Kingdom of Priests
January 1, 1970 Archives

In the new issue of The American Scholar, Nabokov biographer Brian Boyd tries to explain how a universe unguided by divine purpose can still have meaning. Most of the essay, “Purpose-Driven Life,” is pure blather, largely unreadable. But his simple point seems to […]

In the New York Times this morning, the day before Passover, the usually thoughtful and humane columnist David Brooks invites us to re-enslave ourselves to Pharaoh, king of Egypt. Not just Jews, either, but everybody. That’s the unstated message of his […]

Today, a couple of days before Passover, a friend told me something that pained me. When he was a kid, his father, who was a lawyer, would inform him of how much in billable hours his time was worth, and […]