Essays

Nexus has been publishing essays in Dutch on art, culture, politics and philosophy for over twenty years. Now, we are making some of the best essays from our archive available in English online. The essays are available to our members and supporters. New essays will be added regularly.

Nederlandstalige essays uit het tijdschrift vindt u aan de Nederlandse kant van de website.

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Philosophy

Arcadia, But Not for Long
Antonio Damasio

What should we chose: ‘Broadway Boogie-Woogie’, colorful, edgy, expanding modern urbanity – or a rustic hill overlooking an Alpine lake?

Literature

A Defence of China Shepherdesses
G.K. Chesterton

There are ideal conceptions and real men in every calling.

Politics

The Mutating World
Ana Palacio

Ana Palacio charts the history of the baby boomers and analyses threats to liberal democracy today.

History

A Refugee’s Life
Adrienne Clarkson

The story of how a child of Chinese refugees who came to Canada as a two-year-old became Governor-General.

History

Time Ticks Away
Gopalkrishna Gandhi

Gopalkrishna Gandhi reflects on his childhood, his famous grandfather, and the struggle against nuclear armaments.

History

Ruminations of the Last Nuremberg Prosecutor
Benjamin Ferencz

Benjamin Ferencz, last living prosecutor of the Nuremberg Trials, on his life and work.

Culture

An Education in Counterculture

A conversation on counterculture with Patti Smith, Lenny Kaye and Sean Wilentz.

Literature

A Letter to Jean Deprun
Bernard-Henri Lévy

Bernard-Henri Lévy writes to an unlikely hero: his teacher at the École Normale Superieure, Jean Deprun.

Literature

Teaching Transgression
Aykan Erdemir

Aykan Erdemir writes to his teacher, Nalan Göker, who taught him about rules and when to break them.

Literature

The Cheese Man
Leon Wieseltier

Leon Wieseltier on his first encounter with philosophy in a small Brooklyn delicatessen.

Politics

Letter to Mr. S. Rajaratnam
Kishore Mahbubani

Kishore Mahbubani writes a letter to his teacher, the Singaporean statesman S. Rajaratnam.

Politics

Between Laughter and Despair
Colm Tóibín

Colm Tóibín on Europe, the powerlessness of the European institutions and what it means to be European.

Culture

The Human Soul in All Its Moods
Ágnes Heller

Heller on what great works she would have her students read, see and listen to in her ideal school curriculum.

History

A Letter to My Teacher
Adam Zamoyski

Zamoyski writes to his history teacher, who awakened in him ‘a fascination with objects which could help one penetrate the past.’

Politics

Of Gods and Men
Nelofer Pazira

‘Any future revolution in the Arab-Muslim world must be humanist in nature.’