James McWilliams is an historian at Texas State University. He's currently at work on a book on the art and literature of the American South. He lives in Austin, Texas.
Was Walt Whitman right when he said that America’s “common referee” is not its presidents but its poets?
by James McWilliams | Tuesday, January 29, 2019
The surprising storytelling powers of background noise
by James McWilliams | Wednesday, December 26, 2018
Our new Daily Scholar columnist reviews the best educational offerings
by James McWilliams | Monday, November 26, 2018
The Trump USDA favored a powerful lobby over American food safety
by James McWilliams | Monday, December 04, 2017
How can we raise them humanely and then butcher them?
by James McWilliams | Tuesday, March 11, 2014
A meditation on memory
by James McWilliams | Monday, June 08, 2015
We must learn to humanize digital life as actively as we’ve digitized human life—here’s how