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A metaphor is like a—well, what, exactly?

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Take Your Medicine

This ‘prescriptive’ is a hard pill to swallow

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Infamous Creoles

Annals of the avant-garde in the Vieux Carré.

Jun 10, 2013, Vol. 18, No. 37

Destination Procrastination

All in Good Time

The key to success is getting around to it, eventually.

Feb 4, 2013, Vol. 18, No. 20

Stack of Books

Smart Writing

It’s good to be published, and better to be understood.

Sep 3, 2012, Vol. 17, No. 47

Painting of Sir Walter Scott reading a paper

Scot on the Rocks

Why readers should rediscover Sir Walter Scott.

Oct 24, 2011, Vol. 17, No. 06

Palmerston: A Biography

Eminent Victorian

It’s not easy reducing the phenomenon of Viscount Palmerston to words.

Sep 26, 2011, Vol. 17, No. 02

Andrew Marvell

Puritan in Verse

The poet-politician of the English Civil War gets his due.

Apr 25, 2011, Vol. 16, No. 31

She’s the One

She’s the One

Jane Austen’s greatness is a truth universally acknowledged.

Jan 3, 2011, Vol. 16, No. 16

God in the Details

God in the Details

Why disbelieving doesn’t always make it so.

Nov 22, 2010, Vol. 16, No. 10

Oh the Profanity!

Oh the Profanity!

The use and abuse of words that pack a punch

12:00 AM, Oct 13, 2010

Memento Muriel

Memento Muriel

A writer of minor masterpieces

Sep 27, 2010, Vol. 16, No. 02

Dr J.’s Sampler

Dr J.’s Sampler

Gleanings from the sage of Fleet Street

Jun 14, 2010, Vol. 15, No. 37

Tactical Exercise

Tactical Exercise

The Civil War was a contest between two sets of West Pointers.

Apr 19, 2010, Vol. 15, No. 29

Scourge of Phonies

The teenage perspective of J. D. Salinger, 1919-2010.

Feb 15, 2010, Vol. 15, No. 21

Literary Minority

The quest for a modest immortality may be genetic.

Dec 21, 2009, Vol. 15, No. 14

Great Reformer

Is freedom of conscience indebted to John Calvin?

Nov 9, 2009, Vol. 15, No. 08

The Good Book

Everybody used to read 'Pilgrim's Progress.' Now you should, too.

Oct 5, 2009, Vol. 15, No. 03

Mill of the Gods

He knew that the best people know what's best for you.

Jun 15, 2009, Vol. 14, No. 37

Bleak House

The view of mankind from Glasgow's lower depths.

Jan 26, 2009, Vol. 14, No. 18

A Laugh Supreme

What would happen if Judge Judy became Justice Judy?

Sep 22, 2008, Vol. 14, No. 02

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