How did we forget William Hazlitt?

As an art critic, William Hazlitt racked up enemies. He was unsparing. But what ruined his reputation was an affair with a woman half his age…
As an art critic, William Hazlitt racked up enemies. He was unsparing. But what ruined his reputation was an affair with a woman half his age… [More]

When Georgetown Ruled

Washington has long been a chummy and vainglorious town. At its epicenter is Georgetown, a court society and literary commune…
Washington has long been a chummy and vainglorious town. At its epicenter is Georgetown, a court society and literary commune… [More]

John Gray on H.P. Lovecraft

“Bad taste and bad art,” is how Edmund Wilson dismissed H.P. Lovecraft’s novels. He wasn’t literary, which is what gave him such power as a writer…
“Bad taste and bad art,” is how Edmund Wilson dismissed H.P. Lovecraft’s novels. He wasn’t literary, which is what gave him such power as a writer… [More]

Metaphysics

[Revised entry by Peter van Inwagen and Meghan Sullivan on October 31, 2014. Changes to: Main text, Bibliography] It is not easy to say what metaphysics is. Ancient and Medieval philosophers might
[Revised entry by Peter van Inwagen and Meghan Sullivan on October 31, 2014. Changes to: Main text, Bibliography] It is not easy to say what metaphysics is. Ancient and Medieval philosophers might [More]

Pythagoreanism

[Revised entry by Carl Huffman on October 31, 2014. Changes to: Main text, Bibliography] Pythagoreanism can be defined in a number of
[Revised entry by Carl Huffman on October 31, 2014. Changes to: Main text, Bibliography] Pythagoreanism can be defined in a number of [More]

Ebola, Ethics & Safety

Kaci Hickox, a nurse from my home state of Maine, returned to the United States after serving as a health care worker in the Ebola outbreak. Rather than being greeted as a hero, she was confined to
Kaci Hickox, a nurse from my home state of Maine, returned to the United States after serving as a health care worker in the Ebola outbreak. Rather than being greeted as a hero, she was confined to [More]

Religious Pluralism and Values in the Public Sphere

2014.10.32 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Lenn E. Goodman, Religious Pluralism and Values in the Public Sphere, Cambridge University Press, 2014, 221pp., $28.99 (pbk),
2014.10.32 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Lenn E. Goodman, Religious Pluralism and Values in the Public Sphere, Cambridge University Press, 2014, 221pp., $28.99 (pbk), [More]

The Chapter: A History

Chapters: They organize our books and provide a metaphor for our lives. Where did they come from? A befuddled 15th-century scholar…
Chapters: They organize our books and provide a metaphor for our lives. Where did they come from? A befuddled 15th-century scholar… [More]

The Curse of Byron

On June 16, 1816, Byron told a group of friends, “We will each write a ghost story.• John Polidori wrote “The Vampyre.” Byron took credit…
On June 16, 1816, Byron told a group of friends, “We will each write a ghost story.• John Polidori wrote “The Vampyre.” Byron took credit… [More]

Klinghoffer at the Met

The Death of Klinghoffer is the kind of opera that incites outrage. But it is hardly agitprop. It is moving and intelligent. It is a work of art…
The Death of Klinghoffer is the kind of opera that incites outrage. But it is hardly agitprop. It is moving and intelligent. It is a work of art… [More]