Kill the Creature

The mutilations make us who we are, says Christian Wiman. “My father is a man in whom life thrives as a form of death. There is a cancerous élan to him, a mind of maggots”…
The mutilations make us who we are, says Christian Wiman. “My father is a man in whom life thrives as a form of death. There is a cancerous élan to him, a mind of maggots”… [More]

In bed with Tchaikovsky

“Who made the genius gay?” How did Tchaikovsky’s sexuality become a cause célèbre and the key to understanding his art? It isn’t…
“Who made the genius gay?” How did Tchaikovsky’s sexuality become a cause célèbre and the key to understanding his art? It isn’t… [More]

From Parent to Parenting

Fashions in parenthood. You can no longer be merely a parent; you must be parenting. The former is a role, the latter a job – and evidence of a problem…
Fashions in parenthood. You can no longer be merely a parent; you must be parenting. The former is a role, the latter a job – and evidence of a problem… [More]

Julian Barnes on art

Oh, the glory of being a budding modernist in 1964. Picasso, Eliot, Pound, and Stravinsky were still alive. For Julian Barnes, their examples would inform a lifetime of looking…
Oh, the glory of being a budding modernist in 1964. Picasso, Eliot, Pound, and Stravinsky were still alive. For Julian Barnes, their examples would inform a lifetime of looking… [More]

Moral of Caesar

The assassination of Julius Caesar failed in its stated purpose, to end tyranny. “The world without Caesar was still a world about Caesar”…
The assassination of Julius Caesar failed in its stated purpose, to end tyranny. “The world without Caesar was still a world about Caesar”… [More]

Charlie Hebdo affair

To know where you stand on PEN and Charlie Hebdo, you have to make a judgment about Charlie Hebdo’s humor. You have to understand French culture…
To know where you stand on PEN and Charlie Hebdo, you have to make a judgment about Charlie Hebdo’s humor. You have to understand French culture… [More]

Dawkins’s vision of “life”

“The separation between doing science and popularizing science has been overdone,” says Richard Dawkins. To explain an idea to others, he must first explain it to himself…
“The separation between doing science and popularizing science has been overdone,” says Richard Dawkins. To explain an idea to others, he must first explain it to himself… [More]

Madness and Meaning

Even in an age of science, we cannot escape lunacy’s long history of frippery and superstition…
Even in an age of science, we cannot escape lunacy’s long history of frippery and superstition… [More]

Neoconservative Counterrevolution

The culture wars burned bright for decades, clarifying, stultifying, exhausting. Blame New Left and neoconservatives alike…
The culture wars burned bright for decades, clarifying, stultifying, exhausting. Blame New Left and neoconservatives alike… [More]

On Anthony Trollope

Want to understand why e-mail is dangerous, why professional politicians hate “principled” stands, why gossip is the stuff of human existence? Read Trollope…
Want to understand why e-mail is dangerous, why professional politicians hate “principled” stands, why gossip is the stuff of human existence? Read Trollope… [More]