Essays

Essays

Mar 11th 2015

Parasites, pedants and superfluous men and women.
Mar 8th 2015

The French writer Marcel Aymé once wrote a short story in which the population of a small town, starving to death, suddenly discovered that if they looked at a painting of food with enough intensity, they would feel nourished, as if they'd eaten whatever was depicted on the canvas.

Mar 7th 2015

Every year I hope that someone like you or I will be celebrated on International Women’s Day. But it never happens.

Mar 7th 2015
Every year I hope that someone like you or I will be celebrated on International Women’s Day.
Mar 6th 2015

Great experimental innovators are acutely aware of the costs of their particular form of creativity, as they spend long periods in pursuit of the elusive ideal of creating art that will be as powerful, vivid, and honest as reality.

Mar 1st 2015
The targeted, theatrically-staged murder of Boris Nemtsov represents both a culmination and  a turning point.  A culmination because it is impossible not to see it as a kind of horrific, grisly completion of a line of political murders perpetrated during Vlaidimir Putin’s tenure in offic
Feb 26th 2015

"The government of the United States is not, in any sense, founded on the Christian religion."
John Adams

Feb 26th 2015

In a February 1941 editorial in Life magazine, Time and 

Feb 21st 2015

At a time when endorsement of Darwinism is reflexively identified with belief in evolution, it may come as a surprise that alternative accounts are gaining acceptance.

Feb 21st 2015
Philip Pickett, a very prominent conductor in the early music world, has been jailed for 11 years for sexually attacking two pupils and a young woman.
Feb 19th 2015

The 2016 presidential campaign is already upon us and the debate is heating up ov

Feb 12th 2015

Seventy years after the liberation of Auschwitz, we are at a transitional moment. For the past 70 years, the survivors of the Holocaust kept the memory of what had been done to them, to their families, and to European Jewry at the forefront of their society's consciousness.

Feb 12th 2015

Of course I like it when someone tells me I’m not old. But I always insist I am old, and that they are ageists, unwitting captives of Western culture’s misconception of the meaning of old age. ”You believe,” I say “that old means being decrepit, over the hill, used up, finished?

Feb 11th 2015

James Gilmore, the former Virginia Governor, has it wrong. Indeed, Governor Gilmore committed a categorical falsehood. What did Governor Gilmore say?

Feb 5th 2015

David Galenson: In our earlier interview, you said that living in New York was very important to you.

Feb 4th 2015

"It's so easy to become an author of novels. Others have done it, why not me?"

Authordom

Feb 3rd 2015

Lately, my writing about old age has been on the cheerful side. Not surprising, since I've been writing about successful aging and not about unsuccessful aging.

Jan 31st 2015

“It is not only very cruel in this short life to persecute those who do not think in the same way as we do, but I am also doubtful that we are justified in pronouncing them eternally damned.”

-- Voltaire, Treatise on Tolerance, 1763

Jan 30th 2015

Still Alice – starring Julianne Moore – tells the story of Alice Howland, a linguistics professor diagnosed with a form of early-onset Alzheimer’s Disease.

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