedative. Don’t waste your precious hours on them. A music critic makes his case
 
 

A debate that wasn&rsquo;t. The <strong>Žižek-Peterson showdown</strong> featured two incomprehensible Ph.D.s talking past each other. Nathan J. Robinson suffered through it

A debate that wasn’t. The Žižek-Peterson showdown featured two incomprehensible Ph.D.s talking past each other. Nathan J. Robinson suffered through it
 
 

"The wholly enlightened earth is radiant with triumphant calamity,&rdquo; wrote Horkheimer and Adorno. Is <strong>enlightenment</strong> necessarily accompanied by darker forces?

"The wholly enlightened earth is radiant with triumphant calamity,” wrote Horkheimer and Adorno. Is enlightenment necessarily accompanied by darker forces?
 
 

<strong>Influence and its discontents</strong>. The condition of being influenced is rarely a happy one. Shakespeare knew this. But will &ldquo;social-media influencers&rdquo; listen?

Influence and its discontents. The condition of being influenced is rarely a happy one. Shakespeare knew this. But will “social-media influencers” listen?
 
 

<strong>Robert Caro</strong> doesn&rsquo;t worry about the future of history and biography. He does worry about the quality of the prose in future works of history and biography

Robert Caro doesn’t worry about the future of history and biography. He does worry about the quality of the prose in future works of history and biography
 
 
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