Joseph Conrad

Putin

The Ukrainian Crisis and the Geopolitics of Christendom

The secularized former Christendom is facing off against a Russia that wants to reclaim its imperialist - and Christian - past.

Jungle Fever: Reading for the Heart of the Summer

There is something distantly primal and tribal about summer, when sunny days and sultry nights seem to unconsciously conjure up the sense, or scent, of a wilder side of humanity. Something naked and free. Something delightful yet dangerous. These are, after all, the lazy, hazy, crazy days of summer. Whether it is the warm pulse [...]

A Near Near-Death Experience

   Call it the Lord Jim Effect. Like the hero of Joseph Conrad's great novel, most of us go along most of the time thinking we know ourselves pretty well. Then something happens -- a new experience, a new friend, a crisis -- to open our eyes to a previously overlooked piece of the puzzle [...]

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