Blake SmithBlake Smith is a Harper Schmidt Fellow at the University of Chicago. He is a historian of modern France and a translator of contemporary francophone fiction. He writes for such popular media outlets as Tablet and Aeon.
The Covid-19 epidemic has me feeling stuck. I’m held in place by confinement, border closures and quarantines, and held in time by the deferral, or cancellation, of the future—a year’s […]More
Liberal democracy is an oxymoron. Or rather, it’s a site of confrontation between contradictory discourses, between the universalist aspirations of philosophy and the partisanship of historiography. So insinuates Michel […]More
Americans have made a kind of civic cult out of Alexis de Tocqueville’s Democracy in America. Perhaps it was hoped that praising to the skies one Frenchman’s opinion of our […]More