03.21.2016

Thanks to new software, soon all essays on literature will be researched, written, and read by computers. Then the rest of us can finally return to watching cat videos.

09.06.2015

The whimsical continuation of Wittgenstein's classic treatise. 

06.30.2012

Is there anyone else out there who wonders what’s going on with copy-editing? Or should I say copyediting?

11.14.2011

For a long time I used to go to bed with a book by Freud.

05.18.2011

I was blithely aldaily-surfing the other day, minding my own business, when a review article in The Nation put an abrupt end to my happy cyber-foraging.

10.14.2010

The President of SUNY Albany has just decided to close its programs in French, Italian, Classics, Russian, and Drama.  Here’s a great idea: let’s tell him he did the right thing!

10.02.2010

My friend works in the world’s weirdest building. It’s all made of grass, it has no walls or ceiling, and it’s full of people making financial transactions.

09.18.2010

I can prove Paris belongs to me!  And that all fruits are bananas!  Follow me to find out how.

08.26.2010

Want some writer to have said something, but having trouble finding it in her texts?  Not a problem!  Just add a dash of oudelogistics.

07.08.2010

If you help your team win a match by deliberately breaking the rules, as Luis Suárez did last week, are you a hero or a cheat? I think a cheat, but let me say why.

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Joshua Landy

Joshua Landy is the Andrew B. Hammond Professor of French and Professor of Comparative Literature at Stanford University, where he co-directs the Initiative in Philosophy and Literature. His books include Philosophy as Fiction: Self, Deception, and Knowledge in Proust (Oxford, 2004), How to Do Things With Fictions (Oxford, 2012), and (as coeditor) The Re-Enchantment of the World: Secular Magic in a Rational Age (Stanford, 2009).