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title page treatment for "Not Exactly A Hermit" by Danny Heitman

Not Exactly a Hermit: Henry David Thoreau

Henry David Thoreau went in for society, but on his own terms.

Photo portrait of Barbara Tuchman

The Dramatist

Barbara Tuchman saw history as a grand tragedy

Frenchman weeps as Germans occupy Paris

Julien Green: The End of a World

As Germany occupied France, Green brought Paris to life in his superlative diaries.

Portrait of Friedrich Nietzsche

Nietzsche Is Dead

The battle for Nietzsche's legacy began when Count Hary Kessler met Elisabeth Forster-Nietzsche.

Illustration of medieval mystery play.

The Body of Christ

Theology became flesh and blood in the sacred street theater of medieval England.

The hero of Gilgamesh ruled the ancient city of Uruk circa 2750 BCE.

Lessons from a Demigod

Gilgamesh was a brutal tyrant who foolishly tried to defeat death.

James Agee portrait, standing in a window.

Let Us Now Praise James Agee

The journalist who pioneered serious film criticism showed a cinematic touch in all of his writing.

Etching of Rousseau

Friends of Rousseau

Some of the people he has influenced don't even realize it.

Wendell Berry with arm around statue

The Thing (or Things) About Wendell Berry

An Appreciation by Mark Bittman

Churchill and FDR at Second Washington Conference

Friends and Allies

Over their staffs' objections, Roosevelt and Churchill set in motion the invasion of North Africa.