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Jim Holt

September 5, 2011 |

Timing was everything.

December 22, 2008 |
56. Because New York Has Become a World Capital of Philosophy

Philosophy would seem little suited to New York. It promises to yield only enlightenment, which can’t be traded on Wall Street or Twittered from Williamsburg.

July 17, 2006 | Feature
Read and Approved: Eclectic Beach Fare

Still looking for a summer book that isn’t 100 percent trashy? Perhaps even one that’s 100 percent non-trashy (say, on Spinoza)? Here are five new(ish) titles that we’re particularly enthused about.

November 21, 2005 | It Happened Last Week
Semisweetened Victory

Democratic Party leaders absorbed the important lesson that, in a political campaign, money trumps salsa.

November 14, 2005 | It Happened Last Week
Royal Messes

Thankfully the week provided a few nonpartisan, non-apocalyptic distractions, at least for those New Yorkers not fretting about their star rating in the Michelin guide.

November 7, 2005 | It Happened Last Week
Tears and Leaks

Despite a peculiar—but pleasant—“maple syrup” smell that enveloped lower Manhattan, the city’s attention remained fixated on leaks, reversals, and disclosures.

October 31, 2005 | It Happened Last Week
Grandmother Courage

In a relatively uneventful autumn week, there were subtle yet disquieting signs of New York’s continuing suburbanization.

October 24, 2005 | It Happened Last Week
Verbal Downpour

In a gray, sodden week, one that pushed New York toward a new record for October rainfall, the city echoed with strange linguistic innovations.

October 17, 2005 | It Happened Last Week
Hopes and Fears

Reflections on righteousness occupied the thoughts of many New Yorkers, Jew and gentile alike, as they strove to sort out complicated feelings about various public figures.

October 10, 2005 | It Happened Last Week
Hello, Dalai

Freddy Ferrer told churchgoers that “God is on my side,” an endorsement that, added to those of David Dinkins and Dennis Rivera, made for a powerful Trinity indeed.