Forget everything else

Noelle Lopez (Harvard) and Paul Gerstmayr (Oxford): Prospects for a Tantric Practice of Platonic Love. From Commentary, Gary Saul Morson on why college kids are avoiding the study of literature; Terry Teachout on the Lincoln Center’s dark legacy; and Michael J. Lewis on how art became irrelevant. Up for sale, The Economist is unlikely to alter its voice. Amy Lynn Smith on how defunding Planned Parenthood would put health and lives at risk. Welcome to the freest place on Earth: Livia Gershon on drugs, guns, and philosophy at Libertarian summer camp. Arguing against evil: Patrick Iber on liberal hawks and neocons’ Congress for Cultural Freedom delusion. Forget everything else — look at Trump’s net favorables (and more and more and more). Michael Hobbes on the myth of the ethical shopper: We’re still trying to eliminate sweatshops and child labor by buying right — but that’s not how the world works in 2015. Filmmakers fighting “Happy Birthday” copyright find their “smoking gun”.