Mark Edmundson


Mark Edmundson is University Professor in the Department of English at the University of Virginia. His books include Why Write? A Master Class on the Art of Writing and Why It Matters and Self and Soul: A Defense of Ideals.

The Metaphysics of the Hangover

from The Meaning of Cities, Volume 19, Number 2

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?

One Nation Under Fear

from Thinking About the Poor, Volume 16, Number 3

We have become a nation and a people that simply cannot abide risks.

A Word to the New Humanities Professor

from What’s the University For?, Volume 2, Number 3

How does a contemporary humanities professor abet the pursuit of enjoyment?