Shakespeare Was an Epicurean
July 11, 2014
Tracing the Bard’s debt to the French essayist Michel de Montaigne.
Yasser Arafat to Join a Long, Strange List of Famous Exhumations
November 26, 2012
Yasser Arafat is being exhumed Tuesday. Join the club.
July 08, 2010
I'm heading out on a family vacation for a few days. I'll return Tuesday morning. If you see my byline here before then, something has probably gone very wrong. In the meantime, my colleagues John Judis, Noam Scheiber, Michelle Cottle, Isaac Chotiner, Seyward Darby, James Downie, and possibly others -- I think that's everybody who doesn't have their own blog already -- will be pitching in a bit. And who knows who else will show up to guest post? Maybe Michael Lewis! Or Jon Stewart! Or William Shakespeare! I can't say for sure. So keep clicking on that link.
Freedoms and Feelings
April 07, 2003
I. The Passions of Andrew Jackson by Andrew Burstein (Alfred A. Knopf, 292 pp., $25) Early in 1834, at the height of his war with the Second Bank of the United States, President Andrew Jackson received at the White House several deputations of businessmen, who pleaded with him to change course. Believing that the Bank was an unrepublican, unaccountable monopoly, Jackson had vetoed its federal recharter and ordered the government's deposits in it removed.
On Films: Examined Lives
February 25, 2002
The Italian film-maker Nanni Moretti has had a schismatic career. Almost unknown in America, he is a critical and public darling in Europe, a winner of festival prizes. Because he writes and directs and stars in his films and because his roles are generally quiet and thoughtful, and sometimes thoughtfully comic, he has been compared to Woody Allen. (No physical resemblance: Moretti is tall, slim, bearded, good-looking.) This is to compare George Gershwin with Stephen Sondheim simply because each wrote smart songs about contemporary life.
Mr. Williams' Shakespeare
May 19, 1941
Mr. Shakespeare of the GlobeBy Frayne Williams New York: E. P. Dutton and Company. 596 pages. $5. The biographical part of this book will not disappoint the imaginary not-too-bright giant for whom blurbs are fattened and human interest lavishly spread. Surely, there must be something very attractive in the illusion Mr. Frayne Williams tries hard to keep up, namely, that environment can be made to influence a poet once it is neatly deduced from his works. "No poet," he says, "can be comprehended without estimating his attitude toward marriage." How very true!