The Quality of Objects

The Quality of Objects

Art and Objects by Graham Harman. Polity, 2019. Hardcover, 240 pages, $70 (Paper, $25). Reviewed by Scott Beauchamp One of the most dreadful afflictions of our time is not being able to tell where things begin or end. Or if they have an autonomous “self” at all. You...
Homesick for Eternity

Homesick for Eternity

Incurable: The Haunted Writings of Lionel Johnson, the Decadent Era’s Dark Angel by Lionel Johnson, edited by Nina Antonia. Strange Attractor Press, 2019. Paperback, 216 pages, $20. Reviewed by Scott Beauchamp The German-Korean philosopher Byung-Chul Han writes in The...
Psychedelic Utopia

Psychedelic Utopia

Outside Looking In: A Novel by T. C. Boyle Ecco, 2019. Hardcover, 400 pages, $28. Reviewed by Scott Beauchamp “Honesty and wisdom are such a delightful pastime, at another person’s expense!” —Nathaniel Hawthorne, The Blithedale Romance It isn’t too much of a...
Finding Wisdom at Dusk

Finding Wisdom at Dusk

The Unnamable Present by Roberto Calasso. Translated by Richard Dixon. Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2019. Hardcover, 208 pages, $26. Reviewed by Scott Beauchamp We’re living in strange times. There’s a pervasive sense of a cultural dusk, in many ways, in which...
The Doctor as Moralist

The Doctor as Moralist

The Proper Procedure and Other Stories by Theodore Dalrymple. New English Review Press, 2017. Paperback, 162 pages, $19. Reviewed by Scott Beauchamp The phenomenon of the literary doctor presents an interesting case in reading biography into a literary oeuvre. They...

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