A Quarantine Reading Journal

A Quarantine Reading Journal

Eric Hutchinson Charles Portis, Norwood Arkansas’s Charles Portis, most famous as the author of True Grit, died on February 17. Also in February, COVID-19 was spreading around the world. Of these two facts, the first calls for memorialization. The second calls for...
On Goats, and What to Do

On Goats, and What to Do

How to Burn a Goat: Farming with the Philosophers By Scott H. Moore Baylor University Press, 2019. Hardcover, 224 pp., $29.95. Reviewed by Karl C. Schaffenburg In a brief volume of shorter meditations and several more extended essays, Scott H. Moore, a philosophy...
What Lasch Knew

What Lasch Knew

The Topeka School: A Novel by Ben Lerner. Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2019. Hardcover, 304 pages, $27. Reviewed by Jon K. Lauck Ben Lerner has written an intense new novel that will mark our cultural moment for some time, even in these strange days, but in ways that,...
The Nation’s First Architect

The Nation’s First Architect

Building America: The Life of Benjamin Henry Latrobe by Jean H. Baker. Oxford University Press, 2020. Hardcover, 304 pages, $35. Reviewed by Addison Del Mastro Benjamin Henry Latrobe is, in two ways, not Pierre L’Enfant—he was not, despite his surname, French; and he...

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