The Anatomy of Influence: Interview with Harold Bloom
For more than 50 years Harold Bloom’s name has been synonymous with the study of literature, from his groundbreaking book The Anxiety of Influence (1973) and its sequel A Map of Misreading (1975), to definitive studies on Shelley (Shelley’s Mythmaking, 1959), William Butler Yeats (Yeats, 1970), and Wallace Stevens (Wallace Stevens: The Poems of Our Climate, 1977) among others.
Published: April 1, 2011
Length: 21 minutes (5304 words)
Sons of the Revolution
Published: May 9, 2011
Length: 4 minutes (1046 words)
The Double Game
Published: May 16, 2011
Length: 3 minutes (948 words)
The Teachings of Speaker Gingrich
Among the personalities and books and events that have “influenced” or “changed” or “left an indelible impression on” the thinking of the Hon. Newton Leroy Gingrich (R-Ga.), the current Speaker of the House of Representatives and the author of 1945 and To Renew America, are, by his own accounts, Abraham Lincoln, Thomas Jefferson, Franklin Roosevelt, Isaac Asimov, Alexis de Tocqueville, Tom Clancy, Allen Drury’s Advise and Consent, Robert Walpole, William Gladstone, Gordon Wood, Peter Drucker, Arnold Toynbee’s A Study of History, Napoleon Hill’s Think and Grow Rich...
Author: Joan Didion
Published: Aug. 10, 1995
Length: 22 minutes (5584 words)
The New Yorker
Author: Jill Lepore
How Google Dominates Us
Most people have already forgotten how dark and unsignposted the Internet once was. A user in 1996, when the Web comprised hundreds of thousands of “sites” with millions of “pages,” did not expect to be able to search for “Olympics” and automatically find the official site of the Atlanta games. That was too hard a problem. And what was a search supposed to produce for a word like “university”? AltaVista, then the leading search engine, offered up a seemingly unordered list of academic institutions, topped by the Oregon Center for Optics.
Author: James Gleick
Published: Aug. 18, 2011
Length: 7 minutes (1908 words)
Getting Bin Laden
A second SEAL stepped into the room and trained the infrared laser of his M4 on bin Laden’s chest. The Al Qaeda chief, who was wearing a tan shalwar kameez and a prayer cap on his head, froze; he was unarmed. “There was never any question of detaining or capturing him—it wasn’t a split-second decision. No one wanted detainees,” the special-operations officer told me. (The Administration maintains that had bin Laden immediately surrendered he could have been taken alive.) Nine years, seven months, and twenty days after September 11th, an American was a trigger pull from ending bin Laden’s life.
Published: Aug. 8, 2011
Length: 3 minutes (986 words)
As Ohio Goes: A Letter from Tea-Party Country by Timothy Snyder
Timothy Snyder Peter van Agtmael/Magnum Photos A view from the highway in rural Ohio. As Michele Bachmann con
Length: 6 minutes (1539 words)
Libya: How They Did It
Only when I reached Suq al-Juma, Tripoli’s sprawling eastern suburb of 400,000, three days after the rebels entered the city on August 21, did I feel I was somewhere free of Muammar Qaddafi’s yoke. In contrast to the deserted, shuttered streets elsewhere in the capital, the alleyways behind its manned barricades were a hive of activity. Children played outside until after midnight. Women drove cars. The mosques broadcast takbir, the celebratory chants reserved for Eid, the end of Ramadan, that God is Great, greater even than the colonel. Replacing absent Egyptian laborers, volunteers harvested tomatoes and figs in the garden allotments.
Published: Sept. 29, 2011
Length: 7 minutes (1845 words)
What is madness? The case of Harold Shipman
Whether it's One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, Girl, Interrupted or A Beautiful Mind, why is madness always made so visible, so tangible, so audible? People talk to imaginary companions, they…
Published: Oct. 2, 2011
Length: 16 minutes (4118 words)
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