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Gatti is a coward, but he is not exceptional; Ferrante is exceptional. What he did is so boring that it's a cliché. A woman asserts something as clearly as possible. And a man tells her, no, this is what you really meant.
The New York Review of Books has just brought up that old conundrum of how to deal with the personal evil of great artists. This time around it is the anti-Semitism of T.S.Eliot, the most influential English language poet of the 20th Century. But he is just one of numerous major artists whose moral character was often in inverse proportion to their artistic talent.
America is a Christian country. This is true in a number of senses. Most people, if asked, will identify themselves as Christian
Losing weight and getting fit and healthy are among the top five resolutions every year, even though most of winter's great
Manhattanites, Smith says, can generally be characterized by a near-pathological obsession with finding themselves -- "in
Watch "The 50 Year Argument' for its cast of colorful characters and the smart things they have to say, but it's up to you
At ninety-five, as a businessman and philanthropist, I want to call attention to little-known ploys in US philanthropy that
It used to feel naive to talk openly about your actions to mitigate climate change. "It's all meaningless" would be the response. Watch now as the questions change from "What can be done?" to "What is being done... and what are you doing?"
Negging out is my new virtue of 2014. It may be the new word of the year once it enters the American English Oxford Dictionary. Someone may end up negging out of the Selfie by then.
I nearly died just after writing the first draft of my second novel. The story is unnerving, possibly amoral, anarchic, and, certainly, nihilistic as hell -- but it still tries to say life is a magnificent and magical journey.
This Washington reassessment of the new possibilities for negotiations with Iran is remarkable, especially when compared to the American political environment of less than a year ago.
To seriously test Rouhani's offer of engagement, Obama needs a little room from Congress. He can't seriously engage Iran if it's widely perceived that the whole Congress is working to undermine him.
Why does history remember some novels, and forget others? Okay, because most novels are forgettable. But there are some, a handful or two, that brush up against greatness itself, and yet don't seem to get a ticket on the literature train.
2012-08-28-scblog2.pngWhy did President Obama ignore an overwhelming body of education research?
I'm rooting for Common Core. Anything would be better than the humiliation of today's bubble-in testing.
I don't know why Nora took an interest in me. I like to think that maybe she saw her younger self in me.
I recently caught up with Ian Johnson, an old friend and sometimes co-author, and asked him some of the sorts of questions I thought he might get when he is part of an upcoming Asia Society panel on contemporary China.
The truth is that this dispute is not about saving literature or the sanctity of the literary world, it is about the publishers' business model.
About bare-knuckled politics, Beltway commentators have little to say. Ezra Klein gives us the inevitable, inexorable, crippling worldview in which the people don't exist, except in Pew polls.