Author John Green called it his “favorite essay on The Fault in Our Stars yet.”
2. We Need To Talk About Tyrion: How HBO Failed George R. R. Martin’s Iconic Character by Ilana Teitelbaum, November 21st, 2014
“What is most remarkable about this moment in the TV series is that the show gets it wrong.”
Ron Rosenbaum’s characteristically brilliant response to all the important updates that have occurred in Hitler studies in the past 15 years.
Texts from Jane Eyre is not only a major work of bathroom humor reading, but also a significant contribution to feminist literary criticism.
Scarlett Johansson in Her (Spike Jonze, 2013), Under the Skin (Jonathan Glazer, 2013), and Lucy (Luc Besson, 2014).
Costica Bradatan shows us how The Brothers Karamazov explains Russia’s current politics.
Emma Healey on MTV’s ‘Catfish’ and the state of modern love
Susan Sontag’s entire digital life is now available to researchers. What should they do with it?
Four very different reactions to the divisive ending of season one of HBO’s True Detective.
10. “True Detective”: Down the Bayou (Far From Any Road) by Jacob Mikanowski, March 8th, 2014
From The King in Yellow to H.P. Lovecraft, “all of a sudden the psychosphere is in the mainstream.”
11. The Oldest Story: Toward a Theory of a Dead Girl Show by Alice Bolin, April 28th, 2014
Alice Bolin theorizes on the commonality of the Dead Girl in Twin Peaks, True Detective, and Pretty Little Liars.
Girls, for all of its flaws, does speak truth to (most) power.
If theory really is a thing of the past, its status as such could open it up for retrospective reconsideration.
In Defense of Betty Draper.
Why do we die and what is the purpose of life?
A comprehensive look at the history — and the myth — of Los Angeles’s most potent symbol.
17. Jonathan Freedman on The Double Life of Paul de Man by Evelyn Barish by Jonathan Freedman, April 22nd, 2014
Deconstructing De Man in the Digital Age.
18. Jedediah Purdy on Capital in the Twenty-First Century by Thomas Piketty by Jedediah Purdy, April 24th, 2014 “To Have and Have Not”
How unequal is the division of wealth and income? How did it get that way, and where is it going?
A faked copy of Galileo’s landmark book Sidereus Nuncius has disarmed a generation of Galileo experts.
20. Sleep’s Hidden Histories Benjamin Reiss on The Slumbering Masses: Sleep, Medicine, and Modern American Life, 24/7 : Late Capitalism and the Ends of Sleep, Dangerously Sleepy: Overworked Americans and the Cult of Manly Wakefulness by Matthew J. Wolf-Meyer, Jonathan Crary, Alan Derickson by Benjamin Reiss, February 15th, 2014
Sleeping patterns and configurations vary from culture to culture and across time
The story behind the story of the prosecutor in the Michael Brown case in Ferguson, Missouri.
Annalisa Quinn in conversation with Mary Beard, a one-of-a-kind classicist.
23. Mourning Tongues: How Auden Was Modified in the Guts of the Living by Nina Martyris, January 28th, 2014
One of the most extraordinary elegiac conversations of our time.
“Is College Still Worth It? ”
When a person commits an atrocity, our immediate, stuttering questions are why and how? Can reading a mass murderer’s own account answer those questions?