Articles by Robert McHenry
The Truth, Probably
Sunday, August 31, 2014
- We will never attain certainty about our concerns, but with care and luck we approach it by increments. Above all, we learn to be skeptical of grand visions ...
Lost, in Theory
Thursday, May 1, 2014
- A new book holds that full and faithful translation from one language to another is not possible, hence World Literature cannot be.
Books vs. Literature
Tuesday, January 21, 2014
- Publishers and postmodernism are contributing to the death of the humanities.
‘Because’ Is the New ‘Whatever’
Tuesday, December 10, 2013
- The emergence of a new grammatical entity signifies an elision not of words but of the orderly thought that is the precondition of orderly expression. We see a ...
The Words, They Are A-Changing
Thursday, August 1, 2013
- What is the role of the humble dictionary in an era when word usage changes by the hour?
A Dream Delayed: Man’s Mission to Mars
Friday, March 15, 2013
- NASA has decided that private enterprise will have to take on the job of reaching Mars. A new generation of space-minded tycoons is ready for the mission. We ...
Sweat and Honor
Friday, January 25, 2013
- Is a genuine sports hero possible in our fallen but oh-so-very-knowing times?
Death Panels, Revisited
Friday, December 7, 2012
- When it comes to doling out medical care, especially life-preserving care, we all begin to get a little squeamish. No one wants to be the one who says no. We ...
Reflections of a Casual Fan
Wednesday, November 21, 2012
- I have but one love in sports and it is an unfortunate one. I love Northwestern football.
On the Origins of Bunk
Saturday, August 25, 2012
- As Representative Todd Akin’s recent statement shows, we all don’t know lots of things. But no matter how much we don’t know, saying ‘I don’t know’ is never ...
‘Despair, Destitution, and Undiluted Evil’
Friday, May 18, 2012
- What a difference a century makes in the portrayal of country folk.
Science vs. PR
Friday, May 11, 2012
- How a piece of journeyman work is turned into patently junk science.
Friday, March 16, 2012
- Encyclopædia Britannica has decided to stop printing the paper version—a move that's been in the works for over two decades.
The Problem with Bambi-nomics
Friday, January 27, 2012
- On Mitt Romney, Bain Capital, and modern political discourse.
Bringing Mr. Smith to Washington
Saturday, September 24, 2011
- As a nation we insist on maintaining a fiction that any citizen is qualified to legislate.
Et in Arcade Ego
Friday, March 25, 2011
- Could video games develop some skills that can solve real-world problems? Probably not.
Culture and Its Discontents
Friday, November 5, 2010
- Matthew Arnold understood that culture is a permanent invitation to all to stand upon the shoulders of giants who have gone before.
Thursday, March 25, 2010
- Like the poor, we seem always to have with us those who insist upon their own views. They are never less than certain. And, knowing, they feel ...
A Man and His Plan
Wednesday, December 30, 2009
- You have probably never heard of Francis Everett Townsend, but his enormous and controversial legacy is with us today.
The Death of the Cool
Friday, November 20, 2009
- Cool was once associated with reticence, savoir-faire, and irony, none of which is much practiced or regarded these days.
Marx, Hubbard, and the Totalitarian Impulse
Thursday, August 20, 2009
- An overweening philosopher and a scam artist. What brings them together in an intelligible category? Each man proposed, without embarrassment, a total ...
Lincoln and Inaugurations Past and Present
Friday, January 16, 2009
- It is part of our common inherited good fortune to be of one of those ages to which Lincoln belongs.
About That Message to Garcia...
Wednesday, November 26, 2008
- A signature American homily offers lessons on initiative, loyalty, hard work, and enterprise.
When an Epoch Began
Wednesday, October 15, 2008
- How IBM, the census, and Emily Dickinson define an epoch.
What’s in a Name?
Tuesday, July 22, 2008
- A declaration of identity was once a declaration of responsibility. What does that mean in an age of mass anonymity?