Book Review – Platitudes Undone

Book Review – Platitudes Undone

In 1911, Holbrook Jackson, a British journalist and socialist, privately published a little book called Platitudes in the Making, Precepts & Advices for Gentlefolk. G.K. Chesterton, a friend of Holbrook’s, received an autographed copy, and amused himself by handwriting witty responses to each of Holbrook’s nuggets of advice. How do…

1984 in 2021

1984 in 2021

Orwell gave us a good look at what’s beneath the surface. Quite relevant: Key dialog: “How does one man assert power over another? By making him suffer Exactly. Obedience is not enough. Power is inflicting pain and humiliation. Otherwise, you cannot be sure. Power is tearing human minds apart… and…

Can Human Behavior Be Explained?

Can Human Behavior Be Explained?

In Notes from Underground, Fyodor Dostoevsky tries to explain the seemingly irrational behavior of humans in psychological terms. First published in 1864, the novella is a fascinating character study that has been called the first existentialist work of fiction. The narrator, “Underground Man,” is quite unreliable; since you can’t trust…