That Old-Time Civil Religion

That Old-Time Civil Religion

The Tragedy of U.S. Foreign Policy: How America’s Civil Religion Betrayed the National Interest by Walter A. McDougall. Yale University Press, 2016. Hardcover, 424 pages, $30. Reviewed by Richard M. Gamble Walter McDougall begins his sober analysis of civil religion...
Sufism as Civil Religion?

Sufism as Civil Religion?

Caliphate Redefined: The Mystical Turn in Ottoman Political Thought by Hüseyin Yilmaz. Princeton University Press, 2018. Hardcover, 384 pages, $40. Reviewed by Fitzroy Morrissey In his very useful pocket-guide The Caliphate: A Pelican Introduction (2016), the...
The Center Holds

The Center Holds

The Midwestern Moment: The Forgotten World of Early Twentieth Century Midwestern Regionalism, 1880–1940 Edited by Jon K. Lauck. Hastings College Press, 2017. Hardcover, 306 pages, $40. Reviewed by Nicole M. King “The Corn Belt,” “America’s Breadbasket,” “The...
What Kind of Art Is the Videogame?

What Kind of Art Is the Videogame?

Shadow of the Colossus Directed by Fumito Ueda. Sony Computer Entertainment, 2005, 2011, 2018. Nintendo PlayStation, $20. By Ben Conroy Can videogames be art? This question plunges one immediately into the pitched battle about the definition of art. Perhaps some...

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