The Finest Young Writer in America: Thomas Lake

Just posted a new piece at the Gospel Coalition on Sports Illustrated sportswriter Thomas Lake: It may surprise you to learn the finest young sportswriter—perhaps the finest young writer period—in America is a Christian. It’s true: Thomas Lake, all of 31 years of age and currently a senior writer for Sports Illustrated, graduated from Gordon College in Massachusetts. [Read More...]

Encountering Those Who Have Wounded You

This from an elegant piece entitled “Looking for Release” in the Image Journal, a compendium of faith-driven writing and reflection.  How do you handle encounters in adulthood with people who hurt you in your childhood?  Allison Backous considers the question. Here’s a powerful selection: Dayne eventually left my mother. She wept for weeks, and never [Read More...]

Anna Quindlen on the Agony of Writing

Very much enjoyed this Wall Street Journal piece from Anna Quindlen on writing.  She gives many practical thoughts: If I go out for lunch and interrupt my rhythm, I’m sunk. I think that all of those lunches were what diminished Truman Capote’s output. Or maybe it’s that he talked too much about his work. If [Read More...]

Sportswriter Bill Simmons Profiled at Length in the New York Times

Some of you out there enjoy sports, and you read Grantland.com‘s Bill Simmons.  Simmons is not a Christian writer; his material can be racy, even gross.  If you enjoy thoughtful sportswriting, however, he is tough to beat.  I read him with discretion. The New York Times recently published a lengthy magazine piece entitled “Can Bill [Read More...]

A Moving Essay by Joyce Carol Oates on Home

From Smithsonian magazine, and via The New Yorker, comes this elegant meditation on the concept of home from writer and Princeton University professor Joyce Carol Oates.  We are, Oates says, inextricably bound to place: Writers, particularly novelists, are linked to place. It’s impossible to think of Charles Dickens and not to think of Dickens’ London; impossible to [Read More...]

The 100 Best Books of the Twentieth Century

I’m guessing that not many of my readers would remember this almost five-year-old list of National Review’s 100 best books of the twentieth century.  Though many blog readers are guilty of chronological snobbery, I assure you that this is a list most worthy of looking over. Here are some noteworthy selections from the list, compiled [Read More...]


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