Hands on FranzIn Kafka’s Last Trial, Benjamin Balint charts the court battle over manuscripts that were never supposed to exist.
Finding the Laughs in the Decline of the HumanitiesA conversation with Julie Schumacher, author of Dear Committee Members and The Shakespeare Requirement.
Volk HeroesThis fun new book about how Germans raise their kids will break American parents’ hearts.
How Larry Nassar Got Away With ItThe team doctor preyed on young gymnasts who’d been taught their bodies were not their own.
“Demoralizing but Informative”For job-seeking academics, December is the least wonderful time of the year. The academic wikis are why.
College Students Want to Kill Foreign Language RequirementsUniversities should tell them nein.
Trader Joe’s German Brother Aldi Is Getting Some Stiff Competition on the U.S. Supermarket Scene
Why Americans Are So Bloody Awful at British AccentsIf British actors’ American accents are “bang on,” why are Americans’ British accents such rubbish?
Whatever You Do, Don’t Say This to a ProfessorCollege students often believe they’re helping themselves when they make one particular appeal. They’re not.
Why Isn’t Gabby Douglas Smiling?How a champion gymnast became the Olympics’ easiest target.
The Greatest Gymnast of All TimeWhen Simone Biles grows up, she wants to be like Kohei Uchimura.
You Get a 10! You Get a 10! You Get a 10!College gymnastics is spectacular. The sport’s scoring system is abjectly bonkers.
The Strength of Simone BilesThe gold medalist’s #MeToo statement calling out USA Gymnastics could be her greatest legacy.
Stop Problematizing Academic JargonIt’s easy to mock specialized vocabulary. In these anti-intellectual times, we need it more than ever.
Student Journalists Are Under ThreatUniversities are increasingly cracking down on their speech. That’s bad news for them and very bad news for democracy.
Oh Good, a “Professor Watch List”The timing of a new website meant to identify liberal academics is grotesque.
Just in Time for Our Impending Nuclear Holocaust … It’s Nena!The “99 Luftballons” singer on Trump, playing the U.S. for the first time, and the Americans who butcher her song at karaoke.
The XX Factor
That Sexist Job-Search Advice About Engagement Rings? Female Academics Have Heard It for Years.
How Olympic Gymnasts Choose the Perfect Tacky Songs for Their Floor RoutinesFrom the Sex and the City theme to Madama Butterfly to Queen Bey.
Why Do Gymnasts Have Such Strange, Elaborate Hairdos?An investigation of 50 years of gymnastics hair trends.