My Life as a Ghostwriter

My Life as a Ghostwriter

For 15 years, I’ve led a professional double-life, working as editor, writer, author, and podcaster in plain public view, while also helping famous people produce their own books—memoirs, mostly—behind closed doors. This parallel professional existence was outed in 2014, when one of my more well-known clients told

Jonathan Kay
Jonathan Kay
Shame and Silence: The LWS Twin Studies Revisited

Shame and Silence: The LWS Twin Studies Revisited

Some colleagues refused to speak with me, several did so under conditions of anonymity and others would not answer my emails. I felt rejected and perplexed because this was not the experience I was used to. By the time I began writing Deliberately Divided in the fall of 2019, I

Nancy L. Segal
Nancy L. Segal
twin studies
Teaching Us How the World Wags On

Teaching Us How the World Wags On

No small part of dogs’ value to humankind is the way they effortlessly channel the wondrous nature of reality itself. I’ve recently been thinking about two dogs from my youth, and was suddenly struck by the book-ended lessons they taught me about life and death, and the way our

Herman Goodden
Herman Goodden
Dogs
Weekly Round Up

Weekly Round Up

Bitter Lessons from AfghanistanA review of Can Intervention Work? by Rory Stewart and Gerald Knaus; W.W. Norton, 272 pages (August 2011) The American War in Afghanistan: A History by Carter Malkasian; OUP, 576 pages (July 2021) The Afghanistan Papers: A Secret History of the War by Craig Whitlock; Simon

Quillette
Quillette
"These Are Very Bad Dudes" — David Buss on Sexual Conflict and the Dark Triad

"These Are Very Bad Dudes" — David Buss on Sexual Conflict and the Dark Triad

Editor's note: Earlier this year, I was delighted to interview David Buss, pioneer of evolutionary psychology about his new book When Men Behave Badly: The Hidden Roots of Sexual Deception, Harassment, and Assault. One of the first psychologists to apply Darwinian insights to humans, his research over the past three

Claire Lehmann
Claire Lehmann
Bitter Lessons from Afghanistan

Bitter Lessons from Afghanistan

A review of Can Intervention Work? by Rory Stewart and Gerald Knaus; W.W. Norton, 272 pages (August 2011) The American War in Afghanistan: A History by Carter Malkasian; OUP, 576 pages (July 2021) The Afghanistan Papers: A Secret History of the War by Craig Whitlock; Simon and Schuster, 368

John Lloyd
John Lloyd
Review
The Ironies of Sex

The Ironies of Sex

In “The Problem with Being Cool About Sex,” the Atlantic’s Helen Lewis meditates on the many contradictions inherent in the sexual experience. Among others, Lewis contrasts the victories of women’s sexual liberation to the costs of being objectified and oversexualized, the ongoing friction between our societal condemnation of

Gregory Gorelik
Gregory Gorelik
Sex
The Progressive Case for Renouncing Gender Extremism: Last of a Three-Part Series

The Progressive Case for Renouncing Gender Extremism: Last of a Three-Part Series

In the first two parts of this essay series, I argued that “gender supremacists” (my preferred term) have created an artificial reality in which words such as “man” and “woman” are defined in a way that ordinary people neither recognize nor agree with. In Canada, the UK, the United States,

Allan Stratton
Allan Stratton
Gender Critical Feminists