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Secrets

Secrets of the Creative Brain by Nancy Andreasen. A leading neuroscientist who has spent decades studying creativity shares her research on where genius comes from, whether it is dependent on high IQ—and why it is so often accompanied by mental […]

Liberalism

Reclaiming Liberalism by Edmund Fawcett. Liberalism is not dead – its ideals are more important than ever – but it must change radically to survive in the future. More.

Higher Ed

Conservatives & Higher Ed by Steven F. Hayward. The social scientist Neil Gross made a splash last year with his book Why Are Professors Liberal, and Why Do Conservatives Care?, which, among other things, attempted to refute the claim that […]

Laughter

What’s So Funny? by Mary Beard. The range of modern writing on laughter is truly daunting. My own university library holds around 150 books with “laughter” somewhere in the title, all published in English in the first decade of the […]

Death?

Michael Fitzpatrick reviews Culture and the Death of God by Terry Eagleton.

Storyteller

Sigmund Freud, the Never-Ending Storyteller by William Giraldi. With Sigmund Freud, there are always two ways to begin. Here’s the first: Sigmund Freud was the genius of the twentieth century, without whom we would not know ourselves as intimately as […]

Sacrament

Sacrament by Ross Andersen. Wine is an elixir, a miracle-worker and shapeshifter – no wonder even the most secular of us hold it sacred still. More.

Nothing

Know Nothing by Michael Robbins. Nick Spencer begins his spirited history of atheism with a fairy tale. Once upon a time, people lived in ignorant superstition, offering sacrifices to monsters in the sky. Then some clever folks used special weapons […]

Galileo

Faking Galileo by Massimo Mazzotti. Art forgeries have long been the stuff of thrillers, with fake da Vincis or Vermeers fooling connoisseurs, roiling the art world, and moving millions of dollars. We don’t think of ancient books driving such grand […]