Monday, December 18, 2017
Essays & Opinions

Essays & Opinions

Browse Opinions, Essays, Articles, News stories, Features, Book Reviews around the web at one place at Arts & Letters Weekly. We put together best articles, news stories, opinions, essays, features and book reviews from across the humanities. Arts & Letters Weekly gathers best news stories, reviews of art, music and film, editorials and opinions from various print and web sources like the New Republic, Guardian, The Smart set, The Nation, The New Criterion, The Onion, Slate, etc. and puts it all onto one website. It looks scholarly and bland, but It's actually a nice overview of the world and worth exploring if you have interest in what's going on in all sorts of places.  It's always fresh and always relevant.

JD Salinger

JD Salinger: What can his unpublished stories tell us about him?

The Salinger myth. Why did he stop writing? Did he stop writing? The answers aren't in recently leaked stories... Read more

Beyond the paleo

Altruism tends to be parochial; people usually care most about their own kin. But an evolutionary basis for human morality can take us only...

How journals like Nature, Cell and Science are damaging science

There is no greater boon to a young scientist than to publish in Nature, Science, or Cell. But are those journals bad for science?......

Why the cult of hard work is counter-productive

We are mad for efficiency, obsessed by busyness. Thus life-hacking, treadmill desks, breakfast meetings. But is productivity a virtue or a vice?... Read more
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Lenny! Robert Gottlieb

Robert Gottlieb has a Leonard Bernstein problem: Was the flamboyant conductor for real or was he an act? Do we love him or do...

The triumph of the maternalists

The new paternalism is so nonconfrontational, anti-ideological, and unwilling to claim moral authority that it can hardly be called ?paternal.' Let's call it ?maternalism?......
Seamus Heaney

Last words

It can be foolish to suggest that a person stands for something, that he represents an idea or a stance. But Seamus Heaney did...

The Catholic Writer Today

Catholics compose one-quarter of the American population, yet they?ve retreated to the point of invisibility from literary culture. Why?... Read more

Marc Chagall: Between Paris and Vitebsk

Despite Marc Chagall's adventures in Cubism, Fauvism, and Symbolism, and his move to Paris, his Russian-Jewish upbringing was unmistakable... Read more

Die, selfish gene, die

Biologists from Mendel to Dawkins have celebrated the supremacy of the gene. Their argument is simple, elegant, and wrong... Read more

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