That Sacred Canopy

That Sacred Canopy

The Free Speech Century by Lee C. Bollinger and Geoffrey R. Stone. Oxford University Press, 2019. Paperback, 376 pages, $21.95. Reviewed by Daniel James Sundahl In the final chapter to Lee Bollinger’s and Geoffrey R. Stone’s The Free Speech Century, the editors pose a...
Bair, Beauvoir, and the Becketeers

Bair, Beauvoir, and the Becketeers

Parisian Lives: Samuel Beckett, Simone de Beauvoir, and Me: A Memoir by Deidre Bair. Nan A. Talese, 2019. Hardcover, 368 pages, $29.95. Reviewed by Michial Farmer When she set out to write her award-winning biography of Samuel Beckett, Deirdre Bair had never even read...
Poets of Brutality and Redemption

Poets of Brutality and Redemption

Sex, Economy, Freedom & Community: Eight Essays by Wendell Berry. Counterpoint [1993], 2018. Paperback, 208 pages, $18. Reviewed by Marlo Safi Today, brutality abounds. In its countless iterations, whether the brutality toward the unborn; the poor and...
Saint Louis and the Convert Immigrants

Saint Louis and the Convert Immigrants

The Apple of His Eye: Converts from Islam in the Reign of Louis IX by William Chester Jordan. Princeton University Press, 2019. Hardcover, 200 pages, $35. Reviewed by James Baresel My suspicions are that barely a minority of well-read conservatives with an avid but...
A More Hallowed Society

A More Hallowed Society

The Lawgivers: The Parallel Lives of Numa Pompilius and Lycurgus of Sparta Translated by C. Scot Hicks and David V. Hicks. CiRCE Institute, 2019. Paperback, 167 pages, $19. Reviewed by Anthony M. Barr Plutarch’s Lives is one of the most illuminating works written in...

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