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How Dostoevsky predicted Trump's America

The Conversation US | Posted 08.23.2016 | Home
The Conversation US

Ani Kokobobo, University of Kansas As a professor of Russian literature, I've come to realize that it's never a good sign when real life resembles a ...

On the Culture Front: Germans Make Great Pizza and Other Observations

Chris Kompanek | Posted 10.21.2016 | Travel
Chris Kompanek

These thin crust pies almost feel like a deconstruction because of how distinct each flavor remains. The cheese, arugula and tomatoes on one pie sat next to each other with distinction. There was a precision that felt duly German, and it went down effortlessly with Riesling.

What Makes the New Atheists So Charitable?

Joey Savoie | Posted 10.20.2016 | Science
Joey Savoie

We want this for others because we would want it for ourselves. The demand for others to receive the same standards as we enjoy is as real as any other cause.

World Isn't Worth Saving if the Price is a Tear of an Innocent Child

Edward Goldman | Posted 07.07.2016 | Arts
Edward Goldman

If someone told me that I would have a reason to bring up the names of Pope Francis and Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy in the same sentence, I would have highly doubted it. But, here it is.

Cities and Art That Bring Us to Tears

Edward Goldman | Posted 05.26.2016 | Arts
Edward Goldman

So, Memorial Day is over. But, some memories continue to linger. I keep thinking about an intriguing article I read in yesterday's New York Times op-ed section by T.M. Luhrmann, which asks the question, "What gives certain places their extraordinary power to move people so deeply?"

References in It Follows Set the Tone

Andy Hoglund | Posted 05.25.2015 | Entertainment
Andy Hoglund

Beyond their muted hipster tendencies, having the teens watch those specific films is a sneaky way of establishing tone. Even before Jay's curse is induced, she and her friends are already engulfed by suburban sprawl.

Schumpeter, Pol Pot and The Grand Inquisitor

Francis Levy | Posted 05.12.2015 | Home
Francis Levy

Everyone has a Grand Inquisitor lurking inside them, in the form of a negative doppleganger or alter ego, the self-immolating spirit that casts doubt on every assertion of the life force.

The Double and the Christmas Holidays

Govindini Murty | Posted 02.05.2015 | Entertainment
Govindini Murty

The story of The Double is a parable of how people can get caught up in the hamster wheel of modern existence -- cowed by authority, hierarchy, and external standards of worth into trying to please everyone around them, while not pleasing the most important person they have to live with: themselves.

A Purveyor of Truth (Part 3)

Max Dorfman | Posted 01.16.2015 | Arts
Max Dorfman

Creativity is a quality we know but can rarely ever define. We know it when we see it. When it's apparent, we take joy in it. And when it's absent, we often cringe.

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...

Blogging Defiantly: Teaira Whitehead and The Brothers Karamazov

Sue Kerr | Posted 01.11.2015 | Crime
Sue Kerr

There's a passage in the acclaimed novel The Brothers Karamazov by Fyodor Dostoevsky that has resonated and haunted me for decades.

A Purveyor of Truth: The Writer's Life

Max Dorfman | Posted 01.05.2015 | Arts
Max Dorfman

This will be a three part series, examining creativity, which in this writer's mind, has been extremely malnourished in today's world. The first two pieces examines the life of Fyodor Dostoevsky, the great Russian novelist.

Liberty, Equality, and -- Especially -- Fraternity

Bernard-Henri Lévy | Posted 04.08.2014 | World
Bernard-Henri Lévy

In this time of provocative and suggestive "quenelles" and bananas hurled at government officials, of rancid hatred and incendiary clamor, of generalized resentment and vindictive rivalries, we have forgotten a word that badly needs reinventing. That word is fraternity.

Hurray to Pope Francis and MOCA Trustees

Edward Goldman | Posted 03.09.2014 | Arts
Edward Goldman

First of all, a belated Happy New Year to you, my friends. May I ask what is on your list of New Years' resolutions? Oh, never mind your waistline. Wh...

The House of the Dead

Francis Levy | Posted 02.25.2014 | Home
Francis Levy

What if all the dead have been there all along? What if they are crying about not being remembered? Family and friends flock to the memorial, but then...

On Being in Love: A Spiritual Challenge

T. Thorn Coyle | Posted 11.17.2013 | Religion
T. Thorn Coyle

I have committed myself to being open to love in all its forms. However love arrives at the doorstep of my heart, I try to recognize it. At least, that is my intention. It isn't always easy. Sometimes it feels challenging. Sometimes it feels exhilarating.


The Huffington Post | Matthew Jacobs | Posted 09.17.2013 | Entertainment

Fyodor Dostoevsky's novella "The Double" comes to life in a folksy new trailer that premiered Friday. Starring Jesse Eisenberg as Simon, a demure man ...

8 Reasons to Spend This June in 19th Century Russia

Jeb Harrison | Posted 08.03.2013 | Home
Jeb Harrison

Just when you thought that you wouldn't be able to fit any time travel into your busy schedule this summer, along comes an irresistible opportunity to spend the entire month of June in a quaint mid-19th century Russian village with none other than Dmitri, Ivan and Alyosha Karamazov!

Know These Books

Nick Kolakowski | Posted 08.19.2012 | Home
Nick Kolakowski

Lists are arbitrary. No formula can rank James Joyce over Vladimir Nabokov, or Edith Wharton over Jane Austen. The intellectual knows it's most important to try and read all those great novels.

'Second Bananas' Who Were First-Rate Authors

Dave Astor | Posted 06.12.2012 | Home
Dave Astor

Why do some 19th-century novelists resemble the pre-2004 Boston Red Sox or some current singers other than Adele? This post will explain!

Will Write for Food

Jeff Klima | Posted 04.08.2012 | Home
Jeff Klima

Is it possible to sue someone on the basis of copyright infringement and theft of intellectual property if they have been dead for 131 years? I just g...

Faith Is Holding Survivor Contestant Back

Austin Carty | Posted 11.27.2011 | Religion
Austin Carty

When you approach a situation thinking, "If I say this, or do this, or don't say this, or don't do this, I may look like a bad Christian," then you aren't really doing or saying it for Christ.

May 21 Rapture: Books We Will (And Won't) Be Reading If The World Really IS Ending Tomorrow

Gina Barreca | Posted 07.19.2011 | Home
Gina Barreca

It'd be interesting to see what we'd read if we actually considered ourselves an endangered species. We'd have to give up the pretence and get with the program; we'd have to read only what we know (or believe) we'd love.

A Peek Inside Famous Writers’ Homes | Posted 07.05.2011 | Home

Last month, The New York Times ran a slideshow of Norman Mailer's Brooklyn Heights apartment, which will be up for sale shortly. This got us thinking ...

Improve Your Writing "Quickly and Easily," Pearson Promises

Justin Snider | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Justin Snider

Pearson announced a series of applications for the iPhone and iPod touch called "GrammarPrep." Call me old school, but I don't believe there's a quick or easy way to get better at writing.