Murder Becomes Her

If you thought Odysseus had it bad, taking years to win his way back to Ithaca after the Greek triumph in the Trojan War, at least he eventually found his way to fond reunion with his wife, son, and small island kingdom. The rest of the Homecoming tales about the heroes’ return to Greece tend to be less cheery. Odysseus had a woman named Penelope waiting for him. Agamemnon had a woman named Clytemnestra.

Our Half-Baked Culture

At any given time, a few dozen large ideas are rampaging through culture, like wild bulls through the pampas. As Max Weber saw when he tried to analyze the cultural movements that created the Modern Age, sometimes, despite their differences, the feral ideas combine into herds and all begin to run in the same direction—out of no fully intelligible necessity.