A short time ago, on reaching the age of 80, Jane Brody published an essay called “How to Age Gracefully” in the New York Times. Feedback on the discus…
To those interested in my theme of imagination as the home of human life I have recommended the accessible and delightful little book The Educated Imag…
In my last newsletter, commemorating Labor Day, I spoke of the cult of overwork in the United States, contrasting it with the failed prophecy in the 19…
On Monday, the United States celebrates Labor Day, designated a national holiday in 1894, celebrating the dignity and worth of labor and the working cl…
This week I returned to teaching at Baldwin Wallace University in Berea, Ohio, a suburb of Cleveland, where I was a student from 1969 to 1973 and a ful…
This week’s newsletter is about ghosts, and, yes, it no doubt should have come out last week, on Friday the 13th. But it was a matter of timing: at tha…
In 1951, scholar-guru Alan Watts published a book called The Wisdom of Insecurity. No security is possible in this world, Watts said, and the quest to …
Readers interested in the themes of this newsletter—imagination, literature, and mythology—will be interested in a new film that has been garnering a f…
This newsletter continues the meditation of the previous newsletter about the role of labels and categories in human life, the way in which we understa…
Recently, Andrew Cuomo’s daughter got more attention than she perhaps wanted by coming out as a “demisexual,” defined as someone who does not feel sexu…
We write things down to preserve them. When we were children, we sat in the back seat looking out the window as scenes passed swiftly and perpetually p…
In the United States, our annual holiday celebration of freedom has come and gone. This year, it was a holiday of mixed emotions: a celebration of the …