“The Wondrous Legacy of the Ciliary Hair”: On David George Haskell’s “Sounds Wild and Broken”

JULY 27, 2022 FOR NEARLY THREE billion years, life on Earth was mute. Nothing sang, buzzed, or croaked. Ocean animals swished through the water, but their noises were incidental, reached no one, and served no communicative purpose. The only sounds โ€” wind, rain, thunder โ€” merely emphasize the vast emptiness. If not for the miracle … Read more

Pragmatic and Passionate, Cunning and Callous: On David S. Brown’s “The First Populist: The Defiant Life of Andrew Jackson”

JULY 11, 2022 EVEN 175 YEARS after his death, Andrew Jackson is still all the rage, and a continual source of outrage. During the unexpected rise of Donald Trump to the presidency in 2016, Steve Bannon and other pundits compared to the future 45th president to Jackson, ascribing to him a similar status as a … Read more