Micah Mattix, AmericanConservative

Micah Mattix

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Virginia Beach, VA, United States

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Recent articles by Micah:

Holiday Reading | The American Conservative

Good morning. Thanksgiving is just around the corner, and I am sure that many of you are looking forward to the change of the pace that a holiday brings. I certainly am. (I’ll be taking three days off, so no Prufrock for the rest of the week.) It is also prime book recommendation season. The Wall Street Journal published a packed book gift guide last weekend, which included several topical… → Read More

First Complete T. Rex Skeleton

The North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences makes an exciting announcement → Read More

Are Literary Prizes Rigged?

In ASAP, Juliana Spahr and Stephanie Young write about what they learned when they looked at the winners and judges of 40 literary prizes in the United → Read More

Disappearing Down Syndrome in Denmark

Soon there may be no Dane with Down syndrome. Is that a good thing? → Read More

Living in the Present

In the latest issue of Harper’s, Chris Beha wonders if our obsession with the future is the result of an increasingly impoverished view of the past: > For most of human history, time was understood to proceed in cycles—the annual cycle of seasons; the generational cycle of life; in a longer view, the civilizational cycle of ‘ages’—each returning us to where we’d begun. For better or worse,… → Read More

The Real Thomas More

Eamon Duffy considers the inaccuracies of Hilary Mantel’s Wolf Hall trilogy → Read More

Wordsworth’s Plain Speech

The poet did what few writers are able to do--combine a conservative disposition with innovation → Read More

If You Thought 2020 Was Bad, Just Wait for the Next Ten Years

Graeme Wood talks to Peter Turchin about his model of the rise and fall of civilizations: > The fundamental problems, he says, are a dark triad of social maladies: a bloated elite class, with too few elite jobs to go around; declining living standards among the general population; and a government that can’t cover its financial positions. His models, which track these factors in other… → Read More

Beowulf as Bro | The American Conservative

A new translation tries to modernize the Old English poem and fails → Read More

Political Posturing Lit

Larissa Pham argues self-aware political posturing is bad for literature and culture → Read More

The Online Ad Bubble

Will it pop? Tim Hwang thinks so. → Read More

Wittgenstein’s Dictionary

The philosopher published two works during his lifetime—Tractatus Logico-Philosophicus and a dictionary for elementary school students → Read More

The Tragedy of Ezra Pound

William Wall reviews Massimo Bacigalupo's new book on Pound's Cantos, his relationship to Italy, and his politics → Read More

Seeing the Dead | The American Conservative

Patricia Pearson on embracing—and being embraced by—ghosts → Read More

Inanity and Faith in Nikolai Gogol

Gary Saul Morson revisits the life and work fo Russia’s “greatest comic writer” → Read More

In Defense of Trying to Understand Originalism

Oliver Traldi skewers English professors who think they know what originalism means by reading 18th-century novels → Read More

Glenn Greenwald Resigns from The Intercept

He has accused the editors of censoring an article on Hunter and Joe Biden → Read More

When Malcolm X Met the Klan

In Politico, Les Payne and Tamara Payne write about the time Malcolm X and the Ku Klux Klan met to talk about shared interests—like separating the races: “The meeting began with a telegram that was delivered from the Klan at the end of 1960. “At an NOI gathering in Atlanta, 33-year-old Jeremiah X rushed up and handed over over the message, as if passing along a burning ember. The communiqué… → Read More

The Lives of Lucian Freud

Frances Wilson reviews William Feaver’s second--and final--volume on Freud → Read More

The Humanities Inside and Outside Academia

What Allan Bloom got right—and wrong—in his Closing of the American Mind → Read More