Oct 042010
 

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The defiant <strong>conformists of Bloomsbury</strong>. &ldquo;Only in Great Britain did the modern intelligentsia conform to the ruling class rather than rebel against it&rdquo;

The defiant conformists of Bloomsbury. “Only in Great Britain did the modern intelligentsia conform to the ruling class rather than rebel against it”
 
 

Snobs: we hate them, but can we live without them? Insolence, ostentation, and the cultivation of <strong>arbitrary superiority</strong> help make us all who we are

Snobs: we hate them, but can we live without them? Insolence, ostentation, and the cultivation of arbitrary superiority help make us all who we are
 
 

Why are we still interested in the story of the <strong>Benson family</strong>? Sure, it includes eccentrics, Victorian patriarchs, and repressed sexuality. But also: That clan couldn&rsquo;t stop writing

Why are we still interested in the story of the Benson family? Sure, it includes eccentrics, Victorian patriarchs, and repressed sexuality. But also: That clan couldn’t stop writing
 
 

Long skeptical of the value of philosophy, Silicon Valley may be coming around. &ldquo;When bullshit can no longer be tolerated,&rdquo; they turn to a sort-of <strong>Chief Philosophy Officer</strong>

Long skeptical of the value of philosophy, Silicon Valley may be coming around. “When bullshit can no longer be tolerated,” they turn to a sort-of Chief Philosophy Officer
 
 

More than Alexander Graham Bell, Thomas Edison, or Henry Ford, it was <strong>Norman Bel Geddes,</strong> a theater designer turned industrial designer, who invented 20th-century America

More than Alexander Graham Bell, Thomas Edison, or Henry Ford, it was Norman Bel Geddes, a theater designer turned industrial designer, who invented 20th-century America
 
 

We suffer from &ldquo;nature-deficit disorder&rdquo; and the accompanying pretenses of citified life. Take a cue from Hobbes, Rousseau, Einstein, Dickens, and Hazlitt: <strong>Take a hike</strong>

We suffer from “nature-deficit disorder” and the accompanying pretenses of citified life. Take a cue from Hobbes, Rousseau, Einstein, Dickens, and Hazlitt: Take a hike
 
 

The sculptor <strong>Camille Claudel</strong> spent 30 years in an asylum. Some blame her breakdown on a failed relationship with Rodin &mdash; but it was she who broke his heart

The sculptor Camille Claudel spent 30 years in an asylum. Some blame her breakdown on a failed relationship with Rodin — but it was she who broke his heart
 
 

<strong>Merriam-Webster's offices</strong> aren't velvet-curtained or oak-trimmed. They're less refined: drug deals in the parking lot, bullet holes in the safety glass&nbsp;

Merriam-Webster's offices aren't velvet-curtained or oak-trimmed. They're less refined: drug deals in the parking lot, bullet holes in the safety glass 
 
 

Once upon a time, a bar-brawling but talented malcontent could make a career as a professor. Consider the improbable 30-year employment of <strong>Harry Crews</strong>

Once upon a time, a bar-brawling but talented malcontent could make a career as a professor. Consider the improbable 30-year employment of Harry Crews
 
 

The legend of <strong>Zelda Fitzgerald</strong>. She was ahead of her time, a proto-feminist, a victim of the patriarchy and of her husband. Or something like that

The legend of Zelda Fitzgerald. She was ahead of her time, a proto-feminist, a victim of the patriarchy and of her husband. Or something like that
 
 
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