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Intellectuals

Tales of an Extraordinary Madman  

Lionel Rolfe | Posted 09.17.2014 | Los Angeles
Lionel Rolfe

I viewed Bukowski as only doing a limited shtick -- he rarely came into the office himself, but I knew all about him because my friend Judy Lewellen, the city editor, used to go pick up the column. I guess I hadn't understood how popular Bukowski was getting until I was confronted by a book display in London.

America's Most Clueless Media Reporter Steps In It -- Again!

www.theatlantic.com | Posted 01.08.2014 | Media

Here is the machinery of racism—the privilege of being oblivious to questions, of never having to grapple with the everywhere. ...

Who Are the Good Guys in Syria?

Claude Salhani | Posted 11.05.2013 | World
Claude Salhani

With the exception of a few intellectuals who truly believe in the democratic system of governance based on Western-like principles, the majority of the Syrian opposition forces appear to be as ruthless as the regime they are fighting to overthrow.

The Return of the Exiles

Harry Boyte | Posted 05.01.2013 | Arts
Harry Boyte

In recent years, debates about the meaning and future of America have been dominated by a bellicose right wing, on the one hand, and a progressive intellectual and political establishment disengaged from -- even scornful of -- American identity.

The Age of the Informavore

Frank Schirrmacher | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Frank Schirrmacher

We are now entering a phase where Darwinian selection apparently attacks ideas themselves: what to remember, what not to remember, which idea is stronger, which idea is weaker.

Does the Ivy League Turn You Into a Moron? Walter Kirn Critiques Princeton in "Lost in the Meritocracy"

Anis Shivani | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Anis Shivani

Walter Kirn, author of the novels Up in the Air and Mission to America, has written the most enticing recent indictment of education in this country.

David Brooks and Big Words

Ben Cohen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Ben Cohen

Brooks distances himself from right wing blowhards like Bill O'Reilly and Rush Limbaugh, but essentially advocates the same policy positions without the bombast, and a lot of fancy words.