‘The Duel After the Masquerade’ by Jean-Léon Gérôme (1857-59)

On Their Honor

A way to look at dueling, then and now.

Oct 5, 2015, Vol. 21, No. 04 • By JAMES BOWMAN



Mary Anne Disraeli

Power Coupling

A Victorian alliance of love and politics.

Aug 24, 2015, Vol. 20, No. 47


A Ghost’s Lament

The collision at the corner of Language and Politics.

Jul 27, 2015, Vol. 20, No. 43

Damien Hirst’s ‘For the Love of God’ (2007)

Heads Over Heels

Decapitation: the good old days

Feb 16, 2015, Vol. 20, No. 22

George Eliot, Rebecca Mead

Oneself in Others

The unintended consequences of reading George Eliot

Sep 22, 2014, Vol. 20, No. 02

Ted Danson as Lemuel Gulliver (1996)

Dean of Contradictions

The savage, satiric, sympathetic Swift.

Jun 9, 2014, Vol. 19, No. 37

‘Gassed’ (detail) by John Singer Sargent (1919)

Casualties of War

Medicine as metaphor for the Western Front.

Feb 3, 2014, Vol. 19, No. 20


Bases Loaded

The smooth moves, and rough edges, of baseball’s infancy.

Jul 29, 2013, Vol. 18, No. 43

Yogi (‘You can observe a lot by watching’) Berra whispers to pitcher Allie Reyno

Wisdom of the Age

Words to live by—at the moment.

Oct 1, 2012, Vol. 18, No. 03

Photo of The Gutenberg Museum in Mainz

The Dawn of Print

Has the death of the ‘physical’ book been exaggerated?

Jan 30, 2012, Vol. 17, No. 19

Photo of Lenin arriving at the Finland Station in Petrograd in 1917

Believing Is Seeing

History unfolds beneath the Ivory Tower.

Dec 19, 2011, Vol. 17, No. 14

The Right Thing

The Right Thing

A philosopher misunderstands humanity’s code.

Jan 17, 2011, Vol. 16, No. 17

Defining a Decade

Defining a Decade

The lines in the sand are not yet redrawn.

Sep 20, 2010, Vol. 16, No. 01

Early Americans

Shrewd observations on wisdom about the past.

Jan 4, 2010, Vol. 15, No. 16

Don't Change 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell'

From the October 12, 2009 issue: There are sound reasons--unbigoted ones--for our policy on gays in the military.

Oct 12, 2009, Vol. 15, No. 04

Harm's Way

The roads in Britain are paved with good intentions.

Apr 27, 2009, Vol. 14, No. 30

Honor Among Bankers

Europe vs. America.

Feb 9, 2009, Vol. 14, No. 19

So Long, Tony

Even 'the greatest soap opera ever' must come to an end.

Jul 9, 2007, Vol. 12, No. 40

Death of a Hero

Robert Falcon Scott reappraised.

Mar 26, 2007, Vol. 12, No. 27

The Pseudo-Grownup

Anne Tyler's wistful nonsense.

Aug 6, 2001, Vol. 6, No. 44

When in Rohmer

The French New Wave movie director could teach Hollywood a few things

Apr 3, 2000, Vol. 5, No. 28

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