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Nicholas Cannariato

Writer / Editor

Location icon United States

Hi! I write about books and culture. I also edit e-learning and textbook content. For inquiries, please email me: [email protected]

Portfolio
The Atlantic
12/11/2018
The Language the Poet Knows

Teicher remarks that "the poet trains to hear clearly and, as much as possible, without interruption, the voice of the mind, the voice that gathers, packs with meaning, and unpacks the language the poet knows." While this description is somewhat abstract, Teicher's concept of voice works because he situates it in large part in the poet's experience of language and life.

The Atlantic
08/14/2018
The Writer Who Makes Perfect Sense of Classical Music

In these essays and lectures, Brendel considers sound, silence, sublimity, humor, and the performer's critical role in the experience of music. What also makes this collection so relevant is just how appealing his analysis and commentary are to scholar, performer, and amateur listener alike-a rare accomplishment for anyone writing about classical music.

Vice
07/17/2018
On Ronald Kitchen's My Midnight Years

Image by Lia Kantrowitz/Photo courtesy Bluhm Legal Clinic, Northwestern Pritzker School of Law "Dazed and numb," Ronald Kitchen recalls, "I descended the stairs leading from Area 3 Violent Crimes-the hellhole where I had been tortured and kept prisoner during the previous 24 hours.... That first night, in the lockup across town, my body finally started coming alive.

The Millions
08/02/2017
Why We Read and Why We Write

Samuel Johnson said the greatest part of a writer's time is spent in reading, in order to write. But reading, unlike writing, is a pursuit decidedly devoid of glory. Ideally, it cultivates the quiet virtues of patience, attention, and self-denial.

The Smart Set
You, Me, and Everyone Else

Few have ever witnessed the dehumanizing potential of mass society so up close as Bruno Bettelheim. After internment at Dachau and Buchenwald, Bettelheim came to America, where he served as director of the Orthogenic School at the University of Chicago from 1944 to 1973.

The Awl
The Teacher Dichotomy

The nation's kids scrutinize all the nation's teachers every school day. All those kids are growing, and their minds are developing, and they're prone to note the oddities of their teachers' personalities, sartorial choices, and pretty much everything else.

Los Angeles Review of Books
A Spark Neglected Burns the House: On "The Future Is History"

"FIRST AND FOREMOST," Vladimir Putin claimed in 2005, "it is worth acknowledging that the demise of the Soviet Union was the greatest geopolitical catastrophe of the century." "As for the Russian people," he went on, "it became a genuine tragedy."

Los Angeles Review of Books
Thinking About Believing: On Marilynne Robinson's "What Are We Doing Here?"

MARILYNNE ROBINSON IS A WRITER of unique vision. Throughout her work, her religion and politics find urgent but humane expression as her tone modulates easily between prophetic and earnest, impassioned and contemplative. A life, for her, is most meaningful when wedded to aesthetic and religious engagement and, following from them, political engagement.

The Millions
09/27/2017
Hell Doesn't Discriminate: On 'Spoils' by Brian Van Reet

Everyone knows war is hell, but those in war have their own versions of hell to tell. , the debut novel from Brian Van Reet, weaves together three narratives of three combatants in the Iraq War to show with profound depth and power just how complicated hell can be.

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