Writing

Looking out onto the world

If Father and Son (1907) is a “document,” a “record” of fact, and a “diagnosis” of a cultural moment—which is how the poet and critic Edmund Gosse (1849-1928) puts it at the outset of his auto/biography—that is not because of its pretensions to scientific objectivity, its implied invocation of a naturalist’s standard of normalcy, or …

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To end poverty

On the Gospels, Karl Marx, and some contemporary Marxists.

Isaiah’s vision

Thinking with the Bible en français. The Book of Isaiah, Chapter 1.

A sudden disintegration

A review of “The Evangelicals: The Struggle to Shape America” (2017), by Frances Fitzgerald.

Bear witness

On Richard Ford’s novel “Canada.”

No religion

An essay on the political consequences of the decline in religious identity.

Commit sociology

Why Stephen Harper’s attack on the social sciences is bogus.