Books

We Shouldn't Forget Liberalism's Religious Roots
September 19, 2014 5:00 PM

21st-century liberalism is a pale shadow of its 19th-century ancestor.

Finally, a Russian Jewish Novel Breaks Out of the Autobiographical Rut
September 19, 2014 12:35 PM

New novel asks how the heroism of Soviet-era Jewish dissidents becomes a blueprint for political action for a new generation.

The New Republic Releases "Insurrections of the Mind: 100 Years of Politics and Culture in America"
September 16, 2014

The New Republic publishes "Insurrections of the Mind" to celebrate its 100th anniversary.

Was the Spiritual Father of the GOP Actually a Democrat?
September 14, 2014

A new history of Lincoln's Republican Party may find favor with liberals, but seems to leave out many details.  

These Books Won't Change Your Life: A Guide to Literary Self-Help
September 11, 2014

One of the publishing industry's most irritating trends

I Thought I Hated the New Atheists. Then I Read Sam Harris's New Book.
The new atheist trounce: Science, spirituality, and common sense bump heads
September 10, 2014

The facile heresy of the New Atheists is generally more bourgeois theatre than legitimate intellectual debate. Is Sam Harris's new book different? 

It Is Our Duty to Practice Harsh Criticism
A literary manifesto for the ages
September 10, 2014

A literary manifesto for the ages.

How Scalia's Beliefs Completely Changed the Supreme Court
And therefore, the country
September 09, 2014

With 28 years on the bench, his beliefs have seeped into nearly ever aspect of federal law. 

'A Great Symphony of American Junk'
What David Foster Wallace misunderstood about John Updike
September 08, 2014

What David Foster Wallace got wrong about John Updike.

Why Has the American Literary Canon Admitted So Few Historians?
Two mid-century scholars are finally getting their due
September 06, 2014

Two mid-century scholars finally get their due

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