Articles of Note

Machiavelli was brilliant, ruthless, cunning, clear-eyed, mercurial, a little boastful, and pathetic. But a comedian?... more »

New Books

More than 40 English translations of The Iliad in the 19th century, another 30 in the 20th, and eight in the 21st: Do we really need another one? ... more »

Essays & Opinions

Leonard and Virginia Woolf. Penniless, suicidal, and horrified by sex, he kept her away from London and in bed by 11. Then there was his habit of interrupting her work... more »