The story of David Bowie’s unfinished musical
Stolen Guercino altarpiece worth $6 million found in Morocco
How a young Antonin Scalia shaped Canada’s spy agencies
Lady Jane Grey — a quintessential Tudor
Obscure Gustav Klimt masterpiece will lead Sotheby’s London auction
The President isn’t the hero of the American story
The flaw in the Right’s media hate
The art of living and writing freely can save us from ourselves
Literature-loving writers can now work in Mark Twain’s library
“We deserve a better press, and a better president, too. If you are the sort of partisan who cannot entertain the possibility that both of these things may be true at the same time, then you ought to consider the possibility that you are one of the reasons why we do not have a better press or a better president.”
“Zhou Youguang, the inventor of a system to convert Chinese characters into words with the Roman alphabet, died recently at the age of 111. Since his system was introduced nearly six decades ago, few innovations have done more to boost literacy rates in China and bridge the divide between the country and the West.”
How microbial infections might cause Alzheimer’s disease
Will the Crac des Chevaliers survive the Syrian Civil War?
Sotheby’s goes risqué in first-ever erotic art auction
How Rauschenberg elevated Tiffany’s window displays into an art form
What a time to be alive
An Oxford college sends Renaissance rarities to the U.S.
The United States is an exceptional, extraordinary, unusual place. One day again I hope to have a President who understands that. Instead of a President who says disgraceful things about it and thinks it’s a terrible place.
Joyce among the Jesuits
Terrible women writers
“What is the Democratic party? Is it a genuine political party, or is it simply an instrument of relatively well-off government workers who care about very little other than securing for themselves regular raises and comfortable pensions?”
Great Britain, the litter bin of Europe
Thousands of Mark Twain artifacts threatened by mold at author’s historic home undergoing repairs
Cosmic test bolsters Einstein’s “Spooky Action at a Distance”
A history of the oldest but least understood American law enforcement agency: The U. S. Marshals Service
10 sweetest pictures of Pluto from NASA’s latest release
Botticelli’s Venus to go on view in the United States for the first time
I’m very pleased with Trump’s SCOTUS pick. Anyone who wants the executive restrained should be. He’s done two things right so far: Mattis and Gorsuch.
13 most beautiful opera houses around the world
Sotheby’s Americana week brings in $19.4 million
“I do sometimes wonder, sincerely, at what appears to me to be a genuine lack of self-respect on the Left. No one believes Chuck Schumer helped put a right-wing extremist on a federal court, and no one believes Gorsuch is an extremist. But the ritual incantation must be made, because that is what is demanded.”
Correct: “We should fear ‘Brave New World’ more than ‘1984’”
Bibliomania: the strange history of compulsive book buying
Cigarettes are still sublime
‘The Hobbit’ book returned to a New York library after a 38-year unexpected journey with a U.S. Marine
Smart, emotionally stable people enjoy morbid humor
Gary Taylor argues that Shakespeare wrote Hamlet in 1603, not 1601. Jonathan Bate disagrees.