James McWilliams

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.

Of Poets and a President

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

A Symphony of Sounds

The surprising storytelling powers of background noise

by James McWilliams | Wednesday, December 26, 2018

Podcasts To Get You Thinking

Our new Daily Scholar columnist reviews the best educational offerings

by James McWilliams | Monday, November 26, 2018

Here’s the Beef with Chicken from China

The Trump USDA favored a powerful lobby over American food safety

by James McWilliams | Monday, December 04, 2017

Loving Animals to Death

How can we raise them humanely and then butcher them?

by James McWilliams | Tuesday, March 11, 2014

The Examined Lie

A meditation on memory

by James McWilliams | Monday, June 08, 2015

Saving the Self in the Age of the Selfie

We must learn to humanize digital life as actively as we’ve digitized human life—here’s how

by James McWilliams | Monday, February 29, 2016