The Death of Hockey, the Economics of Religion, and Chinese Cities

For nearly fifty years, writers have been announcing the decline or death of hockey. But the sport is still…
Micah Mattix November 21, 2019

Aristotle and Modern Science, the “Magnificent” Booth Tarkington, and Dog Portraits

It’s the 40th anniversary of Williams S. Burroughs’s Blade Runner—yes, Burroughs’s—and it has been brought back into print by…
Micah Mattix November 20, 2019

Those “Vexed and Troubled” Puritans, the Poem Auden Hated, and Bulgarian Folk Music

There are those, Nicola Gardini writes, “who maintain that Latin does in fact have a purpose. Latin, according to…
Micah Mattix November 19, 2019

The New Censorship, Confessions of a Former Psychic, and Sontag the “Savant-Idiot”

Good morning. First up, British police thwart an attempted robbery of two Rembrandts in London: “One or more intruders…
Micah Mattix November 18, 2019

The VIDA Count, a Survey of Neorealism, and Abbey Road at 50

The VIDA (Bean) Count is out. Longtime readers will know that I think VIDA is silly. Simply adding up…
Micah Mattix November 15, 2019

Classics for the Working Class, the Women of the Italian Resistance, and the Problem with TikTok

Classics for the working class: In 19th-century Britain, the classics were associated with the upper class, and rightly so.…
Micah Mattix November 14, 2019

The 21st-Century Will Be Monitored, and More

“All art is political,” Lin-Manuel Miranda tells us in the latest issue of The Atlantic. “In tense, fractious times—like…
Micah Mattix November 13, 2019

21st-Century Witchcraft, Ibsen’s Tragedies, and Nabokov on the Tube

Vladimir Nabokov didn’t like television. So how did Bernard Pivot get him to accept an invitation to be interviewed…
Micah Mattix November 12, 2019