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Intellectual life

Course Corrections

To the long list of American institutions that have withered since the dawn of the 1980s—?journalism, organized labor, mainline Protestantism, small-town merchants—?it may be time to add another: college-level humanities.…

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The Inventory Room

By Arlette Farge, from The Allure of the Archives, published this month for the first time in English by Yale University Press. Farge is a historian of eighteenth-century France and…

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Beyond the Book

By Mark Kingwell, from a keynote speech delivered in May at the annual meeting of the Writers’ Union of Canada and published in the Ottawa Citizen. Kingwell is a professor…

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Getting to Eureka

The writer for Harper’s Magazine had a problem. Books he read and people he knew had been warning him that the nation and maybe mankind itself had wandered into a…

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Appetite for Destruction

Apocalypses are lots of fun. They bring excitement to our otherwise boring lives. They smash through the smug façade of everyday authority. And it’s a blast to imagine the exact…

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Ignorance of Things Past

Who wins and who loses when we forget American history

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American Vespers

The ebbing of the body politic

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From Eden to Eton

One boy's transatlantic education

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A divine comedy

Among the Danteans of Florence

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