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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Swamplandia! Should Remain a Short Story

By Kendrick Kuo on April 15, 2013

Review of Swamplandia! by Karen Russell Although Swamplandia! somehow stole one of the three finalist positions for the 2012 Pulitzer Prize in Fiction, the book lacks the strength to compete at that level. It is a simple exile-and-return story of…

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The Sense of an Ending: Meditations on Memory and Self-Deception

By Kendrick Kuo on April 8, 2013

Review of The Sense of an Ending by Julian Barnes The Sense of an Ending is a novella by Julian Barnes that explores the limits of memory and how memory affects defines us. Published in 2011, it won the Man…

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‘On the Road’ to Nowhere

By Alexis Neal on March 26, 2013

Review of On the Road by Jack Kerouac When I moved to D.C., some friends and I started a book club. Our goal was to work our way through the classics of English/American Literature and read the books that everyone else…

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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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P.G. Wodehouse Meets Jonathan Edwards

By Justin Hawkins on October 19, 2012

Review of Evangellyfish by Douglas Wilson By JUSTIN HAWKINS Commenting in his youth on his own pastorate, Reinhold Niebuhr remarked that “I make no apology for being critical of what I love. No one wants a love which is based upon…

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True Grit, Old School

By Alexis Neal on September 24, 2012

Review of True Grit by Charles Portis By ALEXIS NEAL Mattie Ross is no ordinary fourteen-year-old. She has a head for figures, good business sense, excellent bargaining skills, and a stubborn streak a mile wide. Oh, and she’s looking for…

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By Coyle Neal on August 2, 2012

Review of Inferno by  Larry Niven and Jerry Pournelle By COYLE NEAL In my college Epic Poetry class, I was given the assignment of writing a new Canto to Dante’s Inferno. I had two ideas that seemed equally appealing, so…

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The Serpent in Eden in Crossing to Safety

By Julia Polese on July 18, 2012

Review of Crossing to Safety by Wallace Stegner By JULIA POLESE Crossing to Safety is Pulitzer Prize-winning author Wallace Stegner’s final novel.  It is a story of two couples coping with the loss of Eden. Told from the perspective of Larry…

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