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The Meaning of "The Meaning of Christmas"

“Isn’t there anyone who knows what Christmas is all about?” Sure, Charlie Brown, I can tell you. But the answer requires a little textual analysis. Where does Christmas come from, if not books?

Will Neuroscience Kill the Novel?

All fiction has, at its heart, the enigma of character. What happens if science co-opts this question?

"Behold, It Is Written": The King James Bible at 400

Like the Beatles discography or the screenplay for Casablanca, the King James Bible is a rare instance of true collaborative genius.

Why You, Yes You, Should Read "Moby-Dick"

I’m going to be frank with you: parts of the book are an exhausting experience. “Boring” is the wrong word, but this is not a “fun” classic nineteenth-century American novel. This is a feat of endurance, captain.

Is Time Travel Just a Literary Fantasy?

Einstein “finally concluded that time travel might be inherent in his equations,” but dismissed the notion “on physical grounds."