Category Archives: Literature

Cormac McCarthy’s Gnosticism

In First Things, Peter Leithart has a brief article on “Cormac McCarthy’s Gnosticism”: Whatever the religious borrowings, McCarthy puts his sources to good literary use. Few writers are capable of the lush phantasmagoria of the battle scenes in Blood Meridian. … Continue reading

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The Man Who Would Be King (1888)

From Rudyard Kipling’s “The Man Who Would Be King” (1888): “‘In another six months,’ says Dravot, ‘we’ll hold another Communication and see how you are working.’ Then he asks them about their villages, and learns that they was fighting one … Continue reading

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RIP: Robert Pirsig

Robert Pirsig has died. In late high school (or early college, I can’t definitively recall), I read Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance and was greatly affected by it. I’m not so sure how well it holds up today, … Continue reading

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Douthat: “White Pride and Prejudice”

In “White Pride and Prejudice”, Ross Douthat rhetorically posits the Internet itself as his interlocutor: “Why my dear, you must know, it seems that certain young men of dubious character, not content with seizing ‘The Matrix’ and Taylor Swift and … Continue reading

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George Eliot & Contemporary Jewish Separatism

Tablet magazine, it should be known, focuses on All Things Jewish. On their website currently, alongside articles like “It’s Time for Intersectionality to Include the Jews”, “Are Jews at Risk for Parkinson’s Disease?”, or another that celebrates how “Jewishly inflected, … Continue reading

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Camp of the Saints: Steve Bannon Edition

Over on the fringes, at the Huffington Post, Paul Blumenthal (ahem) has a piece titled “This Stunningly Racist French Novel Is How Steve Bannon Explains The World”. Stephen Bannon, President Donald Trump’s chief strategist and the driving force behind the administration’s … Continue reading

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The Wrath Of The Awakened Saxon

The Wrath Of The Awakened Saxon by Rudyard Kipling It was not part of their blood, It came to them very late, With long arrears to make good, When the Saxon began to hate. They were not easily moved, They … Continue reading

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Is My Novel Offensive?

In Slate we have “Is My Novel Offensive?”. How “sensitivity readers” are changing the publishing ecosystem—and raising new questions about what makes a great book. The cannibalization taking place on the Left is so great to witness. The article’s first … Continue reading

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The Resurrection of Sinclair Lewis

Don’t let its tongue in cheek nature fool you. “4 Sinclair Lewis Novels More Relevant Than ‘It Can’t Happen Here’” is an article published not in The Nation, nor in The Huffington Post, but in… The Weekly Standard: Hot on … Continue reading

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Douthat: Books for the Trump Era

In “Books for the Trump Era”, apologetic, hat-in-hand, cuckservative, and token NYT’s “conservative ”Ross Douthat recommends some reading for those on the Left still stunned by Trump’s win. After name-dropping, to prove he’s well-versed in liberal authors (“Look, I read … Continue reading

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