To the New York Islands

Okay, Pete Seeger may just be cooler than Obama. Maybe cooler than Dylan.My favorite verse, which I don’t think I’ve ever heard before, begins “In the squares of the city,” a little over two minutes in. The dig at private property that follows...

Ahab by MC Lars

Later this morning I’ll be giving the last lecture of my Conversations of the West class, wrapping up the course’s treatment of how Moby-Dick engages with its cultural inheritances from the ancient Greek, Biblical, and early modern English traditions....

My Fellow New Yorkers

It was nice to see Secretary of State-designee Hillary Clinton acknowledge the citizens of her adopted state at President-Elect Obama’s press conference on Monday. Obama had described Clinton’s appointment as “a sign to friend and foe of the...

Call Me Barack

I know the election is over and we’re supposed to be getting back to history as usual, but there’s no way we’re not blogging this. Yglesias thought what set him apart was his comic book collecting, and I’ll agree that’s cool. (But Spidey?...