literature

Cancelling the Beat Generation

Cancelling the Beat Generation

Almost from its inception, the Beat Generation seemed to be doomed to failure. In and around Columbia University, a ragtag group of bohemians coalesced based upon an odd array of mutual interests. Two of them were homosexuals, one bisexual, and all were interested in drugs and subversive literature. William S.

David S. Wills
David S. Wills
Art 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
Review
There's (a Lot) More to George Orwell than Nineteen Eighty-Four

There's (a Lot) More to George Orwell than Nineteen Eighty-Four

It’s been more than 70 years since George Orwell (1903–50) published Nineteen Eighty-Four. Of his nine books (six of which were novels), it is by far the most famous and influential. In detailing his oppressively dark vision of social manipulation and political tyranny in late 20th century Britain,

Herman Goodden
Herman Goodden
George Orwell
Why Do People Tell Me I’m Not Allowed to Write?

Why Do People Tell Me I’m Not Allowed to Write?

When I first started writing, it was on something of a dare. In 8th grade my friends and I ate lunch in the librarian’s office in the school library. We’d had enough of the cafeteria, with its cliques, nasty comments, and seating hierarchies. Since one of us worked

Libby Emmons
Libby Emmons
Free Speech
Are the Classics Complicit in White Supremacy?

Are the Classics Complicit in White Supremacy?

Editor’s note: This is the final instalment in a four-part series on the Classics. As I’ve said before, for me, the debate about whether “Western Civ” should still be taught always comes back round to the situation facing my own field, classics. And in recent years, the progressive

James Kierstead
James Kierstead
Classics Series
Is Western Civilization Uniquely Bad?

Is Western Civilization Uniquely Bad?

This is part three of a four-part series on the Classics. Even if the concept of Western civilization isn’t inherently incoherent, some would argue that we should still be extremely cautious of it, or maybe even avoid it altogether, because of the way Western nations have engaged in various

James Kierstead
James Kierstead
Classics Series
Enlightenment Wars: Some Reflections on 'Enlightenment Now,' One Year Later

Enlightenment Wars: Some Reflections on 'Enlightenment Now,' One Year Later

You wouldn’t think that a defense of reason, science, and humanism would be particularly controversial in an era in which those ideals would seem to need all the help they can get. But in the words of a colleague, “You’ve made people’s heads explode!” Many people who

Steven Pinker
Steven Pinker
enlightenment
Is Western Civilization a Thing?

Is Western Civilization a Thing?

This is part two of a four-part series on the classics. Part three will be published tomorrow. Is Western Civilization even a thing? That may seem like an odd question, but it’s one that anyone who talks about Western Civilization these days will eventually have to face because a

James Kierstead
James Kierstead
classics