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Posts in category “Books”

TMZ Is the Justice of the Masses

Christopher Beha’s Arts & Entertainments, and how we create and consume stories of other people’s lives in order to feel better about our own.

Posted August 1st, 2014

The Ethics of Disability Metaphors

From the teenage romance between an amputee and an oxygen-tank user in …

Posted July 24th, 2014

Carrie White Will Never Die: “Carrie: The Musical” at the Studio Theatre

The horrific power of perverted Christianity makes this musical work.

Posted July 11th, 2014

Nixon’s The One

Pat Buchanan documents the ’68 campaign with detail and nuance.

Posted July 2nd, 2014

Reading & the “Attention War”

Focus is a difficult thing to muster these days. As David Brooks …

Posted June 14th, 2014

The Value of Young-Adult Fiction

As the movie adaptation of John Green’s young-adult fiction novel The Fault …

Posted June 9th, 2014

Why Fairytales Are Dangerous

Childhood stories are Richard Dawkins’s worst nightmare.

Posted June 7th, 2014

Before #YesAllWomen, There Was The Gift of Fear

Gavin de Becker offered empathy and understanding to women before hashtag activism ever existed.

Posted June 5th, 2014

A Journal of Poetry and Place

New Trad aims to revive an ancient poetic tradition for the modern ear.

Posted May 20th, 2014

Every Day Is Like Sunday: Rediscovering Wilfrid Sheed’s “The Hack”

A pre-Vatican II satire totally at home in our current performance culture.

Posted May 19th, 2014

Why I’m Leaving Goodreads

Social network-fueled reading becomes performance and competition, not discovery.

Posted May 3rd, 2014

Shakespeare Theatre Company’s “Henry IV”: The Story of Prince Hal

A prince sits disconsolately in a royal palace, alone—save for a stoic …

Posted April 28th, 2014

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