Roth Agonistes

During his early writing years in Chicago, Philip Roth began each morning by shouting at the young face peering out from the mirror at him: “Attack! Attack!” The force of Roth’s attack, sustained for more than a half-century, is what made his retirement so startling. It is also the quality that, more than anything, sustains his Why Write?: Collected Nonfiction 1960–2013.

Camping with Honest George

Philadelphia’s Museum of the American Revolution gives visitors a sense of the personal sacrifice and frustrated aspirations of those who saw the Revolution as an opportunity to achieve personal liberty.

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Controlling the Chief
The militarization of the executive branch makes it timely to think about the experiences that have shaped the past generation of top Pentagon brass

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Damage Bigly
Other presidents have aspired to become moral leaders; Trump has become America’s chief thug.
This Land Is Our Land
Over the past two decades, most of the land used for Jewish settlements in the West Bank has been acquired on the grounds that it belongs to the state.
Zeus: The Apology
I came of agelessness just after heaven and earth were formed, when there weren’t many rules yet about behavior, since I’d hardly made any.
Bitcoin Mania
‘Blockchain Revolution: How the Technology Behind Bitcoin Is Changing Money, Business, and the World’ by Don Tapscott and Alex Tapscott

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Out of Control
After two hundred years, how exactly are we to go back to Mary Shelley’s ‘Frankenstein’ itself, as distinct from its proliferating, multimedia myth?
Super Goethe
He alarmed people as much as he charmed them, not only by his sudden flare-ups and his unpredictable antics, but by his foul language.
More Light!
In David Hockney’s work, the video and the iPad lie side by side with the canvas and photo composite, all surfaces intended to please

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Outing the Inside
Louise Bourgeois called attention to emotions that most people prefer to keep hidden: shame, disgust, fear of abandonment, jealousy, anger.

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