One Bloody Magic Word

One Magic Wordby Simone Weil One magic word today seems capable of compensating for all sufferings, resolving all anxieties, avenging the past,…

Plutarch on Spartacus

The insurrection of the gladiators and their devastation of Italy, which is generally called the war of Spartacus, originated as follows: one…

Slavery and the Romans

Tools of the Trade by Peter Stothard Around two thousand years ago, a Latin poet described a farmer named Simylus making a…

The Red Peony

In Greek mythology the peony is tied to a nymph named Paeonia. The beautiful maiden attracts the attention of Apollo, who flirts…

E.B. White: “Death of a Pig”

“I just wanted to keep on raising a pig, full meal after full meal, spring into summer into fall.”https://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/1948/01/death-pig/309203/…

Los Angeles, 1883

With the beginning of the prosperity of the City of the Angels came the end of its primeval peace. Spanish viceroys, Mexican…