The Girl of Slender Meanings

The Girl of Slender Meanings

Muriel Spark’s Early Fiction: Literary Subversion and Experiments with Form by James Bailey. University of Edinburgh Press, 2021. Hardback, 224 pages, $100. Reviewed by Asher Gelzer-Govatos Reading critical approaches to a favorite author can be an exercise in futile...
Women’s Good News

Women’s Good News

The Women of the Bible Speak: The Wisdom of 16 Women and Their Lessons for Today By Shannon Bream. Broadside Books, 2021. Hardcover, 256 pages, $26. Reviewed by Annmarie McLaughlin It’s not every day that a major news organization promotes a book entirely about...
Town Politics

Town Politics

Strong Towns: A Bottom-Up Revolution to Rebuild American Prosperity By Charles L. Marohn Jr. Wiley, 2019. Hardcover, 256 pages, $25. Reviewed by Matthew Robare Strong Towns: A Bottom-Up Revolution to Rebuild American Prosperity is an amazing achievement by Charles L....
Magpies, Verbal Jugglers, and True Liberty

Magpies, Verbal Jugglers, and True Liberty

The Metalogicon: A Twelfth-Century Defense of the Verbal and Logical Arts of the Trivium by John of Salisbury, translated by Daniel McGarry Paul Dry Books, 2009. Paperback, 305 pages, $22.95. Reviewed by Jared Zimmerer In an age of relativism and scientific...
Breaking the Crockery

Breaking the Crockery

The Free World: Art and Thought in the Cold War by Louis Menand. Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2021. Hardcover, 857 pages $35. Reviewed by Andrew Bacevich Let us dispose of the superlatives first: In terms of both style and substance, The Free World represents an...

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