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Phono Sapiens

My friend J, a computer programmer, once convinced his former roommate—also a programmer—to watch the Japanese art film Asako I & II, about a woman who falls in love with two identical-looking but different men. J’s roommate sat patiently through this intricate, two-hour . . . . Continue Reading »

Recovering Our Memory

We have no hope that we can raise the next generation to be entirely innocent of Silicon Valley’s tyrannical devices, but if we can teach them to treasure the world of books, we will keep alive in them the world of memory.  Continue Reading »


Union and Absolution Mark Bauerlein, in his insightful piece “A Less Perfect Union” (January), states that the “Southern generals became idols after the war, and rightly so.” Lee and ­Jackson were far superior to the Union generals, especially in the first years of the war. His comments, . . . . Continue Reading »

The Claims of Memory

I write in defense of memory. Not Memory in her gaudy mythological form, the Titan goddess Mnemosyne, mother of the nine Muses—but memory as the glue that holds our lives together and imposes order and continuity amid the blooming buzzing confusion of sensations, thoughts, and activities that . . . . Continue Reading »

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