Martha Bayles


Martha Bayles teaches humanities at Boston College and is a fellow at the Institute for Advanced Studies in Culture. She is the author of Through a Screen Darkly: Popular Culture, Public Diplomacy, and America’s Image Abroad and Hole in Our Soul: The Loss of Beauty and Meaning in American Popular Music. 

The Character of Tragedy

from Missing Character, Volume 26, Number 1

Tragedies give pleasure because they make room for art.

Remembering Henry Pleasants

from Theological Variations, Volume 25, Number 2

What Pleasants found in the Afro-American idiom was a body of music intended to comfort the afflicted.

Vladimir and Volodymyr: A Pivotal Moment in History

from The Use and Abuse of History, Volume 24, Number 2

Putin continues to play the Third Rome card that has brought him this far.

Taming the Furies

from America on the Brink, Volume 22, Number 3

Every society in history has limited speech in some way, yet some have remained freer than others.

Reality Made Me Do It

from Reality and Its Alternatives, Volume 21, Number 2

Is the whole world slouching toward a Panopticon of digitally enabled surveillance and control?