Adorno on Trumpism

Watching Trump's stunningly dark acceptance speech last night, I got to wondering what Walter Benjamin would have thought of it. … More

My 2014

This isn’t a best of list so much as a list of texts and experiences that are still with me … More

Lechery and the Novel

Alain de Botton's The Philosopher's Mail project asks if it's okay to desire a stranger in public space without them … More

Philosophers in the City

In his Nuova Scienza (1710), Giambattista Vico writes, "First the woods, then cultivated fields and huts, next little houses and … More

The Art of Useless Suffering

The art as therapy idea is back, thanks to Alain de Botton. In a surprise move, the Netherlands’ top cultural institution, … More