What “Star Wars” Taught Me about War, Liberty, and Human Nature Personal Essay - “For a young immigrant boy who knew nothing about politics or history, Star Wars had a universal appeal that transcended language, nationality, time, and other superficial social barriers.” Aaron Tao 5/1/2021
Open Carry in the Time of the Pandemic Personal Essay - “Channeling Uncle Bill, who died over a decade ago, I invite his ghost to weigh in. But rather than answering, he walks me downstairs in his old Brooklyn house, where we stand together in his paneled den—the perfect skin we’d heard about, now on the floor.” Robin Greene 4/30/2021
Virgil’s War and Peace Criticism - “Two millennia later, we are still warring over the meaning of Virgil’s Aeneid.” Paul Krause 4/26/2021
Poem: “Epicycle(s)” Poetry - “Wilderness of whys./Labyrinth of I’s./Foreground, background./Busy, busy eyes.” Benjamin L. Pérez 4/25/2021
Odysseus: the First Western Man Criticism - “Odysseus is the first recognizably Western man.” Paul Sturdee 4/16/2021
In Every Time and Every Place: the Political Nuance of “Legend of Galactic Heroes” Criticism - “This is not a clear-cut struggle between good and evil, especially when enemies could come from within as well as without. Rather…it is a war between one good and another.” Carlos Miguel del Callar 4/4/2021
Buried Treasure Personal Essay - “Dad never searched for buried treasure again. He instead bought lottery tickets, entered contests online, and invested in a million dinar after Iraq fell…” Niles Reddick 4/2/2021
How “Ms .45” and Zoë Lund Paved Abel Ferrara’s Way Criticism - “In the end, these are movies about redemption and what it means to be redeemed, whatever the struggle in getting there.” Adrian Nguyen 3/31/2021
When We’ve Stopped Reading Personal Essay - “By sheer accident, one man in this stupefied future learns how to read.” Matthew Wardour 3/26/2021
Review: Michael Shnayerson’s “Bugsy Siegel” Criticism - “It is a short and gripping panorama of life in 1920s-1940s America, that defining epoch of struggle and stardom, hardship and grandeur, fortune and bankruptcy—and Bugsy Siegel experienced it all.” Paul Krause 3/25/2021
Poem: “Third Wave” Poetry - “The statistics were/like our scores—and we wanted/to lead the boards…” Michele Mekel 3/21/2021
Dawn in Pennsylvania Fiction - “How to describe it all? My dad and his sweaty armpits and the black garbage bags with the slice of old-time America buried inside. This sadness I’ve become filled with, which doesn’t feel like the kind of sadness the artist intended, but the opposite…his sadness looks like happiness to me.” Becky Tuch 3/9/2021
Why James Bond Is a Positive Role Model for Young Americans Reflection - “In the meantime, fans have discussed and debated the merits of Bond himself. Is the character a good person? Is he a positive role model for today’s youth?” Luka Ladan 3/5/2021
Review: Jan Swafford’s “Mozart: The Reign of Love” Criticism - “The problem is that this story of Mozart that we think we know is not true at all; thankfully, Jan Swafford is here to correct the problem.” Paul Krause 3/3/2021
Review: “The Klondike Bake-Oven Deaths” Criticism - “In a novel to be released later this month, Hornblum—perhaps best known for his 1998 non-fiction book Acres of Skin, which centers on different events at Holmesburg Prison—retells the calamitous events of August, 1938.” Asher Ellis 2/24/2021
What Ortega y Gasset and Orwell Both Foresaw Criticism - “Both Ortega and Orwell concluded that the Left was in trouble as a result of these developments, and their analyses and diagnoses pointed the way forward to the situation we have today in the West.” Paul Sturdee 2/23/2021