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.

End Times
The Limits of Decadence

In The Decadent Society, Ross Douthat argues that today’s West is characterized more by enervation than outright depravity. But in order to emphasize the sustainability of decadence, Douthat has to keep insisting things really aren’t that bad . . . yet.

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Fiction and Faith
A Catholic Novel for a Post-Truth World

What should a religious novel look like in the age of Silicon Valley and Donald Trump? Randy Boyagoda’s riotous satire Original Prin offers an answer.

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Secular Religion
Finding Faith and Losing Religion in Flyover Country

Meghan O’Gieblyn’s new essay collection cuts to the heart of America’s cultural divide—and reveals the ties that bind secular progressives and fundamentalist Christians alike.

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Life of the Mind
To Think or Not to Think?

Alan Jacobs’s latest book is a guide for thinking seriously in an age of distraction—but it falls prey to the very kind of habits which he aims to counter.

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