Recovering the Classics

By Paul Miller on November 10, 2014

A credentialed professional scholar of literature who hasn’t forgotten how to read great books and love them

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C.S. Lewis and the Feverish Passion of ‘Love in the Time of Cholera’

By Alexis Neal on November 25, 2013

Which is better: passion or commitment? (Hint: It’s a trick question.)

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Quoth Nathaniel Hawthorne: ‘Burn, Baby, Burn’

By Coyle Neal on September 23, 2013

A great American author strikes a match and watches the world go down in flames.

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The Once and Future (Totally Depraved) King

By Alexis Neal on August 21, 2013

In which everyone is awful, and King Arthur very nearly becomes a Calvinist

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The Woman in White and the Sassy Single Sister

By Alexis Neal on July 22, 2013

Can you have a happily-ever-after without Prince Charming?

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Chasing the Orgastic Future with Jay Gatsby

By Paul Miller on March 14, 2013

Review of The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald The first time I read The Great Gatsby, I was high on codeine—recovering from surgery—and had vivid hallucinatory dreams of the green light every night for a week. Almost twenty years later,…

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The Romance of the Noble Savage: The Deerslayer

By Paul Miller on March 13, 2013

Review of The Deerslayer by James Fenimore Cooper Five white people are holed up in a floating cabin in the middle of a lake and surrounded on all sides by woods infested with hostile Huron Indians bent on murder, rape, and…

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Slaughterhouse-Five

By Coyle Neal on January 28, 2013

Review of Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut By COYLE NEAL Billy Pilgrim has become unstuck in time. That is, he does not live from second to second as most of us do, but instead jumps to the future, and then back…

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Kafka’s World Without Grace

By Paul Miller on January 16, 2013

Review of The Trial, by Franz Kafka By PAUL D. MILLER A hundred years ago, a German-speaking Czech insurance salesman—and a secular Jew—wrote three incomplete novels and a handful of short stories and died young. His reputation soared among literati,…

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Pride and Prejudice and Blitzkrieg: Tolstoy’s War and Peace

By Paul Miller on January 3, 2013

Review of War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy By PAUL D. MILLER War and Peace is five hundred and sixty thousand words long. It is more than twice as long as Moby Dick, almost triple the length of Jane Eyre, more…

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