A Landmark Tragedy

A Landmark Tragedy

New York’s Original Penn Station: The Rise and Tragic Fall of an American Landmark by Paul M. Kaplan The History Press, 2019. Paperback, 176 pages, $22. Reviewed by Matthew M. Robare The original Penn Station, which opened in 1910 and was torn down for the current...
Mobocracy and the Founding

Mobocracy and the Founding

The Will of the People: The Revolutionary Birth of America By T. H. Breen. The Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 2019. Hardcover, 216 pages, $30. Reviewed by Jason Ross In the midst of a wave of populist revolutions upsetting global politics, Timothy...
Accountancy and Authority

Accountancy and Authority

The Pale King by David Foster Wallace. Back Bay Books, 2012. Paperback, 597 pages, $18. Reviewed by Eve Tushnet At a certain point you realize that David Foster Wallace is as much a horror writer as Stephen King, and the monsters under his bed are twins: absorption...
Murray’s Lyric Lament

Murray’s Lyric Lament

The Strange Death of Europe: Immigration, Identity, Islam By Douglas Murray. Bloomsbury Continuum, 2018. Paperback, 384 pages, $20. Reviewed by Henry George Over August and September of 2015 nearly 2 million people entered Europe. Germany added 1–2 percent of its...
Why We’re All Playing Identity Politics

Why We’re All Playing Identity Politics

Why We’re Polarized by Ezra Klein. Simon & Schuster, 2020. Hardcover, 336 pages, $28. Reviewed by Austin Coffey Ezra Klein—the political journalist, blogger, former cable news host, co-founder of Vox, and current editor-at-large thereof—has published his first...
Varieties of the British Right

Varieties of the British Right

Neo-Tories: The Revolt of British Conservatives against Democracy and Political Modernity (1929–1939) by Bernhard Dietz. Bloomsbury Academic, 2018. Hardcover, 328 pages, $120 (Paper, $40.) Reviewed by James Baresel One could easily suspect that a book with the title...
An Architect Reconsiders ‘The Architecture of Servitude and Boredom’

An Originalist Proposal

By Dan Whitehead Inspired by Adrian Vermeule’s essay, “Beyond Originalism,” and to assuage the rankled feelings of right-liberals, who only muster up the tired reductio ad hitlerum as a counterargument, I propose a theory of common-good constitutionalism that fits...
Dorothy L. Sayers’s Tough Love

Dorothy L. Sayers’s Tough Love

The Gospel in Dorothy L. Sayers: Selections from Her Novels, Plays, Letters, and Essays Edited by Carole Vanderhoof. Plough Publishing House, 2018. Paperback, 241 pages, $18. Reviewed by Emina Melonic Famously called by C. S. Lewis “gleefully ogreish,” Dorothy L....
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