Quote of the day

"In football everything is complicated by the presence of the opposing team"
— Jean-Paul Sartre

The Ukrainian School Of War

“Putin remains involved in Ukraine for reasons that seem largely pedagogical. For the West, the message is that Russia will not tolerate meddling in its backyard. For Ukraine the message is that the country cannot survive without Russia’s support. Putin also wants to show Ukrainians that, in the end, the West does not really care about them. Americans will not fight, and Europeans will not provide the money” (800 words)

The Road From Westphalia

Discussion of two new books about America in the world: World Order, by Henry Kissinger; and America In Retreat, by Bret Stephens. The Stephens book can be ignored: “To my knowledge, he is the only serious analyst ever to have explicitly advocated that the US act as the world’s policeman”. Kissinger is far more intelligent, but his thinking is stuck inside an outdated framework of nation-state diplomacy (3,930 words)

Kitchen Rhythm

From the diary of an English baker working in a Parisian patisserie. “If the hot sugar hits your skin, you will hear a slight hiss — the hiss of a drop of water in a frying pan — before you really feel it. I have burned both cakes and myself. I wear my scars like badges: A thin line from a seven-liter bath of crème pâtissière, an isosceles from the first time I was allowed to make four trays of the cocoa sponge sans farine(3,500 words)

The Fault

Norman Mailer’s portrait of Gary Gilmore, The Executioner’s Song, is still “astonishing” to read 35 years on. “The most potent voices, the ones that stick in your head long after Gary’s bluster has faded, are those of women: Gary’s defeated mother, his deeply moral aunt, and Nicole, his damaged, hopeful girlfriend. All of Mailer’s admiration for Gilmore’s outlaw romance is balanced against the pain and disappointment of these women” (3,640 words)

Enter John Aubrey

There has been little innovation in biography since Boswell’s Life Of Samuel Johnson. Biographers retain a chronological template, aspiring only to “microscopic detail and consequently maximal length”. Ruth Scurr’s John Aubrey: My Own Life shines brightly against that dull background, as a successful bid to do something genuinely new, using Aubrey’s own words to construct what might have been his diary (2,910 words)

Always be interesting.
Never be bored.

Authors, academics and Nobel prize winners rely on The Browser to hand-pick the best writing on the internet every day. Why not join them?

A year's subscription is just $20. You get recommendations by email, easy sending of articles to Kindle, Pocket and Instapaper, and unlimited access to our archive.

Knowledge is pleasure.

Yes! I want pleasure

Already a subscriber? Log in here

Support the Browser

Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipisicing elit, sed do eiusmod tempor incididunt ut labore et dolore magna aliqua. Ut enim ad minim veniam, quis nostrud exercitation ullamco laboris nisi ut aliquip ex ea commodo consequat. Duis aute irure dolor in reprehenderit in voluptate velit esse cillum dolore eu fugiat nulla pariatur. Excepteur sint occaecat cupidatat non proident, sunt in culpa qui officia deserunt mollit anim id est laborum.

Support the Browser

Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipisicing elit, sed do eiusmod tempor incididunt ut labore et dolore magna aliqua. Ut enim ad minim veniam, quis nostrud exercitation ullamco laboris nisi ut aliquip ex ea commodo consequat. Duis aute irure dolor in reprehenderit in voluptate velit esse cillum dolore eu fugiat nulla pariatur. Excepteur sint occaecat cupidatat non proident, sunt in culpa qui officia deserunt mollit anim id est laborum.

Support the Browser

Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipisicing elit, sed do eiusmod tempor incididunt ut labore et dolore magna aliqua. Ut enim ad minim veniam, quis nostrud exercitation ullamco laboris nisi ut aliquip ex ea commodo consequat. Duis aute irure dolor in reprehenderit in voluptate velit esse cillum dolore eu fugiat nulla pariatur. Excepteur sint occaecat cupidatat non proident, sunt in culpa qui officia deserunt mollit anim id est laborum.

Support the Browser

Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipisicing elit, sed do eiusmod tempor incididunt ut labore et dolore magna aliqua. Ut enim ad minim veniam, quis nostrud exercitation ullamco laboris nisi ut aliquip ex ea commodo consequat. Duis aute irure dolor in reprehenderit in voluptate velit esse cillum dolore eu fugiat nulla pariatur. Excepteur sint occaecat cupidatat non proident, sunt in culpa qui officia deserunt mollit anim id est laborum.

Log in to The Browser

Subscribe to The Browser

Welcome to The Browser!

The Browser

Sections

Share via email

Search The Browser

Email Sent

About paid content