Three-Sentence Takedown of The Handmaid’s Tale

With all the lethality and economy of a Kurosawa film, Anthony Esolen takes apart Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale:

Clichés are easy. So we bring up our children on clichés.

Everyone knows that men are beasts and that religious people are bigots. Run with those clichés and you have Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale. I might add that it’s a great book to assign to young people, if only for the imbecilic prose, in the poseur’s style of Thoughts Too Great for Complete Sentences.

Ten Ways To Destroy the Imagination of Your Child, 101-02


Short Review: The New Historicism

A short review of The New Historicism (edited by H. Aram Veeser):


This volume collects essays from a handful of prominent New Historicist critics and really does provide a good representative sampling of a ‘school’ notorious for resisting classification. Generally, the approach to literature is rhetorically and intellectually dishonest (essentially because being a 21st century Marxist is like being a follower of that crazy pastor who Continue reading