We're thrilled to announce that the always brilliant is joining the magazine as a columnist. Here's his first, from the February issue
This is so good, so calming, so conducive to humility, good thinking, productive discussion. From
Much public discourse devolves into purity tests that hew to a two-party political system—you're either all-in, or you're out. Thomas Chatterton Williams's () first column for us explores the usefulness of political incoherence.
"What our society sorely misses now is not some sterling ideological consistency but rather a genuine liberalism that is strong and supple enough to look for ways to build on who we are, in all our human incongruity." TY via
"In a Manichaean world such as ours, the degree to which one refuses to become not just a partisan but a recycler of ideological talking points is the extent to which one descends into 'incoherence.'" Must-read first column for .
"Hannah Arendt argued forcefully that life is perspectival: reality appears different from different angles. It is made most legible through an abundance of views. It is only 'guaranteed by the presence of others.'”
I am extremely flattered
Read "What our society sorely misses now is not some sterling ideological consistency but rather a genuine liberalism that is strong and supple enough to look for ways to build on who we are, in all our human incongruity." via
"Hannah Arendt argued forcefully that life is perspectival: reality appears different from different angles. It is made most legible through an abundance of views. It is only 'guaranteed by the presence of others.'" Ever brilliant
"One of the outgrowths of the moment in which we find ourselves is a profound unease with ambiguity or multidimensionality of any sort—moral, intellectual, ideological, political, artistic. Clarity is what’s most yearned for."
“The country is not a graduate program...” Amen, , for this magnanimous first Easy Chair essay . Courageous and wise.
Very interesting column on the virtue of embracing competing values
Here is ⁦⁩ excellent and thought provoking debut piece for Harper’s
"What our society sorely misses now is not some sterling ideological consistency but rather a genuine liberalism that is strong and supple enough to look for ways to build on who we are, in all our human incongruity." [email protected]
[Easy Chair] An Incoherent Truth, by Thomas Chatterton Williams | Harper's Magazine
An Incoherent Truth, by Thomas Chatterton Williams | via
A lot of clarity brought to the whole conversation about political/viewpoint "tribalism" etc in this excellent piece by