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The Literary Life
The Enduring Chill of Flannery O’Connor

A new documentary captures the steely genius and hard-earned faith of the great Southern Gothic writer.

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Philosopher of the Heart
How Should One Live?

This is the question that tormented Søren Kierkegaard, perhaps the first great philosopher to process our modern world—and it comes to life in Clare Carlisle’s unconventional new biography.

Who Are We?
The Errors of Rationalism

A new novel by Christopher Beha catalogues them one by one—and reminds us why human beings are worth writing about.

discipline and punish
August Vollmer and the Sins of the Father

A biography of “the father of American policing” offers timely insights into his progressive, professional approach to policing, but fails to grapple with the darker side of his legacy.

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Border Fight
Regaining Control

A new book seeks to rein in the rhetorical excesses on both sides of the immigration divide.

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A Study in Poetry
Eliot the Enigmatic

A new collection of “The Essential T.S. Eliot” samples his poetic genius, but fails to meet the modern reader halfway.

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Weekend Watch
Will the Real Mrs. America Please Stand Up?

FX’s fictionalized take on Phyllis Schlafly asks a question that’s still with us today: Who gets to claim the mantle of a women’s movement?

Retroview
When the Monsters Come Due

Sixty years later, the most portentous episode of The Twilight Zone resonates for its chilling study of paranoia and mob psychology.

Twilight of the Intellectuals
Plumbing the Allure of Authoritarianism

Anne Applebaum’s new book grapples with why former friends abandoned liberalism as authoritarianism gained ground across the West.

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E Pluribus Unum
“Stagnant Dreamers” in Southern California

Is the Golden State really the gold standard for assimilating immigrants? Four books illustrate the tensions, trade-offs, and ironies of California’s immigration policies.

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