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What Is Conservatism?

Though often mistaken for a partisan ideology, true conservatism represents a much …

Posted April 15th, 2014

McArdle’s Guide to Failing Well

Failure terrifies Americans into fragility, quite unnecessarily.

Posted April 14th, 2014

What Austen Taught Me

The great novelist’s books teach lessons in virtue alongside the romance.

Posted April 12th, 2014

Bard College Declares War on Admissions Rigmarole

I once tutored a student who could write an A+ essay, and …

Posted April 11th, 2014

The Flash Boys vs. the Market Machines

Imagine if, every time you tried to place an order on the …

Posted April 3rd, 2014

Meeting Past Selves by Reading Where You’re From

After perusing some old bookshelves and boxes, I discovered an old nature …

Posted March 29th, 2014

After I’m Gone: A Commentary on Crisis

“A therapist I know—” Rachel was careful not to say my therapist; …

Posted March 22nd, 2014

Pop Culture and the Public Library

Dividing high and pop culture seems antithetical to true diversity and inclusion.

Posted March 15th, 2014

Euthanasia, and the False Omniscience of Compassion

Mary Jo Anderson writes about the false compassion of euthanasia in Crisis …

Posted February 22nd, 2014

Of Plato and iPads: Should We Use Technology in the Classroom?

Elise Italiano fears that the push to “personalize” education through technology will, …

Posted February 14th, 2014

How Place Fosters Art

Berry’s poetic living requires love: love for land, and for people.

Posted February 1st, 2014

A Wonderful, Wilde Mess by the Shakespeare Theatre

At the beginning of Oscar Wilde’s classic “The Importance of Being Earnest,” …

Posted January 31st, 2014

A Long, Cold Lent: David Adams Richards’s Friends of Meager Fortune

A grim Canadian tale makes a polar vortex feel warm by comparison.

Posted January 22nd, 2014

Bob Gates’s Farewell Warning

To be honest, apart from scanning for tidbits on a particular topic, …

Posted January 21st, 2014

Why Mediocre Stories Matter

When considering the future of fiction, many speak somewhat disdainfully of “fan …

Posted January 21st, 2014

The Art of Reading, Fast and Slow

Many modern readers push themselves through speed-reading courses. If they haven’t time …

Posted December 31st, 2013

Becoming His Brother’s Keeper

In John Steinbeck’s novel Winter of Our Discontent, businessman Ethan Hawley is …

Posted December 23rd, 2013