Jack London’s thousand words a day

Fifty books, 200 short stories, 400 nonfiction pieces: Not drink, jail, or fatherhood kept Jack London from grinding out 1,000 words a day…
Fifty books, 200 short stories, 400 nonfiction pieces: Not drink, jail, or fatherhood kept Jack London from grinding out 1,000 words a day… [More]

Hugh Trevor-Roper’s letters

Whether mocking donnish folly or remarking on the weather, the letters of Hugh Trevor-Roper were full of wit, whimsy, and indiscretion…
Whether mocking donnish folly or remarking on the weather, the letters of Hugh Trevor-Roper were full of wit, whimsy, and indiscretion… [More]

Life of Marianne Moore

Marianne Moore’s view of poetry was that it ought to be clear and simple, but her own verse – and her life – was anything but…
Marianne Moore’s view of poetry was that it ought to be clear and simple, but her own verse – and her life – was anything but… [More]

History of Oxford University Press

“Being published by Oxford Press is like being married to a duchess: the honor is almost greater than the pleasure”…
“Being published by Oxford Press is like being married to a duchess: the honor is almost greater than the pleasure”… [More]

Pleasure and modernism

Reading difficult writing. Ulysses and Tender Buttons can be slogs, but modernist writers didn’t deny readerly pleasure. They redefined it…
Reading difficult writing. Ulysses and Tender Buttons can be slogs, but modernist writers didn’t deny readerly pleasure. They redefined it… [More]

On slow reading

Ours is a hurried age, says Leah Price. Take time to read slowly. But remember: Beauty can be found online, and banality can lurk between covers…
Ours is a hurried age, says Leah Price. Take time to read slowly. But remember: Beauty can be found online, and banality can lurk between covers… [More]

Understanding Walter Benjamin

In death Walter Benjamin is a victim. In life he was cruel, thoughtless, greedy, vain, and, according to his widow, an intellectual fraud…
In death Walter Benjamin is a victim. In life he was cruel, thoughtless, greedy, vain, and, according to his widow, an intellectual fraud… [More]

Philosophy and ecology

“One of the things that modern society has damaged has been thinking,” says Timothy Morton. “One of the damaged ideas is that of nature itself”…
“One of the things that modern society has damaged has been thinking,” says Timothy Morton. “One of the damaged ideas is that of nature itself”… [More]

Shostakovich and Leningrad

Siege and symphony. In 1942, Leningraders attended concerts by emaciated musicians in freezing halls. It was a time of terrible beauty…
Siege and symphony. In 1942, Leningraders attended concerts by emaciated musicians in freezing halls. It was a time of terrible beauty… [More]

Death and the afterlife

We are doomed. Whether by sudden asteroid or failing ozone, humanity will come to an end. But don’t despair! Life is not a Ponzi scheme…
We are doomed. Whether by sudden asteroid or failing ozone, humanity will come to an end. But don’t despair! Life is not a Ponzi scheme… [More]