C.S. Lewis and the Feverish Passion of ‘Love in the Time of Cholera’

Which is better: passion or commitment? (Hint: It’s a trick question.) [Read more...]

Quoth Nathaniel Hawthorne: ‘Burn, Baby, Burn’

A great American author strikes a match and watches the world go down in flames. [Read more...]

The Once and Future (Totally Depraved) King

In which everyone is awful, and King Arthur very nearly becomes a Calvinist [Read more...]

The Woman in White and the Sassy Single Sister

Can you have a happily-ever-after without Prince Charming? [Read more...]

Chasing the Orgastic Future with Jay Gatsby

Review of The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald The first time I read The Great Gatsby, I was high on codeine—recovering from surgery—and had vivid hallucinatory dreams of the green light every night for a week. Almost twenty years later, the trailer for Baz Luhrmann’s forthcoming screen adaptation is making the rounds, and I see [Read More...]

The Romance of the Noble Savage: The Deerslayer

Review of The Deerslayer by James Fenimore Cooper Five white people are holed up in a floating cabin in the middle of a lake and surrounded on all sides by woods infested with hostile Huron Indians bent on murder, rape, and pillage. A tense game of cat and mouse ensues as intricate as chess: maneuvering for [Read More...]

Slaughterhouse-Five

Review of Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut By COYLE NEAL Billy Pilgrim has become unstuck in time. That is, he does not live from second to second as most of us do, but instead jumps to the future, and then back to the past, and then again to the present (whatever that means—it can be hard [Read More...]

Kafka’s World Without Grace

Review of The Trial, by Franz Kafka By PAUL D. MILLER A hundred years ago, a German-speaking Czech insurance salesman—and a secular Jew—wrote three incomplete novels and a handful of short stories and died young. His reputation soared among literati, who speak of this man—Franz Kafka—in the hushed, awed tones reserved for the great and [Read More...]

Pride and Prejudice and Blitzkrieg: Tolstoy’s War and Peace

Review of War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy By PAUL D. MILLER War and Peace is five hundred and sixty thousand words long. It is more than twice as long as Moby Dick, almost triple the length of Jane Eyre, more than quadruple Augustine’s Confessions. It is one great pulsating mass of text, a grey rising [Read More...]

The Source of Sanctification: Human or Divine?

Review of The Secret Garden, by Frances Hodgson Burnett By ALEXIS NEAL Mistress Mary, quite contrary, How does your garden grow? With silver bells and cockle shells And marigolds all in a row! So goes the nursery rhyme taunt sung to the central character in Frances Hodgson Burnett’s classic children’s novel, The Secret Garden. And [Read More...]


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