Sunday, September 8, 2019
Friday, August 23, 2019
Marginalia, an arm of the LA Review of Books, has published my extended review of Alan Jacobs’s The Year of Our Lord 1943: Christian Humanism in an Age of Crisis. I wrote a “Briefly Noted” review earlier this year for First Things, but wanted to say much more about the book, and am grateful for Marginalia for giving me the space.
Saturday, April 6, 2019
The American Interest is running my review of Meghan O'Gieblyn's recent essay collection, Interior States. Her book is oustanding and refreshing for its ability to see through our current polarizations to reveal the irrationalities and hidden pieties that animate secular, as well as religious, world views. Highly recommended.
Wednesday, January 30, 2019
My review of Tara Westover's Educated is online and in the February 6, 2019 edition of Commonweal magazine. Please do read the review, but my short take is that most reviewers miss her goals in this book and assume that it is a rags-to-riches story of the intellectual life. It is that, but it is also the story of her soul, and on her journey, she stumbles upon some ancient, and Catholic, truths about the relationship between the individual and the community. Thanks to Commonweal for publishing it!
Wednesday, January 16, 2019
The Winter 2019 issue of First Things contains my “Briefly Noted” review of Alan Jacobs’s The Year of Our Lord 1943. Thanks to the magazine for giving me the space to say something about an engrossing and important book. They call the section “Briefly Noted” for a reason, though, and I have much more to say than was possible in 200 words. I am currently working on a much longer piece on the book, and when it runs I will post the link here.