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Browse Book Reviews, Articles, News Stories, Opinions, Essays, Features 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.

England’s best letter-writers

Agony of Spirit

Meaning in verse comes in two kinds: that which is immediately discernible and that which is not, but then explodes. Gerard Manley Hopkins believed...
Marianne Moore

BOOKS The mad, mum-fixated maiden aunt of modernism

?Art breathes from containment and suffocates from freedom,' said Leonardo. Skeptical? Consider Marianne Moore's appallingly circumscribed life... Read more 
 John Gray

 The Gray Zone

John Gray, incessant pessimist, has spent the past decade sharpening his attack on humanism. But look closely: He is himself a humanist... Read more
Who's the Greatest Person in History

Statistically, Who’s the Greatest Person in History?

Was Shakespeare more significant than Darwin, or Mill more than Malthus? Can greatness be quantified? Cass Sunstein has his doubts... Read more
Richard-Dworkin

Religion Without God by Ronald Dworkin – review

Dedication to argument. His pursuit of philosophical unity led the legal scholar Ronald Dworkin to dwell, finally, on the nature of the sacred... Read...
Ashmolean Museum, Oxford/Art Archive at Art Resource

What Was Greek to Them?

In 1952, Michael Ventris announced that he?d deciphered Linear B, a strange script from prehistoric Greece. But had he fiddled with the data?... Read...
Dr. Alexander Charles receiving a wreath from Apollo, in an engraving by E. A. Tilly Library of Congress

‘Our Place Is in the Sky’

Balloons, said Victor Hugo, would liberate mankind from the 'tyranny of gravity.' They would also end war. Naive, sure, but glorious... Read More
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Machiavelli Was Right

Machiavelli has been unjustifiably scandalous for 500 years. Why? Critics mistake his realism for cynicism, his impatience with moralizing for cruelty Read More
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Storybook Plutocracy

Countless books have warned about the shrinking middle class. Little changes. Tom Frank questions the utility of journalism, and prose itself Read More
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‘Sorry!: The English and Their Manners’ by Henry Hitchings

Machiavelli has been unjustifiably scandalous for 500 years. Why? Critics mistake his realism for cynicism, his impatience with moralizing for cruelty Read More

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