William Hazlitt’s trail-blazing essay on staged fights in the English countryside, considered “blackguard” in its day, still speaks to the thrill of sporting events.
William Hazlitt (1778 – 1830) was an English philosopher, painter, and writer of essays famous for their humanistic qualities. A noted literary and drama critic whose works fell into obscurity, Hazlitt is today considered one of the great critics and essayists of the English language.
Posts by William Hazlitt
The real Elvis is American, remember, and America is a consumer society. The desires we project, the stuff we buy—that is what feels real to us. It lets us have any Elvis we want. He left plenty of kitsch in his wake, plenty of pseudo-religion, plenty of Elvis jokes—but he was not, is not, a joke. He lived our contradictions, released our inhibitions, and lost himself in the process.