When a Fundamentalist Finds Philosophy

I had grown up a Christian fundamentalist who generally had the world figured out by the time I was a teen and had my eyes firmly set on full time ministry. I took a required intro to philosophy class during my senior year at an ultra-conservative Baptist college by a professor who was not so conservative (and not so Baptist it turns out). I would never be the same.
I had grown up a Christian fundamentalist who generally had the world figured out by the time I was a teen and had my eyes firmly set on full time ministry. I took a required intro to philosophy class during my senior year at an ultra-conservative Baptist college by a professor who was not so conservative (and not so Baptist it turns out). I would never be the same. [More]

Music and metaphysics: HowTheLightGetsIn 2015

How The Light Gets In (named, aptly, in honour of a Leonard Cohen song) has taken the festival world by storm with its yearly celebration of philosophy and music. We spoke to founder and festival
How The Light Gets In (named, aptly, in honour of a Leonard Cohen song) has taken the festival world by storm with its yearly celebration of philosophy and music. We spoke to founder and festival [More]

Mind of Poetry

The anti-aphorism, a seemingly wise but ultimately meaning-resistant turn of phrase, is a literary staple. It is also the stuff of great poetry…
The anti-aphorism, a seemingly wise but ultimately meaning-resistant turn of phrase, is a literary staple. It is also the stuff of great poetry… [More]

Poetry’s consolations

The consolations of poetry are not benign illusion or false hope. Poetry is equipment for living, an education in reconciling ourselves to our fates…
The consolations of poetry are not benign illusion or false hope. Poetry is equipment for living, an education in reconciling ourselves to our fates… [More]

Poetry and truth

We don’t look to poems for factual truths. Poetry is truest when it attends to something beyond facts: the education of our emotions…
We don’t look to poems for factual truths. Poetry is truest when it attends to something beyond facts: the education of our emotions… [More]

Auden and politics

In the 1930s, Auden got involved in the Spanish Civil War. It didn’t go well, and he retreated to his poetry. Why? “Poetry makes nothing happen”…
In the 1930s, Auden got involved in the Spanish Civil War. It didn’t go well, and he retreated to his poetry. Why? “Poetry makes nothing happen”… [More]

In love with poetry

When the times are brutal and the news is all lies, great poets experience our loneliness for us. Andrew O’Hagan explains…
When the times are brutal and the news is all lies, great poets experience our loneliness for us. Andrew O’Hagan explains… [More]

Therapeutic effects of poetry

A poem can amuse, disconcert, enlighten, or reassure in moments of crisis. But can a poem be medicine?…
A poem can amuse, disconcert, enlighten, or reassure in moments of crisis. But can a poem be medicine?… [More]

Orality, Literacy, and the Memorized Poem

Long considered calisthenics for the brain, memorizing poetry was once an educational mainstay. What did that mean for poetry?…
Long considered calisthenics for the brain, memorizing poetry was once an educational mainstay. What did that mean for poetry?… [More]

Writing class

Poetry and privilege. Poets inhabit a culture of exclusivity, driven by MFA programs and the AWP conference. What is it doing to art?…
Poetry and privilege. Poets inhabit a culture of exclusivity, driven by MFA programs and the AWP conference. What is it doing to art?… [More]