Author Archives: Melissa Holbrook Pierson

About Melissa Holbrook Pierson

Melissa Holbrook Pierson is the author of five books of nonfiction, the latest of which is The Secret History of Kindness. It takes a look into the underwear drawer of radical behaviorism and tries to understand what people's beef with B. F. Skinner is really about. Her web site is here.


Falling in love with a dead man, raising a son, losing a lover… Melissa Holbrook Pierson watches TV with Robin Hood. Continue reading

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Peace Is Patriotic, But War Stirs the Blood

Tracing the paths of glory: Boys, Guns, and the Fascination with War Continue reading

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Borrowed Times

“It was borrowed time anyway—the whole upper tenth of the nation living with the insouciance of grand dukes and the casualness of chorus girls. But moralizing is easy now and it was pleasant to be in one’s twenties in such … Continue reading

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Around the Bend

Melissa Holbrook Pierson on the aftermath of an accident, the beauty of the open road, and the ultimate unknown. Continue reading

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Strange Beauties

Melissa Holbrook Pierson wrestles with the allure of lost, and found, photos. Continue reading

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