Book Reviews

Not Beanbag

Ignatieff’s constructive approach to politics, like his commitments to democracy and social justice, remains untainted by the bitter experiences he describes.

Squeaky Hinge

Thomas Cahill's words are not easy to understand but point to a persistent presentism, a tendency to view the past through the lens of the present.


'Story of a Secret State' promises an insider’s perspective on Poland’s Home Army, the largest resistance organization in Nazi-occupied Europe --- and delivers it.

Borrowed Voices

Averill Curdy’s poems seek to widen the reader’s sense of self by finding room for several selves, real and imagined, within a single mind.


Sartre was unquestionably one of those by whom language lives, and vice versa. Many people read voraciously; Sartre wrote voraciously.

Share & Share Alike

What does it mean to separate oneself entirely from the law’s precepts by embracing radical poverty as a form of life?

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.