Writings after Empire

A conversation with Michael Hofmann about Joseph Roth. Throughout the 1920s and 1930s, the Austrian novelist Joseph Roth travelled extensively throughout Europe, leading a nomadic life in the various hotels he called home across the continent. Roth wrote in an...

The Flowering of Legal Cynicism

More than one commentator has noted that the majority decision in Obergefell v. Hodges, requiring states to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples, actually was decades in the making. No-fault divorce and our culture of sexual promiscuity, separating sex and even...

Et in Academia, Ego

Bradstreet Gate: A Novel by Robin Kirman. Crown, 2015. Hardcover, 320 pages, $26. Death and defeat haunt the college novel. College novels—whether they focus on students or professors—typically tell a story in which the shining promises of academia prove not only...

Chaos and Choices

An interview with C. A. Higgins The Bookman recently spoke with C. A. Higgins, author of the science fiction novel Lightless, which is being released by Del Rey at the end of September 2015. Ms. Higgins holds an undergraduate degree in physics from Cornell and now...

On Not Being Boring

Acedia and its Discontents: Metaphysical Boredom in an Empire of Desire by R. J. Snell. Angelico Press, 2015. Paperback, 144 pages, $15. R. J. Snell has written asubstantial and illuminating book, using the ancient concept of the vice of acedia (spiritual or...

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