How Graham Greene’s ‘Brighton Rock’ helped me become Catholic
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'Brighton Rock' made me feel ready to become a Catholic after so many years of deliberately not being one. I, too, frequently felt lost and agnostic. The story of Rose and Pinkie—so similar, so different, both human—was like a piece I found that had been missing from my puzzle ..read more
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Review: Mary Beard on Roman imperial power
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An account of “what it meant to be a Roman emperor,” Mary Beard's new book is also a sustained exploration of tradition embodied by an individual ruler ..read more
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Review: A heroine’s journey
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Lauren Groff's new novel inverts Defoe’s "Robinson Crusoe" by casting a girl—and only briefly, much later on in the novel, the woman—as its heroine ..read more
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Review: America’s two-front dilemma in World War II
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Books about World War II are ubiquitous in the nonfiction section, but "Hitler's American Gamble" is the rare recent work with a genuinely new contribution to make, not just to our understanding of the past but also to our understanding of the present ..read more
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Review: In his latest book, Christian Wiman looks despair in the face
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In 'Zero at the Bone,' Christian Wiman offers a prismatic series of 50 chapters (52, counting the mystical zeros at the beginning and end) featuring essays, poems, theological reflections, personal reminiscences and literary analyses ..read more
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Review: Flannery O’Connor’s sacramental vision
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Jessica Hooten Wilson builds 'Flannery O’Connor’s ‘Why Do the Heathen Rage?’: A Behind-the-Scenes Look at a Work in Progress' around the previously unpublished manuscript pages of O’Connor’s third novel, which was never finished ..read more
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Review: Patrick Leahy, Senate stalwart
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In 'The Road Taken,' Patrick Leahy’s deeply personal new memoir, he writes lovingly about his family, his Catholic faith and his home state but seems focused largely on describing the Washington, D.C., that was—and what it has become ..read more
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Review: Tan Twan Eng’s new novel summons the spirit of Somerset Maugham
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3M ago
Somerset Maugham's short story “The Letter” serves as the linchpin of Tran Twan Eng’s third novel, “The House of Doors,” which was selected for the 2023 Booker Prize long list ..read more
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Karl Rahner’s theology of The Beatles
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4M ago
A newly available compilation of Rahner’s writings on the arts, edited and translated from the original German by Gesa Thiessen, traces Rahner’s thinking about the phenomenon of inspired enthusiasm ..read more
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The ghosts of James Joyce in Edward P. Jones’s writing
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Like the haunted Dublin of his forebear James Joyce, Edward P. Jones’s Washington, D.C., is visited by spiritual powers left off the tourist maps. Both Joyce’s and Jones’s stories move us through tragic epiphanies that leave the soul, pained by paralysis, on the threshold of conversion. Both ask us to peel our eyes open with pity for their people ..read more
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