The Twee tribe

The twee sensibility – think ukuleles and Wes Anderson – claims to celebrate beauty and goodness. Don’t be fooled…
The twee sensibility – think ukuleles and Wes Anderson – claims to celebrate beauty and goodness. Don’t be fooled… [More]

Review of Zizek

Few things are less funny than a book about humor. A joke explained is a joke failed. Especially if the explainer is Slavoj Žižek…
Few things are less funny than a book about humor. A joke explained is a joke failed. Especially if the explainer is Slavoj Žižek… [More]

David Lodge memoirs

The campus novel has much to draw on: comedy, sex, self-importance. For David Lodge, academe is a target for satire but also a source of social mobility…
The campus novel has much to draw on: comedy, sex, self-importance. For David Lodge, academe is a target for satire but also a source of social mobility… [More]

New atheism

When “New Atheism” becomes “nice atheism.” Philip Kitcher’s soft secular humanism enters the God debate…
When “New Atheism” becomes “nice atheism.” Philip Kitcher’s soft secular humanism enters the God debate… [More]

Hair removal

Most animals that possess hair depend on it. Only humans seek to remove it, using increasingly strange and impressive methods…
Most animals that possess hair depend on it. Only humans seek to remove it, using increasingly strange and impressive methods… [More]

How letters tell stories

The alphabet is an arrangement of convenience – maybe a temporary one. Letters are born, grow, fight, change, or die…
The alphabet is an arrangement of convenience – maybe a temporary one. Letters are born, grow, fight, change, or die… [More]

Essays on history

Academic historians condemn the past to somehow reform the present. The tendency isn’t new, says Gordon Wood. But it’s getting worse…
Academic historians condemn the past to somehow reform the present. The tendency isn’t new, says Gordon Wood. But it’s getting worse… [More]

Curvology

“This is a book about the female body and why it has turned out to be the strangest thing in existence.” Strange? To whom?…
“This is a book about the female body and why it has turned out to be the strangest thing in existence.” Strange? To whom?… [More]

On Tony Judt

Tony Judt made his name exposing the mendacious follies of public intellectuals. Then he became one…
Tony Judt made his name exposing the mendacious follies of public intellectuals. Then he became one… [More]

Young T.S. Eliot

Eliot in love. The poet’s first wife called him “Wonkypenky”: not a term of endearment. Sexual difficulties weren’t the worst of it…
Eliot in love. The poet’s first wife called him “Wonkypenky”: not a term of endearment. Sexual difficulties weren’t the worst of it… [More]