When the world’s Jews gather to celebrate Passover this Wednesday night, our seder tables will be uncannily private, small gatherings reduced from the scale of family to that of individual households
Author: J.L. Wall
Don’t let the fact that these aren’t your institutions convince you to look away from the scandal. The only way to recognize them at home is to see them plain from a distance.
How Christopher Beha’s satire of celebrity culture creates space for the human in technology’s panopticon
Remembering and reading Philip Roth in 2018.
The parishes around Baton Rouge are underwater from a thousand-year rain and the flooding that’s followed.
The late Elie Wiesel spent his life telling stories — just not the kind he’s known for.
In her essays, the award-winning novelist examines the significance, past, present, and future, of America’s missing Religious Left.
Slavery, like the past, isn’t past. It ain’t even dead yet.
A poem for Paris.
What do anthologies do to the experience of reading poetry? And what makes a poem a poem, anyway?
J.L. Wall explores the duality of Atticus Finch as portrayed in both the newly-released Go Set A Watchman and the classic To Kill A Mockingbird.
The Paris Review endorses Maddie Crum’s “One Perfect Book for Every Single Myers-Briggs Type.” Like all Myers-Briggs related lists, it’s at once silly, entertaining, and at least partially true. Mine:
How the rise of “Amazon Art” and CSAs for local artists extends earlier business models—and how each needs the other to succeed.
“Mad Men” isn’t stagnating — it’s rejecting easy character arcs.
If you need to laugh this morning, Alan Jacobs has you taken care of with his graphic novel adaptation of Ikea instructions.
On July 3, the New York Times announced its possession of “VERY IMPORTANT NEWS: Further Particulars of the Battle Near Gettysburg on Wednesday.” The item that follows isn’t what the reader of a contemporary...
At the beginning of July, 1863, Union newspapers were abuzz with reports of Lee’s invasion. Headlines in the New York Times fell under the bold-print category “REBEL INVASION”: “Important Intelligence Regarding the Movements of...
Ta-Nehisi Coates takes the time to respond, with historical data, to the those who would claim the Civil War could have been avoided through a program of compensated emancipation. He’s certainly right that this...
I wish I could offer a fuller response to the post Christopher’s “Sunday Morning Atheism.” He raised, powerfully and cogently, some of the issues that do—or should—plague any believer. Sincerity in a religious endeavor...
Several months ago, Rod Dreher, responding to several commenters on his blog, wondered whether a decline of Christianity in the West will lead to an atheistic society or a pagan one. There are, to...