Small-Town USA

Phil Christman

A small town might well be angry; it is asked to do everything.


Wilfred M. McClay

Mystery gets too little respect.

A Tale of Two Stories

Angel Adams Parham

Were it not for this creative, constructive impulse, the fire next time would have burned this country down many times over.

American Captivity

Ed Simon

The captivity narrative is the most American of genres, not just in fostering fear, paranoia, and violence but in contributing to the creation myth of a new variety of person: the American.

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Political Mythologies

Acknowledging the necessity of myth in a rationalist age.

Of Continuing Interest

A selection of articles from the archives

When Science Went Modern

Lorraine Daston

This was the nightmare of scientific progress: The truths of today would become the falsehoods—or at least the errors—of tomorrow.

The Radicalism of Tradition

Jackson Lears

The attempt to turn universities into businesses challenges the conservative understanding of the humanities.

The Metaphysics of the Hangover

Mark Edmundson

A hangover is about being poisoned, no doubt. The toxins linger in the body and must be expelled, or waited out. We’re sick with a mini-flu and need to get better. But isn’t a hangover about more than physical toxins, at least some of the time?