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September 9, 2013
David Bromwich on Democracy and War with...
There is a tendency of men of power, especially great power in the United States, to become so isolated that their thinking grows fantastic. I just mean: dominated by fantasy....|
March 18, 2013
David Bromwich: on the Rand Paul “Convergence”
…During the Cold War we faced an enemy that could annihilate us, as we could annihilate them if there were a nuclear war. And yet we didn’t commit all of...|
June 7, 2012
David Bromwich on The Emperor’s New Language
David Bromwich is locating our 2012 distress in our language — or lack of it. It is reunion season at Yale, 50 years after President Kennedy addressed my graduating class...|
October 12, 2011
David Bromwich: Obama and the measure of...
Click to listen to Chris’ conversation with David Bromwich (32 minutes, 16 mb mp3) David Bromwich is my refuge from the chatter and fog of politics. Sterling Professor of English...|
December 23, 2010
David Bromwich on the “Disappointment in Obama”
David Bromwich, the Sterling Professor of English at Yale, reads Barack Obama like a book — as if he were a book, that is. With the novelist Zadie Smith, he...|
June 23, 2010
Bromwich’s Edmund Burke: “America is out of...
David Bromwich is channeling the lost conservative voice of Edmund Burke, the missing wisdom on our mad Afghanistan misadventure. This is what Yale’s Sterling Professors of Literature are for, now...|
November 10, 2009
David Bromwich on Obama: Looking at Words...
Click to listen to Chris’s conversation with David Bromwich (41 minutes, 19 mb mp3). It’s a measure of the change in the discourse that David Bromwich, Yale’s Sterling Professor of...|
July 13, 2017
The Concord Circle & the Birth of...
Henry David Thoreau on his 200th birthday has invited us back to his woodsy, watery old town of Concord, Massachusetts where crystalline American prose was born and grew up. “The...|
March 16, 2017
Welcome to Our Neoliberal World
In recent weeks, our comments section has been filled with request to define a term we use constantly on this show: neoliberalism. For people who like buzzwords parsed and spelled...|
January 19, 2017
The Obama Years
What the “Yes I Can” president wanted most of all was to bring together a robust democracy in spirit if not every line of substance. What he ran into was...|
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