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What do we owe the Enlightenment?
Avant-garde fiction is starting to resemble conceptual art
An etymological mystery
What tales of ancient Vedic aircraft tell us about India’s place in the modern world
The dark and light of Sally Mann
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The National Front's defense of 'Charlie Hebdo' should make the mag's progressive American defenders wary
Maggie Nelson's latest book, 'The Argonauts', captures life's messiness
Vivian Gornick and the pursuit of an uncoupled life.
Making sense of the spectacular collapse of two of fashion’s best-known bad boys
Imperial nostalgia invades American television
Why we need physical books
What happened to America's most exciting black scholar?
Her latest nonfiction collection, 'After The Tall Timber,' is a guidepost for the post-9/11 generation