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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Rambling Through a Classic Western

By Coyle Neal on April 11, 2013

Review of Warlock by Oakley Hall The sky over your head will be bronze, the ground beneath you iron. (Deut. 28:23) For a Western, Warlock is a ridiculously complicated book. In one sense, it is a novelization of the Gunfight at the O.K. Corral and the Lincoln County War. In…

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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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How to Murder Sin

By Paul Miller on April 4, 2013

Review of The Mortification of Sin by John Owen This is one of the most challenging books I have ever read. Every Christian would benefit from reading this book: no one would profit from skimming it. Read this book, but do…

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Doctrine is for Living the Christian Life

By Kendrick Kuo on March 27, 2013

Review of The Christian Life: A Doctrinal Introduction by Sinclair Ferguson Sinclair Ferguson’s The Christian Life: A Doctrinal Introduction, along with John Murray’s Redemption Accomplished and Applied, are my top two picks when recommending an introduction to systematic theology for folks…

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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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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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Lots of Stupid Christians

By Schaeffer's Ghost on March 12, 2013

Review of The Democratization of American Christianity by Nathan O. Hatch For as long as I can remember, I’ve been addicted to the bandwagon. Consequently, here is my contribution to the ongoing Schaeffer’s Ghost discussion of the intellectual state of…

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A Morally-Complex Game of Thrones

By Kendrick Kuo on March 7, 2013

As in real life, sometimes it’s hard to see moral clarity in complex situations.

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