"Donna Tartt and Dandyism: Lessons from The Goldfinch on the Art of Personal Style" by Kevin Michael Klipfel

"Art makes meaning – and this is why you’ll find Donna Tartt in a custom suit at four in the morning. She loves beautiful things, whether anyone else sees it or not."

"Q&A: Humane Advice for the Humanities #16" by Laura Broom

"I don’t think everyone should feel comfortable with the books you assign. Discomfort is an interesting sensation; it immediately demands analysis..." (Image by Rdsmith4.)

"Is Bernie Sanders The Most Electable Democrat?" by Bert Clere

"The core of Bernie Sanders’ candidacy appeals to those who want the government to take much bolder action on income inequality than it currently is."

“'You Do It Because He’s Brilliant': The End of the Tour" by Kenneth Lota

"We are able to see how interdependent the personal and the artistic are for Wallace: the man who lives in the modest house with the two dogs and the Alanis Morissette poster is the same man who wrote so powerfully about addiction and entertainment and sadness in Infinite Jest." (Image by Tyler Merbler.)

"What Death Doesn’t Touch: The Short Fiction of Dustin Heron" by Kevin Michael Klipfel

"The first thing you’ll want to know about Dustin Heron is that the guy literally was born in Paradise. He’s not particular grateful for this fact."
Forum: Cultural Interventions

Forum: Cultural Interventions

“Cultural Interventions” is interested in the ways in which culture (pop or otherwise) informs our economics, politics, and our daily judgments.
Forum: Intellectual Spaces

Forum: Intellectual Spaces

“Intellectual Spaces” explores those institutional centers in which social conventions condense and become organized structures.
Ethos Journal

Ethos Journal

Our journal serves as a venue for public intellectuals to consider the arts and humanities as powerful forces that help to configure our economics, politics, and everyday existence.
Ethos is a collective of critics, scholars, and public intellectuals at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. This digital project provides a space for debating—and indeed producing—powerful cultural ideas through our weekly forums and a semiannual, peer-reviewed journal.

Interested in writing for Ethos? We're seeking contributions from authors interested in topics about the arts, humanities, or public ethics. Many of our contributors are faculty members at universities, graduate students, artists, teachers, or regular bloggers. We welcome interesting topics and posts for consideration. Our weekly forum posts typically run from 300-700 words. If you would like to submit a post, please email Ben Mangrum (bmangrum@email.unc.edu) or Katie Walker (walkerkn@email.unc.edu) with an idea or post.