Politics, personal integrity and loyalty to one’s country.

What does success mean in politics? What is the relationship between political expedience and personal integrity? How do we reconcile individual conscience and loyalty to power? These are questions that have always fascinated me, not only due to their continuous relevance in political matters, but also due to the passion with which people may answer... Continue Reading →

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‘Consider the Lobster’ by David Foster Wallace

Exhilaration. The joy of surprise. A sense of guilt for not having done something before. That is what I felt when I recently read David Foster Wallace’s 2004 essay, ‘Consider the Lobster’, for the first time. I’d read about this essay a number of times before and I knew how important its author is (was—sadly,... Continue Reading →

Suspension: An Essay on Flying

Suspend (verb) Temporarily prevent from continuing or being in force or effect. Hang from somewhere. No matter how often I fly, my body never feels prepared for that moment when the plane leaps off the ground. I have been on planes often enough to know the routine well…the taxying, the turning, the standing still, the... Continue Reading →

Echoes in Amiens

​This week, I am in Amiens, France, to speak at a conference on 'Echoes of Echo in British Literature from the Renaissance to the Present'. I've chosen to speak about William Hazlitt's very frequent quoting (and misquoting) of William Shakespeare in his essays. You can get more information as well as catch a glimpse of... Continue Reading →

Today, we look at Charles Lamb (1775-1834), who many consider to be one of the greatest English essayists of all time. A contemporary and friend of key minds and writers of the time, including Wordsworth, Coleridge, and Hazlitt, Lamb is not read as widely as he should be. This, I believe, is a pity not... Continue Reading →

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