Authenticity in Fashion

Richard Thompson Ford

Concern with authenticity seems to be unique to societies marked by conspicuous racial or ethnic hierarchies.


B.D. McClay

Every critique of self-care is true. Unfortunately, you still have to take care of yourself.

Awareness Daze

Phoebe Maltz Bovy

Awareness is not the opposite of ignorance. Rather, it’s a stand-in for performative gestures of all kinds.

Anything But True Love

Talbot Brewer

Is love so discrete and impregnable that it can subsist in the midst of the most repellent undertakings?

Current Issue Current Issue: Authenticity


Examining the evolution, uses, and effects of the distinctly modern cultural ideal of authenticity.

Of Continuing Interest

A selection of articles from the archives

Desperately Seeking Mothman

Tara Isabella Burton

At their core, cryptids represent the triumph of the particular over the generic.

The Relatability Paradox

Phoebe Maltz Bovy

What could be more relatable than for your work life and private life to have merged into one?

The University, the Market, and Professors

Ethan Schrum

One of the most frequent concerns is that people no longer see the university and its knowledge and degrees as a public good.

Making Sense of Cosmopolitanism

Joshua J. Yates

Cosmopolitanism commits you to a global conversation, or a set of global conversations, about the things that matter.