Judith Shulevitz’s cri de coeur in Sunday’s New York Times against the “self-censorship” she believes is stifling intellectual debate in American universities due to the supposed heightened emotional fragility of today’s students should appall anyone who cares about or believes in mental health. In her article, Shulevitz equates passionate advocates for gay rights and abortion rights with rape survivors, […]

Elliot Ackerman served as a Marine infantry and special forces officer in Iraq and Afghanistan from 2003 to 2011, at the height of the War on Terror. In Afghanistan, he also worked as a combat advisor to an Afghan battalion tasked with capturing senior figures in the Taliban. Ackerman has parlayed his experiences into a remarkable debut novel, Green […]

Elliot Ackerman is a decorated veteran of the Iraq War and the War in Afghanistan, and now the debut author of a remarkable novel, Green on Blue, out February 17 from Scribner. Green on Blue is narrated by a Pashtun teenager named Aziz, who describes the state of his country as such: “In Pashto, [our] type of war […]

“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 […]

I had the good fortune to speak recently with Launching Creative founder Nik Parks about working and living from all over the world in this digital age, in which work is often done remotely on a freelance contract. Check out our conversation here.  

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 […]

France’s new prime minister, Manuel Valls, was appointed to his position last month by President François Hollande, as one of many attempts to revive that man’s flagging popularity, along with that of his Parti Socialiste (PS).  A month into his tenure, things seem to be going well for a man whose leftist credentials are considered anything but pristine to […]