Mikel Jollett, front man for The Airborne Toxic Event, has written a memoir that is dangerous, immediate and lyrical from the jump.
‘The world’ would have us study for some advantage or gain. The ancients, and this author, counsel learning for its own sake.
An absence of social bonds and relationships of trust can affect our conduct and our health. Facebook ‘friendships’ are no substitute.
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow was 19th-century America’s most popular and approachable poet. After the shocking death of his charismatic second wife, his life and verse took a poignant, inward turn.
Did precedents set by TR’s ‘need for attention’ and Wilson’s gauzy ambition give us Trump? No—the voters did that.
Leif Erikson’s North American settlement was the product of a Viking culture that pioneered new trade routes.
At the time of the infamous sack of Rome, Alaric—the warrior-chief of a Germanic nation—was in fact trying to regain his high rank as a Roman ofﬁcer.
The author suggests that a love of beauty evolved as a sort of natural antidepressant: a reward for staying alive.
The two singers had a lot in common, including husbands who could drink like condemned pirates.
Without decomposing fungi we’d be buried under plant debris. With them, all sorts of compounds can be broken down, from petroleum to sarin gas.
The Radcliffe Institute for Independent Study was founded in 1960 to combat the ‘climate of unexpectation’ thwarting female achievers.
Stan Lee was, in some ways, Walt Disney’s successor, an avuncular public figure co-creating and promoting an empire of marvelous characters who would eventually generate billions of dollars in revenue.
A put-upon outsider in a French kitchen remembers being happy not knowing what a fricassee was.
Two seasoned anglers on the lessons they’ve learned from a lifetime catching fish.
Even after the attack on Pearl Harbor, the U.S. didn’t shift immediately—or easily—to a war footing. In 1942, Americans struggled as rubber and gasoline were rationed, car production was halted and neighbors grew suspicious of one another.
Lincoln honored soldiers’ sacriﬁces and subtly redeﬁned the reasons for them. Memorials often do the same.
Poe, Dupin and the mystery of loot hidden beneath Paris.
Christopher Moore’s offbeat fantasy transplants the characters from ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ into a whodunit plot.
From the author of the novel ‘Never Anyone but You’ and, most recently, ‘NVK.’
Most books on English style counsel clarity and directness. Fair enough, but what makes clear and direct writing powerful?