Oct 042010
 

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In the '90s, <strong>Stanley Fish</strong> infamously bemoaned the prevalence of Volvos on college campuses. Now he's dismayed by the ubiquity of Subarus &mdash; and what that means

In the '90s, Stanley Fish infamously bemoaned the prevalence of Volvos on college campuses. Now he's dismayed by the ubiquity of Subarus — and what that means
 
 

<strong>Who was Edison?</strong> To his employees, an <em>Ubermensch</em>; to his investors, a fantasist; to his rivals, a publicity whore; to his family, a stranger

Who was Edison? To his employees, an Ubermensch; to his investors, a fantasist; to his rivals, a publicity whore; to his family, a stranger
 
 

<strong>A new science of humanity.</strong> In the first half of the 20th century, anthropologists were at the forefront of &ldquo;the greatest moral battle of our time&rdquo;

A new science of humanity. In the first half of the 20th century, anthropologists were at the forefront of “the greatest moral battle of our time”
 
 

John Berger&rsquo;s 1972 TV series, <em>Ways of Seeing,</em> was a grenade lobbed at <strong>art history</strong>. But, as he learned, it&rsquo;s not easy to follow an act of demolition

John Berger’s 1972 TV series, Ways of Seeing, was a grenade lobbed at art history. But, as he learned, it’s not easy to follow an act of demolition
 
 

Not her sister&rsquo;s keeper. <strong>Mary-Kay Wilmers</strong> is exacting and suspicious of didacticism, especially where feminism is involved

Not her sister’s keeper. Mary-Kay Wilmers is exacting and suspicious of didacticism, especially where feminism is involved
 
 

Every era has its <strong>fashionable argot</strong>. Ours is rife with buzzwords that have gone mainstream: "privilege," "problematic," "cisgender"

Every era has its fashionable argot. Ours is rife with buzzwords that have gone mainstream: "privilege," "problematic," "cisgender"
 
 

For <strong>Derrida</strong>, friendship was both an ecstatic and a political act &mdash; one that required constant thinking about how we&rsquo;d eulogize our friends

For Derrida, friendship was both an ecstatic and a political act — one that required constant thinking about how we’d eulogize our friends
 
 

What you <strong>think of religion</strong> largely depends on what you think <em>is</em> religion. Stephen Asma has been changing his mind

What you think of religion largely depends on what you think is religion. Stephen Asma has been changing his mind
 
 

A more <strong>scientifically literate</strong> public, it&rsquo;s presumed, could better distinguish truth. But our problem is not too little science in public culture, but too much

A more scientifically literate public, it’s presumed, could better distinguish truth. But our problem is not too little science in public culture, but too much
 
 

<strong>Nabokov&rsquo;s dislikes</strong>: Thomas Mann is a bad writer on a big scale. Freud merits unrelenting mockery. And never trust a translator

Nabokov’s dislikes: Thomas Mann is a bad writer on a big scale. Freud merits unrelenting mockery. And never trust a translator
 
 
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