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150th Anniversary Events
November 24, 2015
November 24, 1859: Charles Darwin Publishes ‘On the Origin of Species’
“Mr. Charles Darwin is probably the man who has done most to make the nineteenth century famous, full as it has been of wonders.”
November 15, 2015
November 15, 1959: The Clutter Family Is Murdered in Holcomb, Kansas, Later the Subject of Truman Capote’s ‘In Cold Blood’
“It turns out that what we are really witnessing is a kind of morality play: the conversion of Truman Capote.”
November 15, 2015
Why Does Ta-Nehisi Coates Say Less Than He Knows?
The journalist’s best-selling memoir offers eloquent testimony to the vulnerability of black life, but it surrenders too much to despair.
October 29, 2015
Imperialism With an Internationalist Face
In her masterful new study of the League of Nations, Susan Pedersen shows how the organization helped prolong the era of colonialism.
October 22, 2015
Self as Sovereign
Where do we get the notion of mind as separate from body?
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October 9, 2015
Nobel Prize Laureate Svetlana Alexievich’s Oral Histories Are Chronicles of the Future
In her cantos of loss readers feel a sense of communion, of a shared humanity in the face of horror.
October 3, 2015
October 3, 1925: Gore Vidal Is Born
“In hindsight, I can see that our ending was implicit in our beginning.”
September 21, 2015
The Kiss (III)
A writer imagines a secret courtship before the advent of technology.
September 10, 2015
Classics of Catholic Economics
August 27, 2015
August 27, 1963: W.E.B. Du Bois Dies
“A society based on money values may reject such a man as scornfully as one based on the tradition of slavery, but a society based upon character and culture will always welcome him.”