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July 29, 2016
What Breeds in ‘Standing Water’
Eleanor Chai’s poems require delving below the surface of each compact, enjambment-packed stanza, forcing the reader through a process of discovery not unlike Chai’s own origin story.
July 15, 2016
Out of Sight, Top of Mind
A new book conveys the powerful role photography plays in sports. But the photographers are still something of a mystery.
Ian F. Blair
July 7, 2016
The Insufficiency of Pan-Africanism as We Know It
The fact that many people identify, however loosely, with being African doesn’t replace the need for the services that only a government can provide.
December 4, 2015
December 4, 1975: Hannah Arendt Dies
“Man is basically alone with his ‘revolt’ and ‘clairvoyance,’ that is, with his reasoning.”
September 12, 2015
September 12, 1880: H.L. Mencken Is Born
“What ails liberalism, as a practical scheme of reform, is its naive and irrational belief in law, a superstition that has cursed the human race long enough.”
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July 15, 2015
July 15, 1919: Iris Murdoch Is Born
“She is a sophisticated philosopher, and it is her evident aim to put us back in intimate touch with our own being.”
April 14, 2015
Liberalism as a Fighting Faith
Larry Sidentop re-imagines the origins of liberalism.
March 23, 2015
What Is This New Philosophy They Call ‘Existentialism’?
It would be a cheap error to mistake this new trend in philosophy and literature for just another fashion of the day.
December 23, 2014
Liberalism Doesn’t Start With Liberty
In Edmund Fawcett’s new history, liberalism begins with capitalism and revolution.
May 20, 2010
Garbage and Gravitas
Ayn Rand was a melodramatist of the moral life: the battle is between the producer and the moochers, and it must end in life or death.