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January 10, 2015
Into the Weeds (and the Woods) [Radio Readings]
My new, weekly radio program, Fights in Good Faith, premiers today. You'll be able to stream...
January 07, 2015
Struggling to Offer an Open House
I picked up Robert Farrar Capon's Bed and Board: Plain Talk About Marriage after reading Melanie's...
January 05, 2015
Shortlist for my 2015 Blogging Book
Today marks the start of the On Christian Doctrine Augustine bookclub, so, if any of you...
January 03, 2015
Books on deck for me in 2015!
It turns out that Goodreads has a nifty feature that plots the publication date of...
December 31, 2014
Celebrate the New Year by reading Black Lamb, Grey Falcon!
My family often celebrates New Year's Eve by watching a very long movie (i.e. Gandhi)...
December 20, 2014
My Year-End Book Recommendations in TAC and NRO
I've already shared with you guys the ten best books that I read (for the...
December 05, 2014
My 10 Best Books of 2014
Every year, I like to make a list of my favorite books I read for the...
September 16, 2014
Justice Laid (Possibly Unlawfully) Bare
I'm reviewing Arguendo today at The American Interest, and explaining how this play about a Supreme Court case...
September 13, 2014
To Mary Through Henry Adams
It's been a week of Marian feasts. Yesterday was the feast of Mary's name and...
September 03, 2014
Plato Disappoints at the Googleplex
I'm over at First Things today, reviewing Rebecca Newberger Goldstein's Plato at the Googleplex, in which she writes...
August 24, 2014
They Eat Horses, Don’t They?
Last night, I got to see a special screening of the Folger Theatre's 2008 production...
August 17, 2014
Why is it So Hard to Find New Friends?
I wanted to like MWF Seeking BFF: My Yearlong Search for a New Best Friend better...
July 21, 2014
The Worm at the Heart of the Tower in Merrily We Roll Along
This post is one in a series on friendship, explored through the lenses of Stephen...
July 15, 2014
Three Priestesses Deciding Whom to Sacrifice
There are three priestesses at the heart of Max Gladstone's newest book in his Craft...
June 05, 2014
An Exhaustion with Epics
I finished Cassandra Clare's The Mortal Instruments hexalogy this week when I reached the end of City...
June 04, 2014
In the Moral Landscape, There Still Be Dragons
Sam Harris has announced the winning entry in his contest for critiques of The Moral Landscape:...
April 08, 2014
Books that Love Books
I finished two novels recently, neither of which I would urgently recommend to someone, but...
April 03, 2014
Asperger’s and the Arts
Hot on the heels of that excellent NYT piece on the autistic boy whose family learned...
March 03, 2014
If Only Angels Would Prevail: The Ballad of Sweeney Todd
The Pope Francis bookclub post will run on Wednesday, since the chapter seemed apropos for...
February 27, 2014
Coriolanus’s Lonely Love
I'd never read or seen Coriolanus before a group of friends and I went out to...
February 23, 2014
Mercy is Not Intransitive
The release of Kerry Weber's Mercy in the City: How to Feed the Hungry, Give...
February 19, 2014
House of Cards’ Restless Hearts
As required of all D.C. residents, my friends and I blitzed through House of Cards this weekend....
February 16, 2014
Dawkins Doesn’t Sate an ‘Appetite for Wonder’
My March issue of First Things has just arrived in the mail, and, with it, my...
January 06, 2014
Reading through 2014 with Pope Francis [Index Post]
Throughout 2014, I'll be reading and blogging through Pope Francis/Cardinal Bergoglio’s collections of meditations: Open Mind, Faithful...
December 19, 2013
In Praise of Particularity?
The newest issue of Fare Forward is out, and I have a review of Stephen T....
December 09, 2013
Raising the Stakes in Stories
In her memoir The Magician’s Book: A Skeptic’s Adventures in Narnia, Laura Miller talks about why...
December 07, 2013
The Drunk and the Madmen
I never get tired of Twelfth Night. Last night, I got to see a boisterous...
December 04, 2013
Must Pity be Hierarchical?
In Laura Miller's quasi-memoir The Magician's Book: A Skeptic's Adventures in Narnia, she talks about...
November 25, 2013
It’s Hard to Do Vocabulary Drills in Personal Languages
I read Douglas Hofstadter's Surfaces and Essences: Analogy as the Fuel and Fire of Thinking...
November 21, 2013
The Selfishness of Playing to Your Strengths
Calah Alexander has a post up about her frustrations with Disney storylines, where plot can...
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