When I was a graduate student, the leading spirits at Harvard were interested in the history of ideas.
When something startlingly new comes up, young people, especially, seize it. You can't complain about that. I think its heyday… (read more)
John Updike is always fun. And one of my former students, Tom Pynchon. And Harold Bloom, another former student.
The survival of artistic modes in which we recognize ourselves, identify ourselves and place ourselves will survive as long as… (read more)
The theories of the major philosophers of the 18th century secular enlightenment were biblical and theological in spite of themselves.
We are human, and nothing is more interesting to us than humanity.
We worked on solving the problem of voice communications in a noisy military environment. We established military codes that are… (read more)
Hard work makes easy reading or, at least, easier reading.