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The Summarize-Henry-James Competition

It’s an eternally recurring topic, simply because it’s such great fun: Great Writers Whom One Doesn’t Like to Read. T. S. Eliot’s line that “[Henry James] had a mind so fine that no idea could violate it” has been used by many to explain why they dislike James; but Eliot apparently intended that line as a compliment. So, as a public service to all Americans who are up late at night trying to put into words why they dislike Henry James, I offer the following — a quote within a quote in Saul Bellow’s Humboldt’s Gift that I somehow don’t remember from the first time I read that book: “‘Good old Henry James, of whom Mrs. Henry Adams said that he chewed more than he bit off . . .’”

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The Summarize-Henry-James Competition

It’s an eternally recurring topic, simply because it’s such great fun: Great Writers Whom One Doesn’t Like to Read. T. S. Eliot’s line that “[Henry James] had a mind so fine that no idea could violate it” has been used by many to explain why they dislike James; but Eliot apparently intended that line ... Read More
Politics & Policy

‘We Can’t Afford It’

Leon Trotsky — n.b., Millennials: He was Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez before she was — understood the power of single-payer systems: “The old principle: who does not work shall not eat, has been replaced with a new one: who does not obey shall not eat.” The socialist powers of Trotsky’s time made good on ... Read More
U.S.

When the Press Sees Red

You’ve probably seen the viral footage of a Native American beating his drum, surrounded by a crowd of students from Covington Catholic high school. One of them, wearing a MAGA hat, is right in front of him, with a smirk on his face. It was an odd moment combining the end of the March for Life, which the ... Read More