The six essays in this collection were written over the years 2010-2012. Most of the essays are literary in nature. These touch on the works of Ernest Hemingway—his tragic conservatism—of Lionel Trilling, mentor to a generation of teachers of literature, and of Henry Miller. In the case of Miller, the essay is as much a critique of his social and spiritual values as literary. The essay on “The Age of the Grand Hotel” is a historical and social analysis of the part such hotels have played in the growth—and decline—of upper class society.