Mark Dunbar


Mark Dunbar is a writer who lives in Indianapolis with his wife and daughter.

Identity Tethering in an Age of Symbolic Politics

from Distinctions That Define and Divide, Volume 23, Number 2

The less politics effects change, the more politics will affect mood.

The Great Simplifier

from Who Do We Think We Are?, Volume 23, Number 1

If John Brown failed at anything, he failed at saving us from ourselves.

The Easy Answers

from Animals and Us, Volume 21, Number 1

Everyone has a theory for why Donald Trump won in 2016.

Presentation and Power

The protests and protest candidates failed because they lacked organizational structures and concrete policies.

The Man for Whom Everything Was a Game

John von Neumann’s life ended the way many of those of his intellectual caliber end: in madness.

The Weimar Mood

Listening for those voices from the deep.

The Egoists and the Altruists

The philosophical divide doesn’t neatly correspond with our political divide. There are egoists on all sides, just as there are altruists.

The Mixed Legacy of James Ellroy

His writing became Ellroyian—telegraphic, fast-paced, and intellectually cynical.