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...]

Swamplandia! Should Remain a Short Story

Review of Swamplandia! by Karen Russell Although Swamplandia! somehow stole one of the three finalist positions for the 2012 Pulitzer Prize in Fiction, the book lacks the strength to compete at that level. It is a simple exile-and-return story of a family.  The only element that might keep readers interested would be Karen Russell’s ingenuity [Read More...]

The Sense of an Ending: Meditations on Memory and Self-Deception

Review of The Sense of an Ending by Julian Barnes The Sense of an Ending is a novella by Julian Barnes that explores the limits of memory and how memory affects defines us. Published in 2011, it won the Man Booker Prize in October of that year. Often, The Sense of an Ending reads more [Read More...]

‘On the Road’ to Nowhere

Review of On the Road by Jack Kerouac When I moved to D.C., some friends and I started a book club. Our goal was to work our way through the classics of English/American Literature and read the books that everyone else seemed to have read in high school or college. Books which, for some reason, had [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...]

P.G. Wodehouse Meets Jonathan Edwards

Review of Evangellyfish by Douglas Wilson By JUSTIN HAWKINS Commenting in his youth on his own pastorate, Reinhold Niebuhr remarked that “I make no apology for being critical of what I love. No one wants a love which is based upon illusions, and there is no reason why we should not love a profession and yet [Read More...]

True Grit, Old School

Review of True Grit by Charles Portis By ALEXIS NEAL Mattie Ross is no ordinary fourteen-year-old. She has a head for figures, good business sense, excellent bargaining skills, and a stubborn streak a mile wide. Oh, and she’s looking for the guy who shot her pa.  See, her dad was gunned down in cold blood [Read More...]

Inferno

Review of Inferno by  Larry Niven and Jerry Pournelle By COYLE NEAL In my college Epic Poetry class, I was given the assignment of writing a new Canto to Dante’s Inferno. I had two ideas that seemed equally appealing, so I stuck them both into my own three-page masterpiece of undergraduate prosy. First, being the [Read More...]

The Serpent in Eden in Crossing to Safety

Review of Crossing to Safety by Wallace Stegner By JULIA POLESE Crossing to Safety is Pulitzer Prize-winning author Wallace Stegner’s final novel.  It is a story of two couples coping with the loss of Eden. Told from the perspective of Larry Morgan, the novel begins with he and his wife, Sally, as a young couple living [Read More...]


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