Reading Arendt

Rodrigo Ponce Santos (UFPR): The Role of The Will in Hannah Arendt’s Theory on Political Conflicts. Kei Hiruta (Oxford): A Democratic Consensus? Isaiah Berlin, Hannah Arendt, and the Anti-totalitarian Family Quarrel. From the inaugural issue of Arendt Studies, here is the Editor’s Introduction. George Prochnik on what Gershom Scholem and Hannah Arendt can teach us about evil today. Jon Baskin reviews Thinking in Public: Strauss, Levinas, Arendt by Benjamin Aldes Wurgaft. Learning to live in the

Paper Trail

The Atlantic has hired four new columnists for its soon to be launched ideas, opinions, and commentary section. In this new feature of the website, Ibram X. Kendi, Kevin D. Williamson, Annie Lowrey, and Alex Wagner “will help readers understand the key issues of the day, introduce novel evidence and reporting to the debate, and


Marriage Reimagined

Laura SmithIt is easy to view the vast and varied landscape of marriage in the present day as a radical departure from a more conservative past. But many of these marriage alternatives—including polyamory, open

Daily Review

Aetherial Worlds

In Tatyana Tolstaya’s earlier short-story collection, White Walls, a character remarks, “If a person is dead, that’s for a long time; if he’s stupid, that’s forever.” This was marvelous, I thought, one of those wise, wise Russian sayings. I mentioned this to a friend.


Jenn Pelly

“The Raincoats were a group of women who were, in part, just learning to play their instruments, but their debut album also coincides with the start of a whole artistic sensibility, one of fearless and knowing amateurism,” Pitchfork contributing editor Jenn Pelly writes in her recent book about the origins of the Raincoats, part of Bloomsbury’s 33 1/3 music writing series.


Bookforum: "Bleeding Hearts"


Minds of the Immortals: Emily Wilson on translating "The Odyssey"

Ben Shields

“The minds of the immortals rarely change,” old King Nestor tells Telemachus in Book III of The Odyssey, That may be true, but the ways that we experience and imagine those gods change regularly, Since the sixteenth century, dozens of English-language translators have traversed the epics of archaic Hellas, and all of them have returned with their own unique account: Blank verse, couplets, and prose are all available portals into Homer.