Nonfiction

Essays

Stoppard’s Arcadia

A ramble through Stoppard’s best play. Antioch Review, Spring 1996, Vol. 54, Issue 2 (Read)

It’s … a Bird

Extreme birdwatching. Seattle Review, Winter 2001, Vol. XXIII, No. 2 (Read)
Reprinted in From the Finger Lakes: A Prose Anthology. Reviewed in the Ithaca Times: “David Guaspari makes birdwatching cool and funny in the old, unironic way only those actually devoted to something can”

Picture Perfect

A ramble through Randal Jarrell’s Pictures from an Institution. The Weekly Standard, Dec. 5, 2005 (Read)

Enderby Upstairs

A ramble through Anthony Burgess’s four Enderby novels. New English Review, January 2007. (Read)

Homage to Patagonia

Some too-cushy-to-be-macho hiking at the end of the world. The Weekly Standard, Jan. 5, 2010 (Read)

Republicans in Ithaca: The few, the proud …

Tilting at windmills. The Weekly Standard, Sept. 20, 2010 (Read)

Sponge Bob 101

The philosophy of “and Philosophy.” The Weekly Standard, Jan. 25, 2012 (Read)

To Everest and Back

A trek to Everest Base Camp. The Weekly Standard, May 11, 2015 (Read)

Remembering Bob and Ray

A tribute to the great comedy duo. National Review Online, March 12, 2016 (Read)

Resolved to play

Reminiscence of an attempt, in early middle age, to improve my piano playing. The Weekly Standard, Oct. 10 2016 (Read)

Room at the Top

A trip to Greenland and Iceland. The Weekly Standard, Feb. 6 2017. (Read)

Dowdy Night

Making fun of Dorothy Sayers. National Review Online, June 3 2017. (Read)

Reviews

Book reviews in the Commentary archive:

The New Bill James Historical Baseball Abstract, by Bill James, July/Aug 2002 (Read)

A Tour of the Calculus, by David Berlinski, April 1997 (Read)

Newton’s Optical Writings, by Dennis L. Sepper, July 1995 (Read)

Overcoming Math Anxiety, by Sheila Tobias, Oct. 1994 (Read)

Book reviews in the New Criterion archive:

Time Travel: A History, by James Gleick, Jan. 2017 (Read)

Nabokov in America, by Robert Roper, Oct. 2015 (Read)

The Getaway Car: A Donald Westlake Nonfiction Miscellany, ed. Levi Stahl, May 2015 (Read)

Infinitesimal: How a Dangerous Mathematical Theory Shaped the Modern World, by Amir Alexander, March 2015 (Read)

An Aristotelian Realist Philosophy of Mathematics, by James Franklin, Sept. 2014 (Read)

Book reviews in the Weekly Standard archive:

Genius at Play, by Siobhan Roberts, 11/30/2015

Bird Sense, by Tim Birkhead, 10/21/2013

King of Infinite Space, by David Berlinski, 2/18/2013

Damn Yankees, ed. Rob Fleder and Pinstripe Empire, by Marty Appel, 7/23/2012

Inside Jokes, by Matthew M. Hurley, Daniel C. Dennet, and Reginald B. Adams, Jr., 4/9/2012

Galileo, by John Heilbron and Galileo: Watcher of the Skies, by David Wootton, 1/31/2011

It’s What’s Between the Lines that Counts, by Fay Vincent, 7/26/2010

Is God a Mathematician?, by Mario Livio, 9/14/2009

The Unfinished Game, by Keith Devlin, 6/22/2009

Aristotle and an Aardvark Go to Washington, by Thomas Cathcart and Daniel Klein, 1/19/2009

The Best of All Possible Worlds: Mathematics and Destiny, by Ivar Ekeland, 10/6/2009

Symmetry: A Journey into the Patterns of Nature, by Marcus du Sautoy, 5/12/2008

The Pythagorean Theorem: A 4,000-Year History, by Eli Maor, 2/25/2008

The Backwash Squeeze and Other Improbable Feats: A Newcomer’s Journey into the World of Bridge, by Edward McPherson, 12/24/2007

Symmetry and the Monster: The Story of One of the Greatest Quests of Mathematics, by Mark Ronan, 3/19/2007

Incompleteness: The Proof and Paradox of Kurt Gödel, by Rebecca Goldstein, 6/19/2006

Gentle Regrets: Thoughts From a Life, by Roger Scruton, 4/3/2006

Wittgenstein’s Poker: The Story of a Ten-Minute Argument Between Two Great Philosophers, by David Edmonds and John Eidinow, 4/15/2002

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