Arts and Culture

An offender  of prostitution exposed to public shame

Think there's a renaissance of public shaming online? You're right. There's something about the anonymity of social media has people who probably seem perfectly nice in person, posting vicious, scathing, humiliating comments online.More

The Strange Last Voyage of Donald Crowhurst

Poet Billy Collins bookmarks "The Strange Last Voyage of Donald Crowhurst."More

The thoroughly domesticated dog

Merrill Markoe loves dogs. She’s written two novels and many comic essays about our furry friends. Doug Gordon sat down to talk with her about how dogs became our besties.  More

Roxane on Twitter

The novelist talks about tackling her trolls and “writing to the point of uncomfortability.”More

empathy

If people were more empathetic, the world would be a better place, don’t you think? Paul Bloom thinks perhaps not.More

Hotel

It means “a couldn’t-care-less attitude,” and it’s a personal mantra for comedian Norm MacDonald.More

Young Fresh Fellows

Charles R. Cross on the Young Fresh Fellows album “The Fabulous Sounds of the Pacific Northwest.”More

Nicole Paris

A father-daughter duo take vocal percussion from the cradle to the stage.More

shame sad face sign

Can shame also be used for public good?  There’s a judge in Texas who’s famous for his creative – and controversial – shame-based sentences.  To hear how they work, let’s go back to Thanksgiving evening, 1996. Houston, Texas. More

Around 2 million years ago, it’s believed our hominin ancestors settled down and adopted a more communal style of living centered around...More

The Fencing Master

Nick Bantock bookmarks "The Fencing Master" by Arturo Perez-Reverte.More

Glitched woman

Siri Hustvedt on developing voices on new platforms, all while coping with old-fashioned sexism. More

Rewind

Blogger Mark Manson on embracing our negativity as a means of consciously choosing what we really care about.More

Playing a video game

After suffering a terrible concussion, game designer Jane McGonigal created a game to help her feel better. In the years since, it's helped nearly half a million other people overcome depression, anxiety and other mood disorders.More

Kafka was the Rage

Jonathan Lethem bookmarks "Kafka Was the Rage" by Anatole Broyard....More

Giant inflatable rat in front of Wells Fargo

Maybe shame – painful as it is – has some value. Maybe it’s not just an emotion, but a social tool. Jennifer Jacquet thinks that there’s an upside to shame. More

Confessions of a Mask

Writer Brendan Koerner reviews Yukio Mishima's classic novel, "Confessions of a Mask."More

Piles and piles of books

With her decision to step down as the chief book critic for the New York Times, Michiko Kakutani sent the book world reeling. In this piece from our archive, authors reflect on the impact of the NYT's' infamous head book critic.More

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