Still of Fay Wray and Joel McCrea in The Most Dangerous Game, 1932. (Wikimedia Commons)

The Most Dangerous Game

You have no choice but to play— scholar of esotericism Richard Smoley suggests how

Mitch Horowitz
5 min readAug 30, 2023

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Asked by the New York Times in 2023 what books he avoids, novelist Aleksandar Hemon replied with lettered-class oblige: “No advice books, least of all self-help manuals…”

The moment a category is pinned on something — a person, a type of literature, a politics…

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Mitch Horowitz

"Treats esoteric ideas & movements with an even-handed intellectual studiousness"-Washington Post | PEN Award-winning historian | Censored in China