Reflections on disease in the time of Ebola
OCTOBER 23, 2014 by SARAH SKWIRE
Can historical memory help us confront the plagues of the 21st century?
Wheeling, dealing and saving in the 17th century
OCTOBER 09, 2014 by SARAH SKWIRE
Samuel Pepys's diary (1660–1669) allows readers to track his substantial increase in wealth over the course of a decade.
From risky surgery to lithotripsy
SEPTEMBER 25, 2014 by SARAH SKWIRE
A 17th-century sufferer of "bladder stones" reminds us how far we've come in medical innovations that ease our pain and make us better.
A Guardian writer frets about anti-statism in young adult fiction
SEPTEMBER 05, 2014 by SARAH SKWIRE
Young adult fiction is supposed to poke holes in the pieties of today's parents along with paternalism writ large.
The Princess Bride reminds us that human action is unpredictable
AUGUST 28, 2014 by SARAH SKWIRE
The man of system always runs into the inconceivable. That's because he can't conceive of other people who also make plans.
AUGUST 14, 2014 by SARAH SKWIRE
A play commemorating Magna Carta demonstrates nothing so much as the difficulty of making fine words on paper provide liberty in the real world.
JULY 31, 2014 by SARAH SKWIRE
The English country house has long inspired fascination; for early poets, though, it inspired its fair share of unease.
In movies and markets, real power lies with the unwashed masses
JULY 17, 2014 by ROBERT ANTHONY PETERS
The story behind Gone with the Wind has a lot more in common with Human Action than you'd probably expect.
JULY 03, 2014 by SARAH SKWIRE
Shakespeare's Taming of the Shrew exemplifies how people can reach intimate, private agreements about how they'll relate to one another.