"What I Saw Was a High, Gorgeous Pile of Figs"
August 30, 2013
The futility of one’s thoughts is no reason not to think them.
A Cop Out in the Shape of a Cruise Missile
August 27, 2013
The trouble with complexity in Syria
'Its Name Is Fascism'
August 15, 2013
Cairo is no longer the capital of Arab hope. It is now the capital of Arab despair.
Oprah Lied at Harvard
August 09, 2013
Oprah's privileged optimism does not change the fact the failure exists.
No, Science Doesn't Have All the Answers
August 07, 2013
Kibbitzing with Leon Wieseltier on scientism, threats to the humanities, and the highbrow/lowbrow wars.
Which City Has the Most Status Anxiety?
July 26, 2013
An irregular video-interview series with New Republic Literary Editor Leon Wieseltier
Egypt's Pathetic Liberals
July 18, 2013
History's first cool coup is a disaster for liberalism in Egypt.
The American Left Turns Away from Syria's Agony
June 14, 2013
"Stay out of Syria!” screams the cover of The New York Review of Books. It would have been graphically cumbersome, I guess, or bad for newsstand sales, to have printed it this way: “Ignore the Murder of a Hundred Thousand People and the Massacre of Children and the Use of Chemical Weapons and the Bombing of a Civilian Population by Its Government and Millions of Displaced Persons Outside Syria and Millions of Displaced Persons Inside Syria and the Destabilization of Turkey, Lebanon, and Jordan and the Aggression of Hezbollah and the Ascendancy of Iran!”
Idealism and Blindness
June 10, 2013
Many years ago, as I was leafing through a book in which I had no interest, I found one of the saddest stories in the world.
"Perhaps Culture is Now the Counterculture"
May 28, 2013
On May 19, New Republic literary editor Leon Wieseltier spoke at the commencement ceremony of Brandeis University, addressing the graduates as "fellow humanists." Here is a text of his talk.