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
The Moral Philosophy of Plutarch Criticism - “While not all of his essays are explicitly moral in orientation, nearly all of Plutarch’s essays have moral instruction and guidance baked into them.” Paul Krause 2/18/2021
What Latvia Understands That America Doesn’t Personal Essay - “Having lived in Latvia for over a year…there is a selection of good things, ideas or their manifestations, which seem to pervade Latvia and/or which the United States either lacks or has forgotten.” Patrick Burr 2/13/2021
My Experience Being Cancelled, Twice Personal Essay - “While many have suffered badly—and I do feel their anguish over being fired, falling into depression, or even committing suicide—I have to admit that it turned out rather nicely for me.” Mark Hecht 2/8/2021
Review: Nicholas McDowell’s “Poet of Revolution: The Making of John Milton” Criticism - “As McDowell suggests, it was the liberating and open environment of humanist education that moved Milton more than any theological or political zeal, and it seized Milton at an early age.” Paul Krause 2/3/2021
Don’t Cancel the Classics—We Need Them More Than Ever Criticism - “Those who are adamant that love will trump hate, heal the world, and divinize us are not articulating anything new. The Greeks are still singing to us the songs of humanistic love as the spirit that will heal the world.” Paul Krause 1/12/2021