Sad Music Causes Happy Thoughts

By Soli Salgado

A new study reveals uplifting emotional reactions when one listens to slow, sad music.

The Forgotten Perks of Reading Fiction

By Soli Salgado

Allowing yourself to become totally engrossed in literature has many psychological benefits. It’s time to skip skimming and head for immersion.

Finalists for the 2014 National Book Award Announced

By Soli Salgado

Here are the contenders on the short list for the 2014 National Book Award.

Short Horror Story: "An Inhabitant of Carcosa"

By Ambrose Bierce

Subtle unease builds in this short horror story by Ambrose Bierce about the great and ancient city of Carcosa.


Politics of Land Use and Art in the American West

By Lucy R. Lippard

A journey into gravel pits, archaeology and land use through an art frame.

Our Fascination With Vampire Stories

By Margot Adler

Vampire stories allow us to explore issues of mortality.

William Basinski and the Music of 9/11

by Christian Williams

There has been a lot of music inspired by or associated with the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, but perhaps none is as poignant or thought-provoking as William Basinski’s The Disintegration Loops.

Gender Studies, Masculinity and Television

By Amanda D. Lotz

Why gender studies should examine male television characters like Archie Bunker and Tony Soprano more closely.