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Playwright John Patrick Shanley

The Gorgeous Unstoppable Tennessee Williams

And how he changed our sense of beauty.

Sketch of Kierkegaard by Niels Christian Kierkegaard, c. 1840.

The Fork And The Shrink

Kierkegaard was a psychologist of sorts, but unlike Freud he believed in God.

The War 150 Years Later

As the sesquicentennial nears, a selection of past, present, and future humanities projects.

An Ancient Chinese Poet, facsimile of original Chinese scroll, Chinese School.

The Making of Jonathan Spence

From Winchester College to The Search for Modern China.

P. F. Kluge encourages aspiring writers to use island life in their fiction.

Talking to Saipan

American lit in a Pacific outpost.

Jack Russell Weinstein

Philosophy on the Radio

A call-in show in North Dakota broadcasts under the motto that philosophy is for everyone.

Moliere dining with Louis XIV

Burying Molière

How the French Revolution reappropriated the favored playwright of Louis XIV.

Whalemen remove the jaw of a sperm whale

Whaling The Old Way

Life on a nineteenth-century whaler was thrilling, tedious, and often disgusting.

Mount Auburn Cemetery

Sweet Auburn

Cambridge's pastoral gateway to paradise set the trend for modern cemeteries.

Manuscript from Michael of Rhodes

Sailor of Fortune

Michael of Rhodes was not your typical fifteenth-century Venetian, and he left his manuscript as proof.