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Dostoevsky

Submission

Charles Kolb | Posted 08.11.2015 | Books
Charles Kolb

Is it possible to have too much freedom? Since the Enlightenment, Western liberal democracies have marched steadily in the direction of maximizing individual liberties and freedoms.

'Phantom Limb': A Conversation With Dennis Palumbo

Mark Rubinstein | Posted 05.12.2015 | Books
Mark Rubinstein

Dennis Palumbo is a thriller writer and psychotherapist in private practice. He's the author of the non-fiction book, Writing from the Inside Out and a collection of mystery stories, From Crime to Crime.

The Clash of Civilizations

Francis Levy | Posted 05.09.2015 | Books
Francis Levy

What if you woke up to find that the pieces on the chess board had changed and there were no more pawns which moved one or two spaces ahead, no castles moving perpendicular to each other or knights with their L-shaped choreography.

Chris Ofili: Night and Day

Francis Levy | Posted 03.30.2015 | Arts
Francis Levy

Ofili partakes of a tradition of transgressive Christianity that goes back to Dostoevsky's The Grand Inquisitor, to Graham Greene's fugitive priest in The Power and the Glory and to the damnation that infects the saintly fallen creatures in Pasolini's films.

Burmese Days

Francis Levy | Posted 02.18.2015 | Arts
Francis Levy

Many artists become so attuned to making their own subjective experience into an object that they are no longer able to enjoy the unmediated experience of reality.

Rosewater

Francis Levy | Posted 01.24.2015 | Arts
Francis Levy

As a director Jon Stewart's persona is a far cry from that of the television host. Instead of treating Bahari's story as a comic strip or subject of satire (in the way Argo partially did in its tale of a notorious escape from Iran), Stewart tackles his subject with deadly seriousness.

A Purveyor of Truth: The Writer's Life (Part 2)

Max Dorfman | Posted 01.11.2015 | Arts
Max Dorfman

The way Notes From the Underground was written itself marked a shift in both personal and professional philosophies for Dostoevsky. It must be rememb...

Interview: Richard Ayoade Seeing Double

Marshall Fine | Posted 07.20.2014 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Gloomy, claustrophobic and haunting, Richard Ayoade's second film, The Double, has been described by some as a dark comedy, a label that leaves Ayoade scratching his distinctive head.

Week in Film: Neighbors, Chef and more

Marshall Fine | Posted 07.09.2014 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Neighbors may not be a particularly well-thought-out film (huge third-act problems). But it has some of the biggest sustained laughs of the summer.

Do the Humanities Help Us Understand the World in Which We Live?

Daniel R. Schwarz | Posted 07.02.2014 | Education
Daniel R. Schwarz

Readers of Dostoevsky and Tolstoy will better understand Putins's behavior and his response to Western disapproval if they remember those 19th century authors' deep skepticism of the Enlightenment's emphasis on logic and reason.

Nymphomaniac: Vol. II

Francis Levy | Posted 06.14.2014 | Arts
Francis Levy

Lars von Trier is an incurable romantic.

New Year's Fiscal Cliff Hangover

Randee Mia Berman | Posted 01.01.2013 | Comedy
Randee Mia Berman

Considering the art of rock climbing and sport of cliff scaling, we might have better fiscal sports analysis from ESPN than CNN. We know it's got something to do with debt and taxes. Just what we're not clear.

Evocative Portraits Of Authors

Posted 03.06.2012 | Arts

Many artists allude to their inspirations in their works, and it is no different for artist Carl Kohler, who dedicated his life's work to paying respe...

The Stockholm Syndrome Theory Of Long Novels

themillions.com | Posted 07.16.2011 | Books

I used to be the kind of reader who gives short shrift to long novels. I used to take a wan pleasure in telling friends who had returned from a tour o...

Dostoevsky Darkens The Moscow Subway

NPR | David Greene | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

The Dostoevskaya station -- which opened this summer in memory of Russian writer Fyodor Dostoevsky -- met a fair share of opposition when psychologist...

Orhan Pamuk and his Museum: This Is Your Brain on Novels

Christopher Lydon | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Christopher Lydon

Orhan Pamuk's new novel, "The Museum of Innocence", is about the collectible evidence - the earrings, the cigarette stubs, the views out the bedroom window - of a blissful love affair going bad.

Tolstoy's Stories

Richard Pevear | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Richard Pevear

Tolstoy has been better served by translators than other Russian writers, but there is still the challenge of coming closer to the original, of catching more of its specific stylistic qualities than previous translations have done.