Edges of knowledge

From Aeon, must science be testable? String wars among physicists have highlighted just how much science needs philosophy — and not just the amateur version. The scientific inquisition: Tuomas E. Tahko finds a place where metaphysics and science meet. The seven edges of knowledge: Jonathan Ree reviews What We Cannot Know by Marcus du Sautoy (and more). A different kind of logic: Philip Ball on the science of the inconceivable. No, science is not faith-based. Are there barbarians at the gates of

Paper Trail

Marilynne Robinson has won the Richard C. Holbrooke award for her writing, which Dayton Literary Peace Prize founder Sharon Rab praised for being “concerned with the issues that define the . . . prize: forgiveness, the sacredness of the human creature and delight in being alive and experiencing the natural world.” PEN Center USA announced


Reforming the Racist Criminal Justice System

John MiddletonThroughout the Democratic primaries, police brutality and systematic discrimination in the criminal justice system have become critical campaign issues, due in large part to the unrelenting pressure

Daily Review

Here I Am

Jonathan Safran Foer is the Louis CK of the Jews. “I feel like America is the world’s worst girlfriend,” Louis says in one of his routines. “When somebody hurts America, she remembers it forever. But if she does anything bad, it’s like, ‘What? I didn’t do


Jesmyn Ward

James Baldwin's 1963 work, The Fire Next Time, with its forward-glancing title, was the call; The Fire This Time, a collection of essays and poems edited by Jesmyn Ward, is the response. Featuring the work of contemporary, mostly black writers, it finds a way to touch on many subjects.


"A Shocking Threat to the World": Biographer Wayne Barrett on Donald Trump


The Art of Advice-Giving

Lidija Haas

Advice is so much more enjoyable to give than it is to receive that its long flourishing as a genre—from the conduct books and periodicals of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries to the current plethora of columns, livechats, and podcasts—could seem mysterious. Of course, watching other people being told what to do might be the most fun of all, which surely helps account for the enduring appeal of the advice column.