Robert Zaretsky

Robert Zaretsky is the author, most recently, of Catherine & Diderot: The Empress, the Philosopher, and the Fate of the Enlightenment. His new book, The Subversive Simone Weil: A Life in Five Ideas, will be published in February 2021.

The Bloom Has Faded

Reforming the Western canon may not go far enough

by Robert Zaretsky | Monday, June 22, 2020

Meditations on Marcus

The philosopher-emperor who reigned during an age of pandemic and war

by Robert Zaretsky | Saturday, August 08, 2020

Love in the Time of Camus

What the French writer can teach us about surviving a pandemic

by Robert Zaretsky | Thursday, May 14, 2020

The Long 20th Century of Terror

A history in ten books

by Robert Zaretsky | Thursday, August 18, 2016

The Fabulist

A literary critic’s ugly deception

by Robert Zaretsky | Tuesday, March 11, 2014

My Life as a Door

Not exactly Yeats, but noteworthy nonetheless

by Robert Zaretsky | Friday, June 01, 2012

Plunging to Earth

Once the sport of daredevils, skydiving now offers it existential thrills to grandmothers, pudgy geeks, and even the occasional college professor

by Robert Zaretsky | Friday, June 03, 2011

Giving Absurdity Its Due

In the Panthéon, Albert Camus joins a kindred soul

by Robert Zaretsky | Monday, March 01, 2010