Lessons from Machiavelli and Guicciardini for an Unstable World Andy Owen Essay - “The world is in flux. November’s elections in the United States will speed up the pace of change. There is a danger that politicians across the West are positioning themselves to govern a world that will no longer exist by the time they come to power.” 4/13/2024
Let It Be Known Annie Finch Poetry - “On its dead claws and back, mottled and plain,/from a long beach whose gulls roost on an edge,/Inscrutable.” 4/12/2024
The Freedom to Be Religious as an Atheist Peter Clarke Op-Ed - “In other words, now that I have become an atheist, I feel free to appreciate and even dabble in various religions. To put this in terms of Waits Paradox: Once one has quit religion, he is free to be religious.” 4/12/2024
People over Place: Reviewing “The Culture Transplant” by Garett Jones Henry George Essay - “Any serious government would, therefore, develop and implement immigration policy with the utmost care. Instead, our governments are experimenting with unprecedented peacetime increases in immigration that further expand ethnic and cultural diversity.” 4/8/2024
“I ask your forgiveness; I am a mountain tiger” W. D. Ehrhart Poetry - “Why does she ask forgiveness?/For what and from whom?/Why does she call herself/a mountain tiger?” 4/5/2024
Sanctimony: A Political Vice from Which We Must Escape Nigel Lloyd Alcorn Op-Ed - “Watching this quasi-religious mentality migrate leftward and displace more rational, humanistic values has been painful.” 4/5/2024
Review: “A Web of Our Own Making: The Nature of Digital Formation” by Antón Barba-Kay Joshua Pauling Essay - “Barba-Kay’s central claim is that digital technology is categorically different from prior technologies. It is not just a matter of degree but, rather, a matter of kind.” 4/1/2024
Edgar Kunz’s “Tap Out” and “Fixer” Johnny Payne Criticism - “Edgar Kunz, the author of Tap Out and Fixer, does not refer to himself specifically as blue collar, proletarian, or working class. Well-meaning others, such as mentor Edward Hirsch, do so, referring to Tap Out as ‘gutsy, tough-minded, working-class poems of memory and initiation.'” 3/31/2024
The Jewish People Are Both Middle Eastern and European Simon Maass Essay - “Given that the Middle East used to be far more ‘Western’ and even ‘European’ than it is now, there is no cultural disconnect between ‘Western’ and ‘Middle Eastern’ Jews. Jews can be both at once.” 3/30/2024
Life Cycle of the Cabbage White Butterfly Gabriel Gbadamosi Poetry - “Examining for mixed motives the flaws/That turned their city-cousins ash-/Grey. She labels one Snow-in-Ghana,/As though she doesn’t trust her own desire.” 3/29/2024
In Defense of TikTok Joseph D. Terwilliger Essay - “Like most members of Generation X, I had never used TikTok, but when the political push to ban it intensified in 2023, I pulled out an old smartphone and installed TikTok to see what the fuss was all about.” 3/29/2024