Archive for May, 2011

It’s quite a remarkable essayist that can take an obscure subject and generate four pages of approachable wisdom out of thin air, without relating a single personal anecdote. Of course, nothing emerges from thin air, and a writer like G.K. Chesterton considers subjects he must have been thinking about for quite some time. But that […]


Bertrand Russell titles like Unpopular Essays and The Conquest of Happiness helped shape the way I write essays and remain among my favourite books. One of the brightest minds of his generation — and certainly among the more privileged — Russell purposely turned away from obscure academic work at one point in his life, embracing […]