T. K. Rabb: In Memoriam

T. K. Rabb: In Memoriam

As 2019 begins to wind down, we take stock of the year and note the gaps left by our losses. One such loss is Theodore (T. K.) Rabb, professor emeritus of history at Princeton University, who passed away this January. Born in Czechoslovakia in 1937 to a Jewish...
The Empire Has No Clothes

The Empire Has No Clothes

How to Hide an Empire: A History of the Greater United States by Daniel Immerwahr. Farrar, Strauss & Giroux, 2019. Hardcover, 528 pages, $30. Reviewed by Joseph S. Laughon. A common Lovecraftian theme is the peril in searching deep within one’s own history for...
A Nudge toward Freedom?

A Nudge toward Freedom?

On Freedom by Cass R. Sunstein Princeton University Press, 2019. Hardcover, 136 pages, $12.95 Reviewed by Daniel James Sundahl After a two-day symposium on “Freedom and Western Civilization” sponsored by Hillsdale College, awaiting me at home was Professor Cass R....
‘These Global Days’

‘These Global Days’

The Grail Mass and Other Works by David Jones. Ed. Thomas Goldpaugh and Jamie Callison. Bloomsbury Academic, 2019. Hardcover, xi + 279 pp., $176. Reviewed by Adam Schwartz David Jones (1895–1974) opens his modern epic, The Anathemata (1952), by quoting the Historia...
The Origin of the Secular Species

The Origin of the Secular Species

Dominion: How the Christian Revolution Remade the World by Tom Holland. Basic Books, 2019. Hardcover, 624 pages, $32. Reviewed by Ben Sixsmith “Just as the Bishop of Oxford refused to consider that he might be descended from an ape,” Tom Holland writes cleverly in the...
Stranger Malls

Stranger Malls

Stranger Things, Season 3 Directed by the Duffer Brothers. Netflix, 2019. Reviewed by Titus Techera The third season of Stranger Things, the hit science-fiction horror series on Netflix, should have been called “Love at the Mall.” The action revolves around the...
The Socialist You Should Be Reading

The Socialist You Should Be Reading

The Story of the Amulet by Edith Nesbit. Virago Modern Classics, 2017 (First published by T. Fisher Unwin, 1906) Softcover, 301 pages, $12. Reviewed by Rebekah Curtis Edith Nesbit is the ideal children’s author. Her imagination is vast, her skill for verisimilitude...
The Secular Myth

The Secular Myth

Western Culture Today and Tomorrow: Addressing the Fundamental Issues by Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger. Ignatius Press, 2019. Paperback, 170 pages, $17. Reviewed by Casey Chalk An old friend of mine recently declared that individual American citizens cannot advocate...
How Conservatives Can Come Home

How Conservatives Can Come Home

This interview with Ted V. McAllister and Bruce P. Frohnen, authors of Coming Home: Reclaiming America’s Conservative Soul, covers topics including the necessary connection between history and idealism and the enduring relationship of opportunity and equality in the...
Homesick for Eternity

Homesick for Eternity

Incurable: The Haunted Writings of Lionel Johnson, the Decadent Era’s Dark Angel by Lionel Johnson, edited by Nina Antonia. Strange Attractor Press, 2019. Paperback, 216 pages, $20. Reviewed by Scott Beauchamp The German-Korean philosopher Byung-Chul Han writes in The...
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