Category Literature

We Tell Ourselves Stories in Order to Live: The Joan Didion Documentary’s Pioneering Approach to Collaborative Filmmaking

“We tell ourselves stories in order to live,” Joan Didion writes to open one of her many seminal essays, “The White Album.” “We look for the sermon in the suicide, for the social and moral lesson in the murder of five. We interpret what we see, select the most workable of multiple choices. We live […]

Impossible to Forget: A Review of Bret Anthony Johnston’s Remember Me Like This

In John Buchan’s memoir, Pilgrim’s Way, he wrote of his friend Raymond Asquith: “He disliked emotion, not because he felt lightly, but because he felt deeply.” Though set far from Buchan’s Edwardian Britain, in the dusty, down and out town of Southport, Texas, that sentiment is the same distinctive scaffolding of Bret Anthony Johnson’s arresting new novel Remember […]

Revisiting Hannah Arendt: A new biopic sheds light on the famous philosopher’s most controversial writing

Hannah Arendt, the German-American political theorist best known for her books The Human Condition, The Origins of Totalitarianism, and Eichmann in Jerusalem, is back in the news almost forty years after her death thanks to an new biopic of her life, in which she is played by German actress Barbara Sukowa. For more, read Elizabeth’s full article on Archetypes.

Lunch with Victor Navasky

“Victor Navasky, the ex-editor and publisher of the iconic leftist weekly The Nation, author of six books on American history and media, and professor at the Columbia School of Journalism, is a pillar of contemporary journalism. His latest entry, The Art of Controversy: Political Cartoons and Their Enduring Power, is a compendium of political cartoons that have rattled […]

Dreams from Her Father: Secretary Albright Discusses ‘Prague Winter’ at the Czech Embassy

“Although the decade between the Munich Agreement and the onset of the Cold War Prague Winter chronicles is full of darkness, Albright’s focus is instead on her family’s values of democracy and humanity that directed her own moral compass even before she knew the complete story of her past.” For more, read Elizabeth’s article in […]

In Good Taste: Lee Miller in Fashion and Food

“The relation between fashion and food is not difficult to construct. Both can be sources of pleasure, but they can also be mechanisms for discipline and denial, self-judgment as well as self-expression. Like most art forms, the mastery of the hautest couture and cuisine frees the cook and the clothes horse to have fun, to […]

Cormac McCarthy’s ‘The Road’

“If we have ever spoken, ever, I have tried to persuade you to read ‘The Road.’ Friends have been subject to countless wine-infused rambles on its importance, strangers on its opening pages next to me on planes have been assaulted by my flurry of promises on its life-altering qualities, librarians and unsuspecting Borders clerks have been […]