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February 11, 2021
March 26, 2020 issue
Max the Fatalist
June 11, 2020 issue
The Vitality of Orthodoxy
July 2, 2020 issue
The Key to All Mythologies
February 13, 2020 issue
Jesus, Mary, and Mary
November 21, 2019 issue
The Siren of Selfishness
April 9, 2020 issue
What Are We Doing Here?
Why teach the humanities? Why study them?
November 9, 2017 issue
The Islamic Road to the Modern World
Christopher de Bellaigue’s ‘The Islamic Enlightenment’ and Wael Abu-‘Uksa’s ‘Freedom in the Arab World’
June 22, 2017 issue
The Consolations of Philosophy
My philosopher-therapist thought the ancient Greeks could lead me to the happy state of eudaimonia—literally, having good demons. But would mine play along?
December 31, 2020
What Happened at Masada?
We know the Roman conquest of Masada only through the account of the enigmatic Jewish historian Josephus, whose shifting allegiances make his motives hard to discern.
January 14, 2021 issue
Life, Death, and the Levys
A new book traces the twentieth-century scattering of a Sephardic family through five continents.
December 3, 2020 issue
Grand Illusions of the West
It’s time to abandon the intellectual narcissism of cold war Western liberalism.
November 19, 2020 issue
The Revival of Church Sanctuary
How a long-abandoned practice became a way for undocumented immigrants to seek protection.
How the Awful Stuff Won
Andrew Marantz’s and Megan Phelps-Roper’s books explore the dark and far-reaching consequences of our dependence on the Internet.
November 5, 2020 issue
Pico della Mirandola’s Mystical Thinking
A new book cuts through generations of misguided commentary on the most famous speech of the Renaissance.
Our Literary Foremothers
Diane Watt, a professor of medieval literature, shows that the earliest English women writers lived centuries before Julian of Norwich or Margery Kempe.
October 22, 2020 issue
The Fall of Jerry Falwell Jr.
Fortunately for Jerry Falwell Jr., evangelicalism has built-in insurance for reputational damage, should a wealthy white man make the mistake of public licentiousness widely shared on the Web.
August 20, 2020
It’s hard not to feel that we are all caught up, like Hans Castorp in The Magic Mountain, in forces outside our control, despite the fact that real change seems to be one of the results of our unrest.
July 6, 2020
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