On Edward Thomas

By 1914, Edward Thomas had written 20 books and 1,900 reviews – one every three days for 14 years. Some of it was the finest criticism of his generation…
By 1914, Edward Thomas had written 20 books and 1,900 reviews – one every three days for 14 years. Some of it was the finest criticism of his generation… [More]

Werner Herzog’s memoir

Dreaming on foot. In the fall of 1974, Werner Herzog set off on a 600-mile walk from Munich to Paris. “I wanted to be alone with myself”…
Dreaming on foot. In the fall of 1974, Werner Herzog set off on a 600-mile walk from Munich to Paris. “I wanted to be alone with myself”… [More]

American Berserk

Temptation of terrorism. In 1972, America endured 1,900 domestic bombings. Why did the New Left splinter into cults for zealots?…
Temptation of terrorism. In 1972, America endured 1,900 domestic bombings. Why did the New Left splinter into cults for zealots?… [More]

Violence and religion

Piety and politics. Karen Armstrong’s attempt to exonerate religion as a cause of violence is as wrongheaded as blaming religion for the world’s ills. ..
Piety and politics. Karen Armstrong’s attempt to exonerate religion as a cause of violence is as wrongheaded as blaming religion for the world’s ills. .. [More]

The Happiness Industry

Mood-tracking apps, chief happiness officers, positive psychology: When did being miserable become socially unacceptable?…
Mood-tracking apps, chief happiness officers, positive psychology: When did being miserable become socially unacceptable?… [More]

Love Songs, RIP

Does the rise of hip-hop mean the end of the love song? Yes, says Terry Teachout. Rap is loveless music for a post-marital world…
Does the rise of hip-hop mean the end of the love song? Yes, says Terry Teachout. Rap is loveless music for a post-marital world… [More]

On romantic love

Is love a choice? Philosophers, psychologists, and neuroscientists think it’s an involuntary phenomenon. Clancy Martin thinks they’re wrong…
Is love a choice? Philosophers, psychologists, and neuroscientists think it’s an involuntary phenomenon. Clancy Martin thinks they’re wrong… [More]

On Lewis Carroll

The Alice brouhaha. Lewis Carroll cherished, amused, and cultivated young girls. Innocent or not, it makes for uncomfortable reading…
The Alice brouhaha. Lewis Carroll cherished, amused, and cultivated young girls. Innocent or not, it makes for uncomfortable reading… [More]

How powerful was the Kaiser?

Talking, arguing, shouting, preaching, threatening: Wilhelm II, the last kaiser, “was like a Tourette’s tic at the heart of the state”…
Talking, arguing, shouting, preaching, threatening: Wilhelm II, the last kaiser, “was like a Tourette’s tic at the heart of the state”… [More]

History of psychoanalysis

On a November evening in 1977, Barbara Taylor, a Ph.D. student, had an epiphany. By 1981 she’d written a dissertation. And gone crazy…
On a November evening in 1977, Barbara Taylor, a Ph.D. student, had an epiphany. By 1981 she’d written a dissertation. And gone crazy… [More]