Sunday, September 8, 2019

My Review of Randy Boyagoda's Original Prin

This is just a note to say that my review of Randy Boyagoda's Original Prin is up at the American Interest. I'm swamped right now with the start of school, but I hope to have more to say here about the book soon.

Friday, August 23, 2019

Further Thoughts on My Review of Alan Jacobs' The Year of Our Lord 1943 at Marginalia

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

Review of Meghan O'Gieblyn's Interior States at The American Interest

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

Review of Tara Westover's Educated: A Memoir at Commonweal

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

Review of The Year of Our Lord 1943 in First Things

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.