The 100th Birthday of Wallace Stegner

In Books and Culture, Richard W. Etulain notes the centennial of one of my favorite writers: Wallace Stegner. … [Read more...]

What Was It You Wanted?

¬†Jean Bethke Elshtain, in Books and Culture, contemplates Todd Haynes' film about Bob Dylan -- I'm Not There -- and Andrew Dominick's film about a different, but similarly enigmatic, hero -- The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford. And she contemplates the resilient ghosts of both Dylan and James, digging deep into the questions we confront as we pursue both elusive figures. … [Read more...]

The Browser 2/20: Iron and Wine

John Wilson, editor of Books and Culture, attended an Iron and Wine concert. And in this short testimony about the experience, he captures perfectly exactly what disturbs me about Sam Beam's writing... and what disturbs me about the fact that many young Christians hastily embrace Iron and Wine because of the "spirituality" in the lyrics.Granted, Beam is a talented poet and an excellent, inspired musician. But he's singing about the Bible from the point of view of a "conscientious objector" … [Read more...]

“A Wrinkle in Faith” – Books and Culture on Madeleine L’Engle

John Wilson's Books and Culture newsletter brought back from the archives a 1998 essay focusing on Madeleine L'Engle to mark her passing last week.Madeleine L'Engle's journey has taken her to a rather peculiar array of roadside stops. How many Christian writers speak both from the pages of Ms. magazine and Today's Christian Woman, are invited to speak both by the Library of Congress and the Gaithers' Praise Gathering, and serve as writer-in-residence for Victoria magazine and for Regent … [Read more...]

Specials: Harry Potter; Mother Teresa; Wilson on Atheism Books; Cummings on Satyajit Ray

I'm a week late to this blog entry, but wow... Andy Whitman writes about music better than just about anybody I know. And now he's posted a home-run entry about Harry Potter.-Yesterday I posted news about the new book on Mother Teresa. Here's more on Mother Teresa's dark night of the soul, from Amy Wellborn.-Here's a list you haven't seen before: John Wilson, the voracious reader who edits Books and Culture, rates his top five books on atheism. Know before you … [Read more...]

John Wilson (Books and Culture) on the New Michael Chabon Novel

John Wilson reviews The Yiddish Policemen's Union: The Yiddish Policemen's Union is the best new novel I've read so far this year, and I won't be surprised if it wins another Pulitzer or some comparable recognition. It is also a deeply frustrating book... … [Read more...]

“Mr. Wilson’s Bookshelf”: John Wilson Picks the Best of 2006

Here's the annual list of recommendations from the editor of Books and Culture, John Wilson. … [Read more...]

New Poems by Luci Shaw, Reviewed in Books & Culture

Luci Shaw and Margaret Smith: two good friends of mine, two marvelous poets, two folks who were incredibly generous in helping me finish my book about films. … [Read more...]

John Wilson on The Gospel of Judas

John Wilson of Books and Culture has just posted a few thoughts on The Gospel of Judas. Last week, as we have done for many years, our small group met for a seder in Holy Week. One of my friends asked me about the Gospel of Jesus, whether it is the sort of thing that is likely to challenge the faith of many people. The best response for anyone who wonders about it is to read The Gospel of Judas and Robinson's book, too. (The stories about the Gospel of Judas don't begin to capture its essential … [Read more...]

Books and Culture: The Top Ten Books of the Year

John Wilson shares the B&C picks...What's the best book YOU read this year? … [Read more...]