I have a piece in the Chalkboard Review today, by the way
(Plus, some other Substacks that might pique your interest.)
Definitely a niche piece, but figured I still ought to mention it here, Illustrations for Science from Plato’s Timaeus. Thank you to the Chalkboard Review folks for letting me publish that and, just so you know, they also offer an extensive Critical Race Theory Toolkit over there especially for people who need help confronting that worldview within their own K-12 schools.
That doesn’t make much of a post , so I thought I’d do something I’ve been wanting to do anyway and mention a few other Substack writers I read personally.
The Conversations We Deserve, by James David Dickson. James is also a staff writer for the Detroit News and is, as I joked a few days ago, the last quality mainstream journalist in the United States (well, him and Karol). But his Substack is less reporting and more cultural and news commentary and engagement that manages to be both insightful yet also has the tone of coming from something like a “man on the street” instead of somebody looking down from their ivory tower.
Common Sense with Bari Weiss. Former New York Times reporter gets cancelled by her own institution for being too independently minded and is now, surely, doing much better for herself and for everyone else as an independent writer and publisher. Recent titles maybe say it all: Get Ready for the “No-Buy” List, about attempts (especially by PayPal now) to shut wrongthinkers out of financial access; The Real Story of “The Central Park Karen”, a warning about how gigantically wrong social media can get a story; and Med Schools Are Now Denying Biological Sex. Trust the experts, friends.
It Bears Mentioning, by John McWhorter. Famous linguist (yes, that John McWhorter), gives every post a title IN ALL CAPS. Okay, that we don’t understand, but he spends a lot of time confronting the racism (and simple unhelpfulness) in modern “antiracism”.
eugypius. Social science professor (I believe?) began intending to write about historical pandemics but thus far his only two posts are about COVID. Last post was quite interesting though. COVID-19 appears to have largely displaced influenza and… dare we suggest that is actually a good thing? We replaced a disease that caused significant danger to the young sometimes with a disease that is almost never dangerous to the young. We’ll never get rid of this new coronavirus anyway, but if getting rid of it would cause a rebirth of the flu, maybe we shouldn’t even want to.