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Weekly Roundup
Weekly roundup, 21 May 2022

Weekly Roundup

· 5 min read

Dear Quilletters,

It's nice to see your interest in our Quillette Social in Sydney, taking place in just two weeks. Claire, Scott and I are looking forward to seeing some of you there. And thank you for suggesting other locations for future social events, we've taken all your requests on board.

This week we've got ten fascinating reads that you shouldn't miss out on. From culture wars to literal wars and everything in between, we've got you covered.

Have a great weekend.

Zoe Booth
Community Engagement


Israel’s Perilous Moment, Then and Now
Herf tells the complicated and often surprising story of the internal political struggles in Western capitals, as well as in the halls of the United Nations, that erupted at the end of the Second World War.
Pacifism and Papal Fallibility
The Pope is a perverse sort of pacifist, not a man of peace.

North America

Hofstadter’s Paranoid Style Revisited
Hofstadter argued that McCarthyism was simply the latest iteration of a longstanding American tradition.

Poetry + Cinema

The End of War Poetry
Among literary forms, war poetry is unusual for having enjoyed a universally acknowledged and tightly defined golden age.
Undiminished by Decadence
I grew up in the 1960s and ’70s and I’m happy to report that, for the most part, television and mainstream cinema today are orders of magnitude better than they were in my salad days.


How We Can Get Clean Energy—What Needs to Be Done?
Editor’s note: this is the third in a three-part series on how we can get clean energy. Part I explains the relationship between Fuel and Human Progress, Part II answers the question “Is Nuclear Power Safe?” and Part III provides an answer to “What Needs to Be Done?” Nuclear power

Ideology woes

Domestic Violence Is Not the Result of Patriarchy
Research consistently finds that women in heterosexual relationships tend to perpetrate violence against intimate partners at least as often as men.
Gender Ideology’s True Believers
I spent 25 years in a cultish political sect. Trans activists are giving me déjà vu.
Confessions of a Social-Justice Meme Maker
I made pretty pictures that helped keep people enraged and mobilized. Then I asked myself: ‘Why am I doing this?’


Direct Instruction Works. So Why Is It Controversial?
In 2016, I was sitting in the classroom of a Melbourne school as Dr. Kerry Hempenstall described the early stages of a reading program. He projected a series of letters on the screen. First, he displayed an “f.” “This is an ‘f’,” he said. Then he displayed an “f” written


‎27 Rouge: A Quillette Podcast: VII: Ed Latimore On Boxing, Stoicism, and Falling in Love with a Process on Apple Podcasts
‎Show 27 Rouge: A Quillette Podcast, Ep VII: Ed Latimore On Boxing, Stoicism, and Falling in Love with a Process - 11 May 2022

From Around the Web

Australia Votes: Federal Election Day 2022
Australians head to the polling booths today to cast their votes for The Federal election on Saturday 21st May 2022
Double Jeopardy: Princeton Prepares To Axe Star Professor Who Raised Hell Over Woke Lunacy - Washington Free Beacon
Princeton University is planning to fire one of the most distinguished classics professors in the country, Joshua Katz, after his criticism of the school’s racial politics made him the target of student protests and the subject of two separate university investigations.
How Australia Saved Thousands of Lives While Covid Killed a Million Americans
The United States and Australia share similar demographics, but their pandemic death rates point to very different cultures of trust.

Zoe Booth

Community Engagement Manager and host of the Quillette Cetera podcast.

On Instagram @quillette