The Cinema of Inadvertence, or Why I Like Bad Movies

Phil Christman

We bad-movie watchers have our own anticriteria, the sorts of badness we prefer.

An Ever More Perfect Novel

Tyler Malone

The Great American Novel? Why are we still banging on about that old thing?

The Distance from Our Food

Benjamin Aldes Wurgaft

Distance can breed ignorance of the ecosystems and individual animal lives that feed us.

Under the Sign of Sontag

Charlie Tyson

Could Sontag the woman ever live up to Sontag the persona?

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Eating and Being

Examining the cultural meanings of our foodways.


Of Continuing Interest

A selection of articles from the archives

Being There

Wilfred M. McClay

A human person is a historical being, in whom the past remains immanent in the present, and whom the wear and tear of time enhances rather than diminishes.

Teachable Moments

Danielle Charette

Not every endeavor aimed at improving the political literacy of adults is headed by undemocratic schoolmarms.

After the Vernissage

Greg Jackson

The principal experience of the art I encountered, I found, was not the art itself, but the uncertainty and complexity of my own subjective response.

Defender of Utopia’s Remnant

Charles Mathewes

Even as he was sharpening and deepening his critique of capitalism’s effects on democracy, Habermas never jettisoned his faith in the idea of democracy itself.