In his recent novel, Salman Rushdie shows how reinventing oneself is damned hard to pull off, even in New York.
The weirdest thing about forgiveness is that in the end it really isn’t about the person you’re forgiving, it’s about you.
A quick take on the young adult movie from 2017, Swallows and Amazons.
Can two people set aside their differences and under the influences of hormones and hearts, live happily ever after?
“Outlander” and The Husband Problem
Part II: To the future and beyond!
People should not read “50 Shades of Grey”. I’m taking a firm stance on that.
Part I: The publishing industry today
Everything you ever wanted to know about women, you can learn from reading “Twilight”.
To dive deeper into the implications of Mark Greif’s “Against Everything,” Roland Barthes’ “Mythologies” is required.
This is my favorite book in all the world, though I have never read it.
If you are a Dem, liberal, progressive, or a conservative who thinks Trump is awful, Rick Wilson’s “Everything Trump Touches Dies” will reinforce and harden your views. It’s shock jock entertainment in written form. But other than a fan-fiction vignette with Ivanka and a weird homo-erotic fantasy involving Trump and Sean Hannity, there is nothing new here.
How Christopher Beha’s satire of celebrity culture creates space for the human in technology’s panopticon
Everyone has that favorite book they have played out as a movie in their imagination. Mine is Red Storm Rising. If done properly it would be not only an epic piece of storytelling, but timely as well.
Remembering and reading Philip Roth in 2018.
In which an economist looks at one of the seminal science fiction works of the 20th Century.
A language is more than a listing of its words.
Parting thoughts on the former next Madame President. (Or: I listened to 16 hours of Hillary Clinton so you don’t have to.)
Is “God” a necessary component to undergird universal human rights? And if so, what kind of God best serves the purpose and how compatible is the biblical God, and/or God of the various orthodox traditions with said purpose?
Or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Revisionism
David Clarke vs the Flying Saucers!
Forest Born of the Books of Bayern series by Shannon Hale
You’ll not see nothing like the Mighty Quinn
Many scientists like to nitpick science fiction, but why should they have all the fun?
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.