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Lincoln's Religion

Lincoln is a riddle because we are a riddle to ourselves. We are his heirs, for good and for ill. We cannot escape his legacy, and we don’t know what to make of it.

'One of Those Problematic Believers'

Writer David Means talks about ignorance and grace, the nature of time, the lasting effects of Vietnam, and how he came to write his new novel, 'Hystopia.'

From Hemingway to Charlie Hebdo

In two new books, Hazareesingh and Bell incorporate American views into the 20th century struggles between republicans and Catholics in France over "basic freedoms"

The Gifts Reserved for Age

There are multiple Eliotic selves, some more surprising than others, displayed in this magnificent, overwhelming edition.

The Hubris of Culture

The "culture industry" testifies to the expansionist ambitions of the late capitalist system, which can now colonize fantasy and enjoyment as it once did countries.

Hidden in Plain Sight

The three new works reviewed here demonstrate that there are still new and important things to say about the twentieth century’s emblematic tragedy.

The Rising Revised

Among the merits of Roy Foster’s new book are the ways in which it moves past myths and conventional accounts to bring alive the intellectual ferment of the Rising.

When the Escalator Stopped

I came home early and went straight upstairs to Mary and the baby. As soon as she saw me she began to cry. "What’s the matter?” I asked, already filling with dread.

The Zen of Tolstoy

"War and Peace" is called the greatest novel ever written, but it’s like sticking a “Kick me” sign on the book. Readers can’t help wanting to take issue with it.

Religion Booknotes 2016

Frederica Mathewes-Green on Eastern Orthodoxy; Brian E. Daley and Paul Kolbert on Psalm interpretations, Philip Jenkins on lost gospels; James O'Donnell on pagans

'Welcome to the Orthodox Church'

Mathewes-Green, a convert from the Episcopal tradition, focuses on Orthodoxy as a path to God and uses the actions and prayers of the liturgy as a basis for theology

'The God of Walkers'

Bruce Chatwin casts travel as an act of sacrifice, of “sloughing-off” the world and discovering the self anew. His work contains moments of aching spirituality.
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