It’s hard to categorize David Eggers’s The Circle. The title refers to a powerful, ideological technology company—a kind of fictional hybrid of Facebook, Apple, and Google. The novel examines The Circle’s cult-like atmosphere and the ethical challenges its products present through the eyes of a new employee, Mae Holland.…[...]
As each day’s news cycle brings with it a fresh crisis in the Middle East, it’s understandable if the names and faces of headlines past begin to blur together and then to fade. But while her moment in the spotlight may have passed, the story of Malala Yousafzai still offers insight not only for her own context, but also for the chaos reigning across the region.…[...]
In the chaos that followed the First World War, Yeats wrote of the talking heads of his day: “The best lack all conviction, while the worst are full of passionate intensity.” Yeats looked at the wreck of Europe and saw that, in the court of public opinion, crazy was winning.…[...]
If we are to preserve good works, we must do so through institutions—which means that we must possess the resources necessary to successfully transition from one leader or member to another.
We all think good things should last, but experience tells us they often don’t.…[...]