Murder: what if there were an app for that?
A scholarly look at how literature can help us to understand the hard work of being human.
Youtube is where intellectuals should be making community outreach.
A less-than-fair review
The beauty and power of the opening passage.
Two scholars do a service for intellectual history in arguing how a distinguished thinker could have been so misguided.
How to build a book collection for pennies on the dollar.
“Didn’t anyone get out?” Jim said.
“No. They seem to have been shot.”
The late Elie Wiesel spent his life telling stories — just not the kind he’s known for.
A book written for book reviewers
Confessions of a public scribbler
Old poetry is laden with the baggage of centuries of hidden metaphor and archaic references. New poetry is prone to abstraction and whimsical laziness. But poetry deserves our consideration as an art form nonetheless. After all, all the music we love is poetry, and all the fun little things we can do with language are best done in poetic form.
How we write stories mirrors the strange and uncanny ways we make sense of our lives.
Read about cutting edge research from Harvard that both contradicts a “secular” understanding of modernity and supports an egalitarian economic vision of such.
In her essays, the award-winning novelist examines the significance, past, present, and future, of America’s missing Religious Left.
Poems. (Not mine.)
The best biography written by a CEO is not a business biography.
This is the second in a series where I read and discuss a radical book on the left or right. This time, I address a book related to radical Black organizing in Detroit in the 60s and 70s.
Slavery, like the past, isn’t past. It ain’t even dead yet.
The problem with psychology, and the seductive fallacy of “studies have shown.”
The memoir of an East L.A. barrio girl turned punk rock legend.
Biologist Jerry Coyne has managed to write what might be the worst book yet published in the New Atheist genre…
I’m super-interested in this book, just like Bill Clinton is and John Adams and Thomas Jefferson probably would have been.
Another book for kids that may also help you in your meditative practice.
My (current) favorite children’s picture books.
If you’re stuck wondering what do I get for the person who has everything (or you just want to see what we think is cool), we’re here to help!
What do you say to your young aspiring writer friend who just wrote The Sun Also Rises?
What do anthologies do to the experience of reading poetry? And what makes a poem a poem, anyway?
Oceans of water, oceans of time.
Guest Author T. Greer eulogizes the neglect of our literary heritage in contemporary rhetoric.
They are, apparently, making a Peanuts movie.
Rumors bubble that Winds of Winter will, totally, be coming out next year. Seriously.
This essay is about reading gay porn before class. And it resurrects an Ideological Outrage Of The Day from 2012. And a graphic novel. And striking out romantically. And Richard Dawkins.
I’m looking for a good book about the Nuremberg Trials…
“Grant arrived at his operational vision through perceptual speed and a ‘gift of historic imagination,’ that enabled him to ‘take in at a glance the whole field of war, to form a correct opinion of every suggested and possible…campaign, their logical order and sequence, their relative value, and the interdependence of one upon the other.'”
Picking a book at random from the “Hey check this out” list works out very well, at least this time.