George Saunders on Story

For Saunders, fiction is fundamentally moral. | Continue reading


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Bind

Recently, I paged through a friend’s copy of a just-­released bestseller in political theory. I . . . . | Continue reading


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No writer understood loneliness better than Chekhov

No writer understood loneliness better than Chekhov. People long for understanding, and try to . . . . | Continue reading


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Suicide of the Liberals

Between 1900 and 1917, waves of unprecedented terror struck Russia. Several parties professing . . . . | Continue reading


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Our Marcusan Moment

If critical theory in its demolition of the past can often degenerate into an ideological justification of ingratitude, then Marcuse was both its pioneer and its poster boy.  | Continue reading


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Strategic Long-Term Propaganda

In the opening lines of Cold Warriors, Duncan White notes that “between February and May . . . . | Continue reading


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Coronavirus Reality Check

The coronavirus pandemic is not and never was a threat to society. | Continue reading


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Peter Thiel: Back to the Future

When Boeing introduced its flagship 707 jet airliner in 1958, the power to cruise at 977 . . . . | Continue reading


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Cosmopolite Panic

“National populism-lite” is unfolding in Britain. | Continue reading


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Against Edenism (Peter Thiel, 2015)

The future will look very different from the past. The Garden of Paradise will culminate in the City . . . . | Continue reading


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The Christian Origins of Islam (2012)

Near the bottom of the pit of hell, Dante encounters a man walking with his torso split from chin to groin, his guts and other organs spilling out. “See how I tear myself!” the man shrieks. “See how Mahomet is deformed and torn!” For us, the scene is not only gruesome but surpris … | Continue reading


@firstthings.com | 1 year ago

God, Gods, and Fairies

One of the strangest claims often made by purveyors and consumers of today’s popular atheism is . . . . | Continue reading


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Crimes in Concrete

Making Dystopia:  The Strange Rise and Survival of Architectural Barbarism by james stevens . . . . | Continue reading


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You Are Old, Father William

Why are old people so invisible in our “culture”? | Continue reading


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Big Julie

James Boswell, who knew a thing or two about hero worship, called Julius Caesar “the greatest man . . . . | Continue reading


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Kurzweil’s Phantasms (2013)

How to Create a Mind: The Secret of Human Thought Revealed by Ray Kurzweil Viking, 352 pages, . . . . | Continue reading


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Taleb the Philosopher

Incerto:  Fooled by Randomness, The Black Swan, The Bed of Procrustes, Antifragile by nassim . . . . | Continue reading


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Inside Amazon

Hired: Six Months Undercover in Low-Wage Britain by james bloodworth atlantic, 288 pages, . . . . | Continue reading


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The Master's Servant: On Thomas Cromwell

Thomas Cromwell:  A Revolutionary Life by diarmaid macculloch viking, 752 pages, $40 They said . . . . | Continue reading


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Shame Storm

After a lifetime of impeccably correct opinions, Ian Buruma found himself on the wrong side of the . . . . | Continue reading


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Letter to an Aspiring Doctor

You tell me you are thinking, my dear Stephen, of medicine as a career, but you wonder whether you . . . . | Continue reading


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T.S. Eliot, Populist

What defines the essence of populism? What is it for, and what is it against? T. S. Eliot had some . . . . | Continue reading


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Card-Carrying Precadavers

It has been almost twenty years since I dissected a dead human body. It still seems strange: My . . . . | Continue reading


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The Mere Bones of Latin According to the Thought and System of Reginald

Ossa Latinitatis Sola ad Mentem Reginaldi Rationemque: The Mere Bones of Latin According to the . . . . | Continue reading


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