Alejandro Jenkins

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A Few Words On Beauty

There's a wonderful "Calvin and Hobbes" comic strip where Calvin wakes up in the middle of the night and calls


In the Cold Light of Reason

Reading Gnter Grass's recent Nobel Lecture I was struck by two things: it's rather disjointed--like it was written in a


A Fool's Complaint

A Harvard instructor of my acquaintance tells a good anecdote about the contrast between the American and the European educational


The Queen In Parliament

Today's State Opening of Parliament in the United Kingdom once again showcases that very British taste for traditional formalities. The


On the Subject of Blasphemy

In Flaubert's last novel, Bouvard and Pecuchet , two middle-aged copyists come into an inheritance and move to the countryside


The Misanthrope Turns Twenty

In Sylvie and Bruno, one of the lesser-known works by the author of Alice in Wonderland, Bruno tells Sylvie that


Twilight of the Simpsons

People have remarked that for me conversation is largely an excuse to quote "The Simpsons". Those who make it past

Rethinking the Meaning of Love

T hese days few ethical tenets go unchallenged by a world increasingly suspicious of absolutes. Yet in contemporary Western culture,