Arts & Letters

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Tower Block Dystopia

In High-Rise, the initial glamour of 1970s modernism descends into decadence and violence.


Philanthropy Without Charity

To give effectively, give locally—and compassionately.

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The First Dystopia

Science fiction begins with Bulwer-Lytton’s attack on egalitarianism.

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Famous Monsters of Filmland

Tim Powers weaponizes nostalgia in a novel haunted by the past.

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David Hume, Lonely Philosopher

A new biography of the ineffable thinker cuts away his carefully crafted façade.

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In Defense of Great Books

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

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Pluralism vs. Bureaucracy

Liberty can be maintained in a diverse society without a heavy-handed administrator.

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