Mark Lilla

Mark Lilla is Professor of Humanities at Columbia. His new book, The Shipwrecked Mind: Intellectuals in History, will be published in 2016.

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  • France: The Ground Shifts

    January 14, 2015

    In Paris after the attacks, the shock is that things are far worse than anyone had feared.

  • Tyrant of the Commune

    August 7, 2013

    Paul-Julien Robert is an angry young man. And he has every right to be. Robert was born in 1979 to a young Swiss woman living in Friedrichshof, a famous, and later infamous, Austrian commune that was once the largest in Europe.

  • Filippic

    September 16, 2011

    The F train
    Is the brain train.

  • The Nation We Have, Not the Nation We Wish For

    November 4, 2010

    The reaction of the Republicans and Democrats to Tuesday’s historic election was a study in contrasts.

  • French Strikers & the Tea Party: Mark Lilla Responds

    October 23, 2010

    Those who responded so strongly to my post obviously spent more energy objecting to its title (not mine, by the way) than thinking about the modest comparison I made between the Lyon protests and the Tea Party protests. They are similar in only two, but to me important, respects.

  • Tea Party à la française

    October 20, 2010

    It’s strike season in France. Nearly every year around this time you begin to hear the whistles and drums and the loudspeakers bleating out the chants: “On va gagner, on va gagner! OUAAI!!! OUAAI!!!” In a country obsessed with the loss of national memory and shared experience, the annual strikes are, along with the Tour de France, one remaining public ritual reminding the French that they are French—not “European,” not workers of the world united, but French.

  • One Set of Shoulders: China's Hidden Revolution

    August 24, 2010

    There is little prospect of China becoming a one-child nation, but the traditional Chinese family—an extended web of relatives with a hierarchy of moral obligations—is no longer the norm.

  • André Breton: The Glass House

    September 20, 2014 — December 29, 2014

    The largest exposition devoted to the father of surrealism André Breton in many years has just opened at the Musée de Cahors in Southern France.