Means of Ascent

Posted on September 6, 2023
Image: Left: President John F. Kennedy lands for a visit to the Western states in 1962; right: President Joe Biden ascends Air Force One’s shorter staircase en route to Arizona, 2023; Alamy Stock Photos.

The president and the humble staircase: a short survey.

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The Weimar Mood

Posted on September 12, 2023
Image: Boys use German mark notes to make a kite during the hyperinflation of 1923; THR illustration/Ullstein.

Listening for those voices from the deep.

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Paging Dr. Bot

Posted on September 7, 2023
Image: THR illustration/Shutterstock.

Reconstituting the totality of a person knowing only the “parts” of his or her mind is equally nonsensical.

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A Sentimental Education

Posted on September 14, 2023
Image: AARN GIRI/Unsplash; THR illustration.

The literature classroom is an unusually fit environment in which to pursue “the deepening and sharpening of emotional powers.”

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Kundera and the Question of Jewish-Israeli Identity

Posted on September 28, 2023
Image: Bougainvillea in Jerusalem by Mathilde Pée/Unsplash.

Kundera chose to take the long view, reflecting on the relationship between the Jews and Europe, and, more broadly, on the Jews and that European, literary spirit to which he saw himself heir.

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