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The Ascent to Truth by Thomas Merton
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Tar - A Midwest Childhood by Sherwood Anderson
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Sometimes an author is famous for a particular book, and sometimes when you read something else by that author, you realize why. Anderson's Winesburg, Ohio, is a triumphant example of what this tries and fails to be, i.e. charmingly naive, pleasantly ...more
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I say of Christopher Manners, as Gauguin is supposed to have said, "I love him because he bleeds ink."
It's nice to see someone being earnest about important things in iambics. You don't see it much since about 1880. It's easy to tell that the author
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Institutes of the Christian Religion by John Calvin
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I have been attempting to be an intellectually serious Calvinist for a little more than a decade now, but I never got around to reading The Man Himself until Marilynne Robinson's essays convinced me it'd be worthwhile. And I'm here to tell you that i ...more
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Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders
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In American Lit classes I have occasionally done a brief lesson or series that I call "Admirers of Abe" which runs through some of the great literature done on Lincoln. (Steal this idea: Whitman, Sandburg, Vatchel Lindsay, Edgar Lee Masters.) This le ...more
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Love Kindness by Barry H. Corey
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The main argument of the book is that Christians need to have a 'hard center' but 'soft edges,' which will keep them from being culturally and emotionally aggressive on the one hand (hard edges) and also from being doctrinally or morally wishy-washy ...more
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The Blue Castle by L.M. Montgomery
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Selected Poems of Thomas Hardy by Thomas Hardy
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Hardy, Robinson Jeffers and Robert Frost all have a kind of shared secret thesis informing all their work: Whether or not there's a God to reward a good life, it's certainly better to live a good life. Hardy hits this in a way that is wistful without ...more
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