Why Homer matters

Why Homer matters. Readers join a chain of inspiration that spans the history of Western culture. At the start was the poet’s Muse herself …
Why Homer matters. Readers join a chain of inspiration that spans the history of Western culture. At the start was the poet’s Muse herself … [More]

God and Terry Eagleton

Christian in his moral vernacular, Catholic in his sensibility, Marxist in his political intelligence: Terry Eagleton is one odd intellectual…
Christian in his moral vernacular, Catholic in his sensibility, Marxist in his political intelligence: Terry Eagleton is one odd intellectual… [More]

Why we need fairy tales

In fairy tales, family members are murderers while animals are saviors. These doses of amorality and anarchy are desperately needed…
In fairy tales, family members are murderers while animals are saviors. These doses of amorality and anarchy are desperately needed… [More]

On James Laughlin

Witty, handsome, James “J” Laughlin was hard to resist. But the publisher, poet, and anthologist, founder of New Directions, was deeply flawed…
Witty, handsome, James “J” Laughlin was hard to resist. But the publisher, poet, and anthologist, founder of New Directions, was deeply flawed… [More]

Defending Leo Strauss

What makes Leo Strauss so compelling? His detractors, mostly, and their eagerness to discover the sinister roots of conservative ideas…
What makes Leo Strauss so compelling? His detractors, mostly, and their eagerness to discover the sinister roots of conservative ideas… [More]

On Seamus Heaney

Seamus Heaney disdained the righteous, the politically certain, the morally overbearing. He was committed to complication…
Seamus Heaney disdained the righteous, the politically certain, the morally overbearing. He was committed to complication… [More]

Life of Le Corbusier

Le Corbusier, the original starchitect, is blamed for modernism’s ills. Much of the vitriol, if not all of it, is deserved…
Le Corbusier, the original starchitect, is blamed for modernism’s ills. Much of the vitriol, if not all of it, is deserved… [More]

Dog in the Dickensian Imagination

Dickens and his dogs. Timber, Turk, and Sultan were “the terror of the neighbourhood,” the author boasted. Then he shot Sultan…
Dickens and his dogs. Timber, Turk, and Sultan were “the terror of the neighbourhood,” the author boasted. Then he shot Sultan… [More]

French Obsession With National Suicide

The French are prickly about criticism – who isn’t, really? But when it comes to French-bashing, no one does it better than the French…
The French are prickly about criticism – who isn’t, really? But when it comes to French-bashing, no one does it better than the French… [More]

Art of rewriting

“I can’t teach someone to write,” says John Casey, “but I can sometimes teach someone to rewrite.” What he can teach them is craft…
“I can’t teach someone to write,” says John Casey, “but I can sometimes teach someone to rewrite.” What he can teach them is craft… [More]