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Baron Wormser: Doing Great

If a book can be both good-natured and lacerating, Voltaire’s  is that book. 

January 22, 2023 · 6 Comments

Baron Wormser: Remembering the Alchemists & Other Essays 

One sentence speaks for all his direct, well-wrought sentences: “We are inside the largest militarist society the world has ever known, and we are at war always.”

January 11, 2023 · 1 Comment

Vox Populi: The 15 most popular posts of 2022

During 2022, Vox Populi published 737 posts including poetry, essays and short films. Here are the fifteen most visited.

December 27, 2022 · 2 Comments

Baron Wormser: Lives of the Heroes

 When I was a boy, around the ages of nine and ten, I read dozens of biographies. I can still see the books.

December 11, 2022 · 7 Comments

Baron Wormser: The Nightmare of Power

Over and over, I read and hear about power. The United States is a power, a great power, a super-power locked in ineluctable contests with other powers that pundits comment … Continue reading

December 4, 2022 · 5 Comments

Richard Cambridge: In Medias Res

Tom, the eldest son of Daniel and Helen Brownson, tells his parents he has dropped out of college. He is now in the crosshairs of the draft board and will be re-classified 1-A — a good chance he will be sent to — and possibly die in Vietnam.

November 4, 2022 · 2 Comments

Baron Wormser: Against Hope

Hope gives us a margin for our industriousness that keeps inventing new purposes for new machines, an industriousness that often seems to be only making everything worse. 

October 23, 2022 · 19 Comments

Baron Wormser: The Shuffle

Lost my soul in the shuffle.
Got a self instead.
Not a fair deal, not even-Steven,
Not Roger-dodger.

September 8, 2022 · 8 Comments

Baron Wormser: “Technology is our fate” 

Thus spoke the high-modernist architect Mies van der Rohe in the middle of the twentieth century. Nothing since then has refuted his remark. If anything, a good deal more fuel … Continue reading

August 21, 2022 · 11 Comments

Baron Wormser: Oona

When you have a dog, you get to participate in another creature’s being, a creature who wants to be with you, a human being.

August 6, 2022 · 21 Comments

Baron Wormser: Ghosts

All the chatter about “family values” presupposes that women pick up whatever difficulties they are faced with and go forward with a happy, maternal smile. Seduced and abandoned does not exist in such an aggressively wholesome universe.

July 11, 2022 · 9 Comments

Baron Wormser: Conspiracy and Character

Not so strangely, the events of January 6 have a Roman cast to them as a vengeful, self-styled emperor urges the plebeians to attack the Capitol

June 24, 2022 · 3 Comments

Baron Wormser: The Mythos of the Gun 

Beneath the easy-going, have-a-nice day American exterior is some serious anti-social feeling that does not wish anyone who is somehow different a nice day, that wishes them a bad day, a you-shouldn’t-exist day, an I-would-kill-you-if-I-could day.

June 1, 2022 · 5 Comments

Baron Wormser: A Poetry Proposal

There is no shortage of poems and no shortage of strategies to deliver the poems. The failing lies in our wariness. It’s true: to embrace poetry is to embrace a degree of uncertainty. Yet what else is life?

May 13, 2022 · 6 Comments

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