What is the self? Do we all have one? Is it best treated with Botox or with books? Bohemian Los Angeles explains it all.
Web 2.0's greatest success capitalizes on our need to feel significant, admired and, above all, seen.
Eleanor Lerman's poems sing a song that is bravely gloomy, but they sing it with a fierce and earned dignity.
Walter Benn Michaels's The Trouble With Diversity challenges us to remove our race-tinted glasses and view the world in the class-based terms that, he argues, define it.
Adam Gopnik's Through the Children's Gate details the trials of
a very smug and special class of parents raising children in
post-9/11 New York.
Reviews of films from the vulgar to the magisterial: Borat, Flags of Our Fathers, For Your Consideration, Our Daily Bread and Fur.
Famine is at its worst when people waste away and die. But there is
another kind of famine: the death of the human soul--the emptiness and
senseless cynicism in this country that has taken up residence in our
Philip Roth and Joan Didion have each written compellingly about death,
but their insights about dying and mourning signify a retreat from the
world rather than an embrace of the forces by which we all live and die.
Like radical Islamists and American interventionists, Ayaan Hirsi Ali's The Caged Virgin and Irshad Manji's The Trouble With Islam Today express great concern for Muslim women. But the trouble is not necessarily with Islam.