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Ed Simon

Ed Simon is an editor at Berfrois and a staff writer for The Millions. He is a regular contributor at several different sites, with work that has appeared in The Atlantic, The Paris Review Daily, Newsweek, The Washington Post, Salon, and Aeon, among others.

His collection, America and Other Fictions: On Radical Faith and Post-Religion will be released by Zero Books in December 2018. A scholar of early modern literature and religion, he holds a PhD in English from Lehigh University. Ed can be followed on Facebook, at his author website, and on Twitter.

Articles

Ed Simon: Reading Walter Raleigh’s Poetry of Blood

Ed Simon: Reading Walter Raleigh’s Poetry of Blood

Raleigh is often remembered as a dignified refugee from the Elizabethan world of courtier...

A Historical Parable by Ed Simon

A Historical Parable by Ed Simon

Pennsylvania’s frontier in the decade after both the Seven Years War and Pontiac’s fearsome...

Ed Simon: Last Five Observations about the Moment

Ed Simon: Last Five Observations about the Moment

Panther Hollow hasn’t seen any panthers since the 19th Century. As Oakland increasingly became...

Ed Simon: First Five Observations about the Moment

Ed Simon: First Five Observations about the Moment

Life experienced narratively, which is to say the only way actual life can be...

Ed Simon on the Number Three

Ed Simon on the Number Three

Behold, the first odd prime, designator of our three dimensions, that which was the...

Trump and America’s Evil by Ed Simon

Trump and America’s Evil by Ed Simon

If your politics are anything like mine, which is to say that you abhor...

Ed Simon on Philip Roth

Ed Simon on Philip Roth

It’s easy to see Roth as an avatar of the American literary “Great Male...

Poetry before the Fall by Ed Simon

Poetry before the Fall by Ed Simon

Spare a thought of pity for the person who has looked at the warmth...

Ed Simon: Punic Encomium

Ed Simon: Punic Encomium

Purple being an error is not, however, a law of physics, or a mitzvoth...

Ed Simon: When Books Read You

Towards the end of 1642, or possibly the beginning of 1643, but either way...

A Bulwark Never Failing by Ed Simon

A Bulwark Never Failing by Ed Simon

Anne Dudley, in her father’s Northampton library, had occasion to spend many happy hours...

Ed Simon: Final Twelve Observations about Goodness

Ed Simon: Final Twelve Observations about Goodness

Who would have expected the origin to have been with a castration? A consummately...

Ed Simon: Resurrecting American Civil Religion

Ed Simon: Resurrecting American Civil Religion

What ten sentences have been more scriptural than the ones delivered by Abraham Lincoln...

Ed Simon: Second Twelve Observations about Goodness

Ed Simon: Second Twelve Observations about Goodness

by Ed Simon XIII. Blessed is he among all the saints, for spurned though...

Ed Simon: First Twelve Observations about Goodness

Ed Simon: First Twelve Observations about Goodness

One fourteenth century morning in the village of Montalilou, a simple woman named Bartholomette...

Ed Simon: Poetry Without Poets

Ed Simon: Poetry Without Poets

Despite its aesthetic proficiencies or deficiencies, A.I.-Wordsworth’s poem is not necessarily without meaning, even...

Ed Simon on Denis Johnson

Ed Simon on Denis Johnson

Sinners always make the greatest Christian writers. Last month we lost one of the...

Ed Simon on More’s Map

Ed Simon on More’s Map

The sixteenth-century humanist polymath and martyr Thomas More’s neologism “Utopia” literally translates to “No...

Ed Simon on American Jezebels

Ed Simon on American Jezebels

In 1637, Mary Dyer of Boston gave a monstrous birth and its midwife was...

Ed Simon on The Tragedy of Dracule

Ed Simon on The Tragedy of Dracule

Mathias Blum writes in Akiva’s Garden that “No play in the Renaissance canon, no...