Contributing Editor

Alan Jacobs

Alan Jacobs, a contributing editor of The New Atlantis and the author of the now-retired Text Patterns blog on, is a distinguished professor of the humanities in the honors program of Baylor University. His recent books include Breaking Bread with the Dead: A Reader’s Guide to a More Tranquil Mind (Penguin, 2020), The Year of Our Lord 1943: Christian Humanism in an Age of Crisis (Oxford University Press, 2018) and How to Think: A Survival Guide for a World at Odds (Currency, 2017). His homepage is here:

In The New Atlantis

Online Exclusive | October 19, 2014

A Not-So-Distant Mirror

Does the 18th century give reason for hope in the 21st?

Online Exclusive | October 19, 2014


Can the innovative ‘do-it-yourself’ education movement really replace the dying university model?

Online Exclusive | October 19, 2014

The Online State of Nature

Why has Internet discourse devolved into a “war of every man against every man”?

Online Exclusive | September 25, 2013

Rethinking Innovation

What’s the difference between new ideas that are good, and those that are merely novel?


World of Wonders

Neal Stephenson’s massive new novel is obsessive, adolescent, and thoroughly delightful

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