Book Reviews

Bookmarks | The Moment of the Short Story?

Critics are right about one thing: 2012 and 2013 have been excellent years for the short story.

Making the Past Present

As with many of Auden’s longer poems, 'For the Time Being' is a slippery beast. Whenever you think you’ve got a hold of it, it goes off in another direction.

Once Upon a Time

Christianity can be described primarily as intellectual and dogmatic only if one sets aside lots of evidence. That’s precisely what Geza Vermes does in this book.

Unruly Passions

David Schickler’s disarmingly glib spiritual memoir provides shadows, shocks, heartbreaks, and offenses. What's a passionate young Catholic man to do?

A Bold Piece

Alice McDermott's latest novel is a compelling accounting of a life that begins in Depression-era Brooklyn and winds its way to the late-twentieth-century suburbs.

Missing Revolutions

Nearly everything Paul Goodman complained about in 'Growing Up Absurd'--his influential critique of 1950s America--is now worse.

Legalese

It is a mark of Antonin Scalia's pioneering influence that originalism and fidelity to text have become a staple of the Supreme Court’s interpretive methodology.

A Mossy Graveyard

For Roger Scruton the church is England, an England he knew and loved in his youth and that he believes is dying.

Reform of the Reform

Nowhere is the sickness of privatization more apparent than in public education, where "reformers" promote it in the guise of the pursuit of excellence.

Undomesticated

The trademark Powers irony is at work even in his daughter’s narrative arc, for sweet as the award must have been, it was hardly a launch to smooth sailing.

True West

A new edition of the Little House books from the Library of America stakes a claim for Wilder’s work as an enduring part of the country’s literary heritage.

We Will Not Bleed

As Andrew Bacevich sees it, Americans have mutated into passive spectators, not active citizens, across a wide spectrum of once-sacred civic responsibilities.