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George Makari's ‘Of Fear and Strangers’—A Review

George Makari's ‘Of Fear and Strangers’—A Review

French conservative radio host Éric Zemmour is mounting a presidential run, seeking to steal the mantle of right-wing populism from Marine Le Pen. Not only does the 63-year-old firebrand want to limit the number of immigrants who can come to France—a standard campaign promise for politicians of this type—

Zaid Jilani
Zaid Jilani
5 min read
book review
How D.B. Cooper and the Golden Age of Air Piracy Changed Aviation Fiction

How D.B. Cooper and the Golden Age of Air Piracy Changed Aviation Fiction

Frank Sinatra's “Come Fly With Me” was the best-selling album in the United States for five weeks in 1958, but the irony of its popularity (or, perhaps, the source of its aspirational appeal) is that practically none of us could take up the offer to "glide, starry-eyed" on an aircraft

Kevin Mims
Kevin Mims
32 min read
Art and Culture
High White Notes: The Rise and Fall of Gonzo Journalism—A Review

High White Notes: The Rise and Fall of Gonzo Journalism—A Review

A review of High White Notes: The Rise and Fall of Gonzo Journalism by David S. Wills. Beatdom Books, 555 pages. (November 2021) I. In High White Notes, his riveting new biography of Hunter S. Thompson, journalist David S. Wills describes Thompson as America’s first rock star reporter and

Kevin Mims
Kevin Mims
24 min read
Art and Culture
‘It works! It works! It works!’: Jonas Salk and the Vaccine that Conquered Polio

‘It works! It works! It works!’: Jonas Salk and the Vaccine that Conquered Polio

Jonas Salk was born on October 28th, 1914, in a tenement in East Harlem, New York—the first son of Russian immigrants and the eldest of three brothers. After finishing four years of high school in three, Salk entered the City College of New York and later won a scholarship

Paul A. Offit
Paul A. Offit
7 min read
Health
Guns, Germs, and Steel is a Powerful Anti-Racist Book. So Why Doesn’t the Left Love It?

Guns, Germs, and Steel is a Powerful Anti-Racist Book. So Why Doesn’t the Left Love It?

It has been 30 years since the publication of Jared Diamond’s first book, The Third Chimpanzee, and it has survived the test of time well. It examines the evolutionary foundations of human behaviours, and, in particular, looks at the differing behaviours of the sexes. In passing, while considering how

Jerry Barnett
Jerry Barnett
14 min read
Politics
Jessie Tu and the Fashionably Regressive Approach to Reading

Jessie Tu and the Fashionably Regressive Approach to Reading

Any person who produces art or literature, or who offers up anything at all for public consumption, must have a thick skin. Harsh reviews are as much a part of the writing life as days in front of a blank screen. But Jessie Tu’s recent article in the Sydney

Neil Tully
Neil Tully
5 min read
Arts and Culture
Mrs. Dalloway: Secularism and Its Enchantments

Mrs. Dalloway: Secularism and Its Enchantments

1922 is one of those spooky years in the history of literature, when several revolutionary things seemed to be taking place at once. At the time, Virginia Woolf was still a minor figure in the publishing scene, but she was in the beginnings of her literary chrysalis. She had recently

Jared Marcel Pollen
Jared Marcel Pollen
12 min read
Review
Twilight of the Satyrs

Twilight of the Satyrs

I. On April 18th of this year, Blake Bailey, 58, the author of Philip Roth: The Biography, was abruptly dropped by his literary agency, the Story Company. His book had been published on April 6th, and climbed to the top of the bestseller lists. But then allegations emerged that while

Charlotte Allen
Charlotte Allen
27 min read
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