Walter Laqueur: Toward an Intellectual Appreciation
The passing of Walter Laqueur at age 97 is a sad watershed in the intellectual life in the West. We will not see his likes again.
The facts of his life are astonishing enough: born in Breslau, he left his native…
The Anthropology of Billy Joel
Somewhere far away at the height of that fraught summer of 2016, politicians were making speeches, but at Madison Square Garden Billy Joel was playing his monthly show to a packed house. Who were these people and what was their experience?
Radicalization and the Grain of Sand
The story is now familiar to the point of cliché. The parents immigrate to the West filled with hope but their children fail to thrive. The children fit in, but only superficially. They may be successful in some things, be well-liked and otherwise indistinguishable from anyone else of…