The Auroras of Helen Vendler

The Auroras of Helen Vendler

The Ocean, the Bird, and the Scholar: essays on poets & poetry by Helen Vendler. Harvard University Press, 2015. Hardcover, 444 pages, $35. DANIEL JAMES SUNDAHL Helen Vendler’s The Ocean, the Bird, and the Scholar opens with a twelve-page account of her life as a...
The Cinema of Failure

The Cinema of Failure

Four films of Terrence Malick. TITUS TECHERA Terrence Malick is American cinema’s one Christian artist and he has now reached his most productive years, his Social Security years. His four recent movies, The Tree of Life (2011), To the Wonder (2012), Knight of...
Stories of the Lost, Wandering Soul of Modern America

Stories of the Lost, Wandering Soul of Modern America

Cloudbursts: Collected and New Stories by Thomas McGuane. Alfred A. Knopf, 2018. Cloth, 354 pages, $35. JAMES E. PERSON JR. The short stories of Thomas McGuane can be summarized in the words of John Gay’s self-chosen epitaph: “Life is a jest, and all things shew it; /...
Feeding the Little Platoons

Feeding the Little Platoons

Frederick the Great observed that his army marched on its stomach. If we aim to civilize, not conquer, what should we feed Burke’s little platoons? At her first dinner party, Agnes Jekyll entertained John Ruskin, Edward Burne-Jones, and Robert Browning. This is a bit...
The ‘Woke’ History of Democracy

The ‘Woke’ History of Democracy

James Kloppenberg has produced an important artifact of contemporary intellectual life. Conservative academics have been essentially eliminated from college campuses. Those scholars who, whatever their political opinions, still act on the belief that intellectual...

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