Reading Arendt Is Not Enough
Trump’s victory was for many people a shock moment. It dramatized how close we have moved toward the return of totalitarianism, so we grabbed books by revered humanist writers from the 1940s and 1950s, telling us how to resist. The writings of George Orwell and Arthur Koestler, but above all, the work of the German-born political philosopher Hannah Arendt gained huge popularity.
May 2, 2019
The Torments of Spring
I’m dreading the arrival of spring. It’s not that I prefer winter. But there’s something about spring that gives me pause. “You mention spring’s delaying—I blamed her for the opposite,” Emily Dickinson wrote, in May 1866. “I would eat evanescence slowly.” That’s me in a nutshell.
March 7, 2019