Tales, trivia, and tidbits from now and then.
Or, a delicate operation into the exhumed literary skull of David Foster Wallace
Around the world by highways, byways, and waterways.
My experience of postwar Guatemala
From your point of view.
Finding the bright side
Commentary on the worlds of entertainment, style, and media.
Models of masculinity
Journeys through the world of food and drink.
An ode to a miserable snackfood
Taking comics seriously.
The ridiculous and the profound in the cartoonist’s latest release
Aristotle says every human action is due to one of seven causes. I now have seven legitimate excuses for my behavior.
From Seattle to Seoul
Witty banter with persons of note.
Reveling in ruins with Nathaniel Popkin
Music to your ears.
and the world’s first heavy metal album.
Dispatches from exhibitions around the world.
Peeking into the cracks and crevices of culture.
Dawson City’s disinterred silent film archive
Notes and commentary from the table.
. . . and wine, too!
For and against our better judgement.
Reviewing Ken Stern’s political bubbles
[Insert John Mellencamp here.]
Surviving a winter with utopian squatters
On the act of writing.
Horror in the daylight
On the wide world of sports.
For the love of candlepins
Our favorite albums, artists, books, films, and TV shows of the year
Communications with the living world.
An excerpt from Birdmania
Michael Lind at the intersection of politics, culture, economics, and history.
A clash of visions
A regular column from a very promiscuous reader.
On evolutionary fundamentalism
You say you want an education.
Why non-academic skills are as important as the traditional academic stuff
Investigations into the intersection of science and humanity.
The fate of the universe hangs in the balance.
Links from around the web.
Links from The Smart Set and beyond
Notes on design.
Why should the look of fashion be the opposite of joy? Against RBF on the runway.
The big ideas on the small, the not-so-small, and the everyday.
Earthworks, new and ancient, and the art of disappearance
Field notes on arts, culture, and everything else from our critic-at-large.
In Cleveland, the ghost of d.a. levy is everywhere, even animating MOCA Cleveland's summer show. But what is it that makes the poet's legacy endure?
To praise shopping is to breach the last taboo of academic culture.
As a cultural critic, I've tried to keep some distance from consumer culture. But as a seeker of perfect skin, I really need to tell you about the Wonder Cloth.
Looking back on the dalliances of my MFA program.
My relationship with the German guy — or lack thereof — was nothing but liberating.
Looking at a single obscure object from museums around the world.
The match safe, a relic from when "pants-on-fire" wasn't just a schoolyard taunt.
A guide of unconventional places and ideas.
Are cars turning human beings into quadrupeds? Or is there room for walking after all?
Notes on music from around the world and throughout history.
This year, classical music fans celebrate the Britten centennial. But no one remembers his lifelong collaborator and lover, Peter Pears.
Notes on what we buy, why we buy it, and how companies get us to keep buying more.
A eulogy for Kodak.
Everything you wanted to know about life, poets, and the poet's life.
Advice and insight from a professional poet.
Revisiting older books in light of new events.
Some villains make no apologies.
Notes from a barbarian at the gates of culture.
Anthony Weiner's penis.
Dispatches from a woman of a certain age.
On buying what I hope is my final roof.
Stories from the institutions that preserve and interpret our history and culture.
Suspicions of the 15th president.
In which our heroine writes a column.
In which our heroine learns the art of scrapbooking. Sort of.