To understand how a spurned first lady can metamorphose into a presidential front-runner, let us follow one mastermind into the thicket of 19th-century marriage and politics. Review of Daisy Hay's Mr. and Mrs. Disraeli in the January/February Atlantic.
Peter Mandler and I have assessed the claims of The History Manifesto in a critique written for the American Historical Review. David Armitage and Jo Guldi will have a reply.
You can download a PDF of the critique and accompanying figures here.
Edward St. Aubyn's a sword-juggler, but in Lost for Words, he's making do with table knives.
Review in the June American Prospect: http://prospect.org/article/have-literary-prizes-lost-their-meaning-have...
Look closely at the emergence of our modern style, and you can see politics in the fabric seams. We have the 1930s to thank for a by-now-familiar paradox: Americans' clothes became more similar even as their bodies diverged along class lines.
My piece in the May Atlantic.
Why literature -- and not photography -- produced the iconic images of World War I. My piece in the December Atlantic.
"Shame: A Human History," Chicago Humanities Festival
Sunday, the 13th of October, 1:30-2:30.
Tuesday, October 1, 2013