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The Life and Death of a Capital

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On Hitler’s Berlin: Abused City, by Thomas Friedrich

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Why Shakespeare Belongs In Prison

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The incarcerated may be the Bard's ideal modern audience.
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Deconstructing De Man in the Digital Age -

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De Man’s life may have been scandalous, but why does his biography still strike a nerve, given deconstruction’s decline?
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Paris Review – The Missing Borges, Graciela Mochkofsky

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Seven years ago, a stolen first edition of Borges’s early poems was returned to Argentina’s National Library. But was it the right copy?
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Watching boxing with Picasso and a ménage-à-trois at home: my life with the surrealist elite

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As a book by her poet father Paul Eluard is due to be published for the first time in English, Cécile Eluard, 95, recalls her youth among such geniuses as Max Ernst, Salvador Dalí and Marcel Duchamp
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How Kafka Actually Lived

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Kafka did not transcend his Jewishness, no matter what Updike claimed.
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The prose of psychoanalysis

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Matthew Arnold’s error: the state is bad for culture

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In order to judge 'the best which has been thought and said in the world', individuals must be free to discriminate.
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Shakespeare's scholar tramp

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In a small series of sheds in Sussex an 19th-century joker and eccentric hoarded the evidence that reconciles Shakespeare the playwright with Shakespeare the man. Charles Nicholl uncovers a remarkable story
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A Keeper of Love’s Flame: Regine Olsen and Søren Kierkegaard -

After Kierkegaard cast off his fiancée Regine, her presence haunted his work throughout his career. But what was her story?
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How Dante Saved My Life

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A midlife crisis is cured by The Divine Comedy
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The art world we deserve?

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The term “art world” was coined in the mid-1960s by Arthur Coleman Danto, the influential American critic and pioneer of art theory who died in October 2013. Unlike the traditional art of representation, which sought to manifest the power and
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The Big Read: Can a Single Book Sum Up a Nation?

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Why Do So Many Leftists Want Sex Work to Be the New Normal?

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On the left, prostitution used to be seen as a bad thing: part of the general degradation of the working class, and the subjugation of women, under capitalism. Women who sold sex were victims, forced by circumstances into a painful and humiliating way of life, and socialism would liberate them.
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Why would a young person today be religious?

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One of religion's main appeals is its claim to a coherent account of the universe. But that might be too simplistic for our pluralistic age.
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Thomas Piketty and Millennial Marxists on the Scourge of Inequality | The Nation

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Capitalism’s new critics take on an economics run amok.
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Aaron Sorkin Talk Recap: Anti-Heroes, Binge Watching & More | Tribeca

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"I tend to get in trouble when I talk about this..." Highlights from our lively Future of Film conversation with Sorkin and presidential speechwriter Jon Favreau.
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The battle to build Shakespeare’s Globe - FT.com

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This week marks the 450th anniversary of William Shakespeare’s birth. Yet the way we remember history’s most renowned playwright might have been very different had it not been for a formidable foe. In November 1596 a woman named Elizabeth Russell
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Grand Unified Theory of Female Pain

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‘Search until you find a passion and go all out to excel in its expression’

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E.O. Wilson has devoted his life to a better understanding of the workings of the natural world and to sharing his research and insights with Harvard students.
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Lost in translation: and all the better for it

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The ‘McDonaldisation’ of literature doesn’t necessarily help world understanding
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The Possibility of Self-Sacrifice

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Normally, death is present in our lives as an ending-yet-to-arrive. For most of us, Simone Weil writes, “Death appears as a limit set in advance on the future.” We make plans, pursue goals, navigate relationships—all under the condition of death. We lead our lives under the condition of death; our actions are shaped by it as a surface is shaped by its boundaries.

However, as we approach this boundary, when our end is present, we are nothing but terror. All pursuits disintegrate, and our self-understanding collapses. At once we are expelled from the sphere of meaning. We are nothing more than this body. This body and its last breath. It is not simply that we cannot survive our own death; we cannot bear the sight of it. We do not want to die. Not now.

And yet the possibility of self-sacrifice suggests that this terror can be overcome, that death can be meaningful.

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The New Academic Celebrity

Theory thumpers are so 90s. What TED and the rest of the “ideas” circuit prize are upbeat wizards of science and social science.
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Charlie Chaplin, monster

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No actual birth certificate for Charles Spencer Chaplin has ever been found. The actor himself drew a blank when he went on a rummage in Somerset House. The latest research…
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“Against World Literature”: The Debate in Retrospect

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How Matisse and Picasso turned old age into art

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How Matisse and Picasso turned old age into art In March 1946 Pablo Picasso paid one of his fortnightly visits to see Henri Matisse in Vence, a few miles inland from Nice. Five years after the medical crisis that had nearly killed him, Matisse, at
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