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Being Prepared for Joy

The poet discusses "accidental theologies," Gerard Manley Hopkins, faith in literature, and what it's like no longer being the editor of Poetry magazine.

Who Decides?

Yuval Levin reconstructs the conflict over Edmund Burke’s angry 'Reflections on the Revolution in France' and Thomas Paine’s incandescent reply, 'The Rights of Man.'

Roth at Rest

Pierpont presents a picture of Philip Roth’s works that contains necessary qualifications: there is no dutiful approval of every word the master has written.

Writing a Life

How should a fair-minded biographer deal with a literary subject’s “sensational underside,” and when does that endeavor turn into "pathography"?

The Bloody Details

Four books on the failures of moral imagination and political will, spread across the political landscape, that doomed Europe to decades of totalitarian terror.

Deluge & Delusion

Aronofsky, a master of misery, is very much in his element as he envisions the sinful self-destruction of nearly the whole damned human race.

Goodbye to All That

By 1982, although nominally still a Democrat, Michael Novak had become an enthusiast for Reaganomics and for every Republican administration to follow.

Forgive Him, Father

'The Dark Box' is so suffused with anger that its author, for all his intelligence, is seldom capable of balanced historical analysis.

Out of One, Many?

The Protestant Establishment once dominated American politics and intellectual life. Then, in the course of a decade or two, its authority collapsed.

Unwarranted Certainty

An increasing number of cosmologists now believe in the existence of a multiverse. It’s a thrilling prospect; but does a multiverse really exist?

The Shape of Evil

With her ambitious second novel, Paula Huston jumps into the territory where politics and religion meet, and she's equipped with a wide-angle lens.

Poem | The Devil's Delusion

I lie on my back in the lawnchair to study / the trees claw up toward heaven. / They have all the sap I lack.
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Book Reviews

Who Decides?

March 3, 2014 | 2 comments

Roth at Rest

February 2, 2014 | 0 comments

The Bloody Details

April 4, 2014 | 0 comments

Goodbye to All That

April 4, 2014 | 0 comments

Forgive Him, Father

April 4, 2014 | 0 comments

Out of One, Many?

April 4, 2014 | 0 comments

Unwarranted Certainty

April 4, 2014 | 0 comments

The Shape of Evil

April 4, 2014 | 0 comments

Book Reviews

Who Decides?

March 3, 2014 | 2 comments

Roth at Rest

February 2, 2014 | 0 comments

The Bloody Details

April 4, 2014 | 0 comments

Goodbye to All That

April 4, 2014 | 0 comments

Forgive Him, Father

April 4, 2014 | 0 comments

Out of One, Many?

April 4, 2014 | 0 comments

Unwarranted Certainty

April 4, 2014 | 0 comments

The Shape of Evil

April 4, 2014 | 0 comments