Author Archives: Micah Mattix

About Micah Mattix

Micah Mattix manages and writes for Prufrock at The American Conservative and is an assistant professor of literature at Houston Baptist University. He writes regularly on poetry for The Wall Street Journal and on books and arts for The Weekly Standard, National Review, The New Criterion, The American Spectator, First Things, Books & Culture, and many other publications. Follow him on Twitter.

In Defense of Great Books

The literary canon is formed through serious criticism—not mere nostalgia.

Finding True South

Will new Southern writing avoid the trap of nostalgia?

Proust’s English Voice

Behind great literature there is often a great translator.

“Choosing Life in the Face of Death”

D.G. Myers has passed away.

Do We Really Need More Political Poetry?

Juan Vidal thinks we need more political poetry. He’s wrong.

Mind Your Metaphors

Metaphors can be both “embodied” and transcendent.

Online Education and the Future of College

Why won’t online education replace campus learning? We have bodies.

Against the Anthology

If you want to see what ails English departments, look no further than one of its most popular textbooks.

Ross Douthat on Conservatives and Art

Ross Douthat has weighed in on Adam Bellow’s piece on the need …

RAGBRAI and New Urbanism

Last week, my eldest and I took part in RAGBRAI (The Register’s …

Politics and Literature

Conservatives should reinvest in art for its own sake, not to win a culture war.

Vernon Scannell: Boxer, Bigamist, Poet

Over at The Weekly Standard, I review a biography of the British …

Religiosity and Art

Over at The Guardian, novelist Sarah Perry (After Me Comes the Flood) …

Is Rap Poetry?

The short answer is “no,” of course. To state the obvious, things …

Michon’s Miniatures

An atheist fascinated with faith, Pierre Michon is a poet who writes in prose.

“Lost” Ayn Rand Novel To Be Published

According to Yahoo, Ayn Rand’s “lost” novel Ideal, which she wrote in …

Two French Poets on God

Instead of single epigram for this weekend, here are a selection of …

The Turing Test Gimmick

The Verge reports that a chatbot called Eugene Goostman has passed the …

Bookman Summer Reading

Over at The University Bookman, a couple of folks associated with TAC …

Thin Skin at The New York Times

Last week, The New York Times Book Review posted Michael Kinsley’s negative …

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