Edmund Wilson was a man of immense erudition, and many quirks. Few biographers can hope to do him justice; his most recent one hasn't.
Garden or Wilderness?
Leo Marx's strikingly original account of how 19th-century Americans tried to refashion the pastoral ideal still resonates.
Tinseltown's Tin Ear
Hollywood is having box office troubles; a review of some recent and prospective films shows why.
The Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism has turned one hundred years old. An eminent economic historian provides a slice-of-life illustration of Weber's wisdom.
The Gloryland Chorus
Robert Wuthnow worries that America's traditional "live and let live" approach to religious diversity isn't good enough. He seeks a more engaged pluralism, but his own analysis suggests he's not likely to get it.
A guide to the hundreds of books that have been written in the past four years about Islamist terrorism and the 9/11 attacks.
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