Salinger, the Swamis, and the SecretsNew letters shed light on J.D. Salinger’s spiritual life—and reinforce the need for his estate to come clean about what, if any, works remain locked in the vault.
Philby and OswaldThe truth is still out there.
Should You Go To Grad School?My story.
How Bruce Springsteen Elected Barack ObamaSandy, Snooki, Christie, Bruce, and Barack.
Is the Republican Party Racist?It depends on race-baiting tactics and the votes of former Confederate states.
Has the Meaning of Nothing Changed?In his quest to understand the origins of the universe, Jim Holt stands up for the big 0.
Does Love Survive Loss?Auden and Larkin each wrote powerful lines about love—and then had grave doubts about them. Why?
Six Questions About the Nuclear Crisis in the Middle EastThe emotional factors, and the scientific ones.
Catchphrase ExecutionerBad sex jargon, horrible “occupy” jokes, and other terrible things we said this year.
10 Things I Hate About AnonymousAnd the stupid Shakespearean birther cult behind it.
“Secrets of the Little Blue Box”The 1971 article about phone hacking that inspired Steve Jobs.
The Novel That Explains the Moment We're InBUtterfield 8 and the fear of a new Depression.
Yale's New Jewish QuotaThe university's shameful decision to kill its anti-Semitism institute.
Save the Condé Nast Maidens!Don't lock them up in the WTC Tower of Terror.
Why America Loves Serial KillersThey give us an alibi for our murderous culture.
He’s Not Holden!The one big mistake people make about Salinger and Catcher in the Rye.
“The Insane Root That Takes the Reason Prisoner”Macbeth, Boston, and the two paradoxes of evil.
Is Jane Austen Overhyped?Evaluating her literary merit amid the anniversary reverence.
The Unbearable Whiteness of White MeatDark meat is better. Why don't we love it more?
George McGovern Was a WinnerHis 1972 campaign was the most lopsided loss in presidential history. But this man was no loser.
A New SlurCalling people "Holocaust-obsessed" is the new holocaust denial.
Don’t Hate This ManRalph Nader is still a hero.
A Challenge to Robert RedfordWill his new documentary explain whether Nixon ordered the Watergate break-in?
Shut Your Mouth, Chris ChristieThe whole Jersey fat-guy authenticity thing is over.
A Moment of BeautyI’m so happy I found Lucinda Williams’ “I’m So Happy I Found You”
Steve Jobs and MeHe said my 1971 article inspired him. His iBook obsessed me.
The End of Evil?
Neuroscientists suggest there is no such thing. Are they right?
Seeing Catch-22 TwiceThe awful truth people miss about Heller's great novel.
New York Women Have Evolved Into a Higher SpeciesMen should welcome the new Times pick for editor.
Dylan's Birthday PresentFree Bob from the Bobolator cult.