Alas poor Joe McCarthy, martyr to the com-symp liberals and Ed Murrow.… Read the rest
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A.S. Byatt ponders why adults are so smitten with Harry Potter.… Read the rest
Misogynist, racist, hated children, pessimistic, and deeply drunk. So?… Read the rest
Adam Swift and Anthony Seldon debate issues of fairness and positional goods.… Read the rest
Postmodern ambiguity as marketing ploy, and how gullible reviewers help.… Read the rest
State school is better socially, but what of children who want to do sums now?… Read the rest
Oxford professor rejects Israeli student, and is now being investigated.… Read the rest
The stuff of small talk and of survival, and all is not well.… Read the rest
“Do you still believe that st-st-stuff about Huck Finn?” asked Hemingway.… Read the rest
Contradictions, inconsistencies, and life-risking commitment to the truth.… Read the rest
To Karl Rove, a Democrat is ‘someone with a doctorate’…and that’s not a compliment.… Read the rest
Not egalitarianism but individualist, antinomian-but-legalistic anarchism is the core value system in the US.… Read the rest
The Chronicle of Higher Education surveys the Supreme Court decision in the Michigan case.… Read the rest
Diderot, Rousseau, Franklin, Jefferson, Washington, captured as no one else knew how.… Read the rest
Children who read more are better at reading, researcher says.… Read the rest
Flaubert’s letters tell more of him than a biography can. Julian Barnes on the late Flaubert scholar Jean Bruneau.… Read the rest
A star system for a few while the drones barely make a living. Is this education or show biz?… Read the rest
6 jam versus 24 jam, and libertarian paternalism.… Read the rest
And not a summer cottage read. George Graham reviews Daniel Dennett’s Freedom Evolves.… Read the rest