Some thoughts on “Confessions of an Opium-Eater,” death, and living history.
If Father and Son (1907) is a “document,” a “record” of fact, and a “diagnosis” of a cultural moment—which is how the poet and critic Edmund Gosse (1849-1928) puts it at the outset of his auto/biography—that is not because of its pretensions to scientific objectivity, its implied invocation of a naturalist’s standard of normalcy, or …
On history, human nature, and The Matrix.
On Kierkegaard’s “Fear and Trembling.”
A review of “The Evangelicals: The Struggle to Shape America” (2017), by Frances Fitzgerald.
On Hegel, history, and art.
On Trump and historical analogies.
On Job and historical comparisons.
An essay on books, reality, and life.
A review of “Why Study the Past?” by Rowan Williams.