Archive for November 2013

The Anti-multitasker, RIP

The Stanford professor who debunked the myth of effective multitasking, Clifford Nass, died unexpectedly of a heart attack on November 2. But he leaves behind his interesting work on the way humans interact with technology, and how some of ...

The Triumph of the Liberal State

First published in Dutch as De triomf van de liberale staat in the anthology Essays Over Het Midden (Groningen, The Netherlands: Uitgeverij de Blauwe Tijger, 2013) It was sometime back in the Dark Ages—by which I mean the 1960’s—that I watc...

The Monster and the City

“I was, besides, endued with a figure hideously deformed and loathsome; I was not even of the same nature as man.” So says Frankenstein’s creature. After being animated, the beast fled from the laboratory and embarked on a painful jou...

Gravity’s Rainbow

If a rainbow is a symbol of hope, there’s a bright ‘bow in the sky’ to be found in Alfonso Cuarón’s Gravity.  And, just maybe, the movie might be an actual summons, in 3D, to a full-fledged Chestertonian revolution. ...

Politics on a Human Scale: Book Review

Politics on a Human Scale: The American Tradition of Decentralism. Jeff Taylor.  Sept. 2013.  582 pages.  Lexington Books. On occasion a political book emerges with such a wealth of information and evidence of discernment that it alters the...

Poems about God

I’m in the middle of writing a short essay on John Crowe Ransom’s first book, Poems about God (1919).  In his early poems even more obviously than in the later work that made him one of the most influential minor American poets ...