The attraction of lunatic balls seems to have come not only from the fear of violence or unpredictability in asylum-dwellers’s behaviour, but from the existential threat of being forced to ponder the blurry distinction between sanity and insanity.— Linda Besner
2014 felt like a long, cruel object lesson in disappointment. Should we really have expected better?
From Leslie Jamison to Roxane Gay to Charles D’Ambrosio, 2014 was a perhaps uncommonly good year for essays. How did we get here?
In this excerpt from Red Heat, Alex von Tunzelmann looks at how the failed Bay of Pigs Invasion changed the balance of power during the Cold War.
The author of 33 Artists in 3 Acts discusses whether being an artist means knowing how to do life drawing, art as a financial asset, and the rise of Lena Dunham.
David Foster Wallace’s big concerns live on in the interviews of Jaden and Willow Smith.
The authors discuss the influence of visual art in their writing, working to rap music, and the hypnotic smell of oil paints.
In this ancient Pompeii, sex was marketed unapologetically, with a directness that would shame the most mercenary of modern advertisers. Independent sex workers used graffiti to advise clients of prices and locations, while erotic frescos functioned as non-verbal signage for brothels, luring in passersby.— Alexandra Kimball
Bully Billy drove a Huffy, upped the ante,
ghost rode his bike into Audi car doors.
Five crew cut stepbrothers back from the army
would knuckle punch the family puppy.
That scrapper, his out-of-season t-shirt,
the playground and the flashed Playboy playing
cards. Any new kid was bound to get hurt.
That collective sigh when he moved away.
A stint teaching at a writer’s workshop in Ramallah leads the author to examine the Palestinian resistance through the literature that has shaped it. An excerpt from the latest Hazlitt Original.
How royalty went from almighty overlords to household mongrels — a new perspective on the monarchy. An excerpt from the latest Hazlitt Original.