Alan Jacobs

Posts in category “Literature”

Fear, Safety, and Education

What kind of teacher cares so little for students as to refuse to challenge them?

Posted November 12th, 2015

Problems of Engineering and Problems of Life

One of the key themes of the book I’m just beginning to …

Posted July 26th, 2013

Dante and His Readers

Fiona Sampson’s review of Clive James’s new translation of Dante’s Divine Comedy …

Posted July 26th, 2013

Lee Siegel, For and Against the Humanities

Even though it’s trying too hard to be counter-intuitive, I really like …

Posted July 16th, 2013

My Beef with Stoicism

If you haven’t read Rod’s post on Binx Bolling’s Aunt Emily, please …

Posted July 9th, 2013

James Agee

James Agee’s gift was not wasted, but neither was it fulfilled. He …

Posted June 13th, 2013

The Powers of Reading

  The question of whether reading makes you a better person is …

Posted June 11th, 2013

The Millman Interlocution

It’s always fun to debate with Noah Millman. So let me do …

Posted June 6th, 2013

Notes on Nomes

Rod has been discussing Terry Pratchett’s Bromeliad trilogy over at his joint, …

Posted May 27th, 2013

For the Time Being

My critical edition of W. H. Auden’s long poem For the Time …

Posted May 22nd, 2013

In Praise of Dorothy Osborne

I pause in my labors every decade or so to utter this …

Posted May 3rd, 2013

A Word of Exhortation Prompted By Yesterday’s Twitter Feed

So I kept reading things on Twitter today about what people (especially …

Posted April 30th, 2013

On Writing for Readers

I admire the impulse that drives this essay by William Germano, in …

Posted April 29th, 2013

Fantasy and History

Here’s a really fascinatingly provocative post by Adam Roberts: Tolkien’s story is …

Posted April 26th, 2013

Brian Phillips in Alaska

The web designers at Grantland have done an outstanding job with Brian …

Posted April 25th, 2013

Schools for Desire

Are children’s books today excessively consumerist? Do they reinforce materialism? Alison Flood …

Posted April 23rd, 2013

Can Literature Be Defended?

Patricia Viera writes, But if literature does not necessarily make you good …

Posted April 22nd, 2013