Patricia Marcoccia and Maziar Ghaderi of Holding Space Films talk to Quillette’s Jonathan Kay about the time they spent chronicling the daily life of Canada’s most famous public intellectual—and how critics on both sides reacted to The Rise of Jordan Peterson.
Richard Bradford, author of Orwell: A Man of Our Time, talks to Toby Young about why Orwell still has a great deal to teach us 70 years after his death. You can read Richard’s recent piece about how Orwell anticipated both Brexit and Boris Johnson’s election victory in the Irish Independent here.
Comedian and podcast host Jamie Kilstein talks to fellow stand-up Paul Provenza about Ricky Gervais’s monologue at the Golden Globes and whether comedy is finally emerging from under a cloud of woke humourlessness. You can listen to more podcasts hosted by Jamie Kilstein here.
Daniel Hannan, the Conservative Member of the European Parliament for South East England, talks to Toby Young about his lifelong friendship with the late Conservative philosopher Sir Roger Scruton.
Harvard Historian James Hankins on what the great Renaissance humanists can teach us about virtue and statecraft. Plus: Why so many get Machiavelli wrong.
Armando Simón, forensic psychologist and science writer, talks to Jonathan Kay about why it would be a mistake to try and put a man on Mars. Simón recently set out the case against a manned space flight to Mars in Quillette.
Dr James Cantor, clinical psychologist and sexologist, talks to Jonathan Kay about his recent peer-reviewed critique of the American Academy of Pediatrics’ guidelines on treating trans children.
In 390 AD, residents of Thessalonica rose up against the Gothic militia guarding the Greek city under the authority of Roman emperor Theodosius. The provocation that sparked the unrest—the arrest of a popular charioteer for homosexual conduct (which the Goths reviled, but ordinary Thessalonians shrugged off)—was trivial. But the berserk mob took the opportunity to vent accumulated grievances by butchering the Gothic constabulary. When Theodosius heard the news, he flew into his own rage, and dispatched a larger force to exact retribution. These soldiers surrounded the city’s horse track and butchered 7,000 innocent spectators to death. Even by the standards of the era, this was seen as a truly wicked act. Theodosius himself, an observant Christian, was wracked with guilt. In Christian history, Thessalonica is better known for the epistles that Paul the Apostle wrote to members of the city’s community, and which became part of the New Testament. Certainly, this ancient war crime is rarely a story that gets told through carols and holiday television specials. But aside from being a time for family …
Toby Young talks to Jonathan Kay about the Conservatives’ victory in the UK General Election in which Labour suffered its worst defeat since 1935. Toby wrote about the election recently in Quillette.
Alireza Nader, Senior Fellow at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, talks to Jonathan Kay about the recent political protests in Iran and the regime’s brutal response.