Category Books

The Habits of Men’s Minds (a review of De Lubac’s “Catholicism”)

All the same a change was gradually wrought upon the habits of men’s minds. Their whole picture of the world was changed. Just as they would no longer see the spiritual reflected in the sensible or the universal and the particular as reciprocally symbolical, so the idea of the relationship between the physical body of […]

Book Review: Laurus by Eugene Vodolazkin

Laurus can be described as historical fiction, it takes place in 15th century Russia, but that gives the wrong impression about the contents. It does not simply tell a medieval story, it tells the story in a medieval way. The mental barriers between us and the past are high. The modern mentality is very different from the primitive, ancient, or medieval […]

Summer Reading

By the end of April I will have been liberated from classes. I have many goals for the summer and one is to build my attention span back to what it used to be. That means less internet and more reading in the evenings. I am going to have a pile of career-related stuff to read, but […]

Hating your customers

Spider-Man was a great character; his super powers were just plausible enough to get me to suspend my disbelief: getting bit by a radioactive spider messed with his DNA… somehow… it was good enough. Quite unlike that that irritating crew known as the X-Men, none of whom were able to carry a comic book on his own so they had […]

More Apocalyptic Fiction

We live in apocalyptic times, that is, times when we realize that the prevailing order is unstable, that our idols have feet of clay or our houses are built on sand or whatever other Biblical metaphor comes to mind. This old book review of mine (from 2012!) reflects on an older, much more severe cultural crisis: […]

How I learned to stop worrying and embrace the apocalypse

For some reason this post from 2013 about Walker Percy’s Love in the Ruins is getting lots of traffic. That is fitting: it is an apocalyptic novel and we are coming off an apocalyptic year. Now is a great time to read this book. Apocalypses are written by prophets, and much of it has come to pass. […]

Cheap Used Books!

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