T.S. Eliot

The Cats of Cats Cuddle With Cats

<i>Cats</i> on Broadway teamed up with the Shelter Pet Project to encourage shelter pet adoption during the holiday season. The cast found the perfect way …

Cats

Too Many Americans Are Going to College

An economist makes a powerful case against education.<p>Suppose you always wanted to date tall and good-looking people, and believe yourself to be tall …

Conservative View

10 Things to Do Now in NYC

DANCE<p><b>Grace and Snowflakes</b><p><b>New York Theater Ballet at Florence Gould Hall</b><p>This small but mighty company presents Keith Michael’s “The Nutcracker,” which is choreographed especially for children. (Helpful to know: It’s only an hour.) Set in 1907, this sweet take on “The Nutcracker” (Friday at 12 p.m. …

New York City

Richard Posner: The Federal Court Maverick Turns Detractor

“I’M NOT a typical federal judge,” Richard Posner says in his new book <i>The Federal Judiciary</i>, which seems designed to affirm that claim.<p>Released in …

Books

18 Funny New Year’s Day 2018 Caption Ideas For Instagram That Will Get You Likes

While everyone else is busy obsessing over their New Year's resolutions and all of the things they wished they accomplished over the last year, you …

Playwrights

Globe critics’ roundtable: How does one take allegations into account when examining and evaluating art?

In October, the story broke: Film producer Harvey Weinstein had been accused of sexual harassment and abuse by multiple women. In many ways, it has …

Mario Batali

My Best Podcasts of 2017

This year, podcasts continued to boom as an industry and thrive as an art form—and to push journalism into unexpected places. “The Daily” has humanized the news and helped keep us sane; further along the news-entertainment spectrum, oral-history and biographical podcasts have emerged, and …

Podcasting

Mingus & Joni Mitchell: The Black Saint & the Singer Lady

In his final, terrible year of 1978, life was slipping from Charles Mingus each day, and he needed to do something to spread the word—maybe find a …

Jazz

W.H. Auden Wrote Poetry For a Beautiful Short Film About Running

In 1962, Canada’s National Film Board commissioned a first-time director to make an 11-minute, black-and-white movie about a 19-year-old distance …

Poetry

It's Not Just Socialists We Need to Worry About

<b>Jeffrey A. Tucker</b>, who is the Director of Content for the Foundation for Economic Education (FEE), has published the book <i>Right-Wing Collectivism: The</i> …

Playwrights

T.S. Eliot's Life and Career

For a struggling young American, Eliot had acquired extraordinary access to the British intellectual set. With Russell's help he was invited to …

Poetry

5 Broadway Shows You Should Watch With Your Kids

If your kids believe that the theater’s just a place their parents go on date-night, then they don’t know what they’re missing.<p>BroadwayHD makes it …

Travel

What’s New in NYC Theater

<i>Our guide to plays and musicals coming to New York stages — and a few last-chance picks of shows that are about to close. Our reviews of open shows are at nytimes.com/reviews/theater.</i><p><b>Previews and Openings</b><p><b>‘FARINELLI AND THE KING’</b> at the Belasco Theater (in previews; opens on Dec. 17). A show for …

The Theatre

How To Re-Invent Your Identity And Hack Your Biology (according to a really cool study)

In 1978, Ellen Langer, a Harvard psychologist, conducted an important study. She gave houseplants to two groups of nursing-home residents. One group …

Self-improvement

The Zealous Faith of Secularism | Mary Eberstadt

Begin with a sobering fact. During the past ten years, some of the sharpest observers of our time have come to believe that the tectonic plates …

Religion

Tragic Confluences: Anne Carson’s Translation of Euripides’ Bakkhai by Will Harrison

As a translator, Carson is well aware that her work must issue from the ever-changing afterlife of the original, an approach that requires cultural …

Ancient History

The First Sexual Revolution | Kyle Harper

Epictetus was the sort of figure that only the Roman Empire could have produced. He was born in the Phrygian hills of Anatolia in the middle of the …

Playwrights

Where to Find London's Victorian Charm

Courtesy of Liberty London<p>The Liberty London, a masterpiece of Tudor revival architecture built in 1875, was the stylish Victorian woman’s shop of …

London

What the “Plums” Meme Has to Say About How Poetry Can Work on the Internet

Photo illustration by <i>Slate</i>. Photos by 5second/iStock; Blackzheep/iStock. Last week saw a surge of tweets that mash up William Carlos Williams’ 1934 …

Poetry

Beyond the Ugly Practices of Organised Religion

Why is it that everything is upside down, and all that happens in the name of religion is divisive, oppressive and morally repugnant?<p><i>What can I do my</i> …

Spirituality

11 Inspirational New Year's Facebook Caption Ideas, For A Hopeful Start To 2018

Facebook makes sure you are feeling sentimental this time of year. With their "Year in Review" slideshows assembled from your photos and posts, they …

Playwrights

Katie Melua’s 10 top songwriting tips

Katie Melua: “To be a great songwriter you have to be as good as the greatest composer and as good as the greatest poet.”The Georgian-British singer …

Playwrights

The Man Who Remade Arabic Poetry

Adonis’s poems reflect a lifelong argument with his culture.<p>In March, 2011, when civil protests broke out in cities and towns across Syria, the country’s most famous poet, Adonis—who is in his eighties and has lived in exile since the mid-nineteen-fifties—hesitated to support the demonstrators. …

Culture

A Memoir of an Extraordinary Anglo-Jewish Family

In <i>What You Did Not Tell Me</i>, the historian Mark Mazower pieces together the story of his family, focusing on his paternal grandparents who came to …

Jewish Culture

A Mind-Bending Translation of the New Testament

David Bentley Hart’s text recaptures the awkward, multivoiced power of the original.<p>In the beginning was … well, what? A clap of the divine hands and a poetic shock wave? Or an itchy node of nothingness inconceivably scratching itself into somethingness? In the beginning was the Word, says the …

Theology

Paris Review - Ernest Hemingway, The Art of Fiction No. 21

Interviewed by George Plimpton<p>Issue 18, Spring 1958<p>Ernest Hemingway, ca. 1939. Photograph by Lloyd Arnold<p>HEMINGWAY<p>You go to the races?<p>INTERVIEWER<p>Yes, occasionally.<p>HEMINGWAY<p>Then you read the Racing Form ... There you have the true art of fiction.<p>—Conversation in a Madrid café, May 1954<p>Ernest …

Authors

Dark Ecology: For a Logic of Future Coexistence by Timothy Morton (review)

Timothy Morton's latest project, <i>Dark Ecology: For a Logic of Future Coexistence</i>, argues that our present environmental crisis is indebted to more …

Johns Hopkins University

Bluff The Listener

Our panelists read three stories about a new reason to go see the musical <i>Cats</i>, only one of which is true.

Playwrights

2017 Holiday Gift Guide for Librarians and Book Lovers

If you’re a librarian or avid reader, you’re probably used to getting the same things every year during the holidays—new books, bookmarks, requests …

Playwrights

The Online Photographer

Smartphones are great cameras and I've been having fun doing a deliberate project with mine. In a couple of years I've gotten about ten pictures that …

Sony Alpha