What are the consequences now that human life, both individually and collectively, unfolds in surroundings that are primarily human-made? In particular, what are the consequences of this new human condition for our experience of history? Such are the questions that inspire my work as a writer and teacher. To answer them, I turn to the cultural record of the past, and especially to writers of imaginative literature, as sources of evidence and insight.

Watch an interview regarding
MIT’s 150th Anniversary