The World According to Conrad

“I’m drawn to people who don’t fit neatly into boxes,” says Professor Maya Jasanoff about the subject of her new book, Joseph Conrad (pictured, Wikimedia Commons) Professor Maya Jasanoff embraced adventure to explore the mind behind Heart of Darkness and other classics. By Jill Radsken / 11.22.2017 Maya Jasanoff has traveled in 70 countries, the 70th[…]

Into the Woods with Shakespeare

The Shakespearean Forest reimagines the real forests that our greatest playwright evoked in his works. The final book of renowned scholar, Anne Barton, it explores the changeable and sometimes sinister presence of the forest in literature and culture. 10.02.2017 Fear and forests, writes Shakespeare scholar Professor Anne Barton, go hand in hand. Forests are where we get lost[…]

Where the Beauty Lies

Photo from Flickr, Creative Commons By Dr. Mark English / 11.26.2017 The neurologist treating my mother’s Parkinson’s disease, an old-school physician with a heavy Afrikaans accent, first suggested using music as part of her treatment some ten years ago. We probably would have got around to it anyway, as she had had some early training[…]

On the Nature of the Stoic Sage

The Stoic Sage: The Early Stoics on Wisdom, Sagehood and Socrates By Dr. Massimo Pigliucci / 08.23.2017 Professor of Philosophy City University of New York Two Definitions of Wisdom The Stoic Sage: The Early Stoics on Wisdom, Sagehood and Socrates Let’s start a series of commentaries on a book by René Brouwer, an assistant professor at the School[…]

Social Media as Masochism

Using social media can be a masochistic means of escaping the self By Rob Horning / 05.15.2016 When I read anthropologist Natasha Dow Schüll’s book on gambling, Addiction by Design, it started me thinking of how machine gambling works as an analogue for social media: Both facilitate an escapism through engagement, an immersion in immediate risk-taking routines that obscures[…]