Nobody ever said canon formation was easy. Robert McCrum on The List.… Read the rest
Welcome to our archive of news stories relevant to the project of fighting fashionable nonsense. The stories are drawn from the electronic pages of the world’s media. On this page, you’ll find links to those stories that have been featured on Butterflies and Wheels during the current year. At the bottom of the page, you’ll find links to separate archives of stories from previous years.
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Anger at claim that condoms don’t offer protection against HIV.… Read the rest
Paul Kurtz considers the reasons for the retreat from science and reason in the US.… Read the rest
Bernard-Henri Levy looks at the concurrent rise of anti-Semitism and anti-Americanism.… Read the rest
Add or omit quotation marks, call it ‘superweed’ or ‘wild hybrid’ – it all adds up.… Read the rest
David Aaronovitch on what footballers and other athletes think of women.… Read the rest
A Tory squire and a Palestinian exile, but both thought academics should reach a broad public.… Read the rest
Erin O’Connor on Helena Echlin’s dysphoria as a graduate student at Yale.… Read the rest
Ignoring the differences between government and business is ideology.… Read the rest
NYU media critic, author of Amusing Ourselves to Death and other influential books.… Read the rest
John Sutherland recommends Coetzee, Roth and Prose novels for understanding of sexual harrassment.… Read the rest
Scientific reasearch should be freely available.… Read the rest
Crooked Timber discusses evidence for and against global warming, and how hard it is to know the difference.… Read the rest
‘If postmodernism is indeed dead…Sokal and Bricmont have surely been instrumental in hastening the death-throes.’… Read the rest
‘While Eagleton has always shouted his heresies, Frank Kermode has whispered his doubts.’… Read the rest
No agriculture is ‘natural’ but without it we’ll all starve to death, remember?… Read the rest
Creeping Talibanization apparent even in the universities.… Read the rest
Oh no, it’s gone! Well what a relief.… Read the rest
Clever old Congress, firing those pesky scientists. Err – ooops.… Read the rest