“It is not true that people stop pursuing dreams because they grow old, they grow old because they stop pursuing…
Books brought home from the library: The Art of Grace; Keep It Fake; The Churchill Factor; The Fellowship; South Toward…
Hurricane Katrina spawned an awesome number of literary works, and it may be that, given sufficient time to determine the full…
In Withering Slights: The Bent Pin Collection (National Review Books, 2015, ISBN 978-0-9847650-3-4, 186 pages, $24.95), the recently deceased (she…
I have always been an Art Bell fan, and judging from the extensive archives on YouTube, I am not the…
During a recent discussion in the AP Literature class I teach, I mentioned that the actor Alan Rickman had died…
In Reclaiming Conversation, author Sherry Turkle notes that significant changes sometimes come to our daily lives without our noticing, until…
With the new year now upon us, it strikes me that “something old” and “something new” is appropriate for this…
Nadia Bolz-Weber is the founder of the House for All Sinners and Saints in Denver, Colorado. She defines herself as…
My name is Joe Ecclesia. On a recent December Saturday, when I interviewed Jeff Minick about his new novel, Dust…
When I was in graduate school at Western Carolina University back in 1970, I encountered a remarkable teacher, Dr. Louise…
When we think of Peru, we think of captivating pictures of Machu Picchu. We’ve all seen them. Some of us…
In the spring of 2011, there appeared William Forschen’s One Second After, a novel set in Black Mountain, North Carolina,…
Being a lifelong Stephen King fan, I have always been pleased to note that King is always keenly aware of…
Whatever our denominations or religious beliefs, many of us are familiar with the old adage of this season: “Peace on…
Avenue of Mysteries is John Irving’s fourteenth novel and it marks another amazing tale from an author who has been…
“How near at hand it was If they had eyes to see it.” —G.M. Hopkins
In the last month, my reading of books has outstripped my reviews. Consequently, stacks of books surround the desk at…
Back in the ‘60s, I went on a science fiction bender that lasted a decade.
Many readers — and I am one of them — are fascinated by books lists. There are scores of these…
In a surfing genre memoir complete with a SurferMagazine, globe-trotting storyline, all set to a 1960s rock & roll soundtrack,…
English writer Graham Greene used to divide his literary works into entertainments, which we might call thrillers, and novels, which…
Being a historical fiction addict, I have always loved books about London, a city that has been around for over…
In The Little Paris Bookshop (Crown Publishers, 2015, 400 pages), novelist Nina George, who lives in both Germany and France,…
In 1549, Jesuit priest Francis Xavier, two companions, and a Japanese translator entered Japan, seeking to bring the Gospel into…
Some 30 years ago or so, William Styron — the acclaimed author of novels like The Confessions of Nat Turner…
This is a monumental work. Ann Miller Woodford has gathered an astonishing amount of information, including old letters, church records, unpublished…
There aren’t many successful horror fiction writers who are described as comical and/or whimsical. The terms seem incompatible. You don’t…
We Americans are noted for our ignorance of world geography. Few of us, I imagine, could distinguish Iraq from Iran…
In recent years, I have been surprised to learn that it possible for books to win prestigious awards, honors and…
As some readers of this column may know, I have spent the past six weeks in Europe, specifically the British…
In recent years, literary works that are classified as “investigative reporting” have not only become best sellers, but have lingered…
So, Scout (Jean Louise) comes back home to Maycomb — where “everyone is either kin or almost kin”— at age…
When we think of American writers living and working overseas, most of us turn to those authors who lived in…
I have been waiting for this book for a long time.  Back in 1978, I read Falling Angel, which was that…
It is not yet ten o’clock on this Saturday morning in late June, and already Rome’s Spanish Steps and the…
With literary tours, literary pub crawls, monuments, plaques, and museums, Scotland honors her writers.
Haworth, West Riding of Yorkshire, England.  It’s 4:30 in the morning, Sunday June 18, and I stood a few moments…
It is mid-June in England, and the skies are a brilliant blue. Sunshine spills on the street and the clipped…
In the opening pages of J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit, we meet Bilbo Baggins, a hobbit who treasures his snug home…
I have always been a Russell Banks fan, and when I look back over the last 40 years, he has…
About two months ago, I began culling books from my shelves. I live in an apartment with several thousand books,…
Some 30 years ago, I saw a disturbing film entitled “Koyaanisqatsi.” The title comes from a Hopi word meaning “unbalanced life.”…
In the last decade, British authorities uncovered evidence of massive sexual abuse and human trafficking in Rotherham, South Yorkshire. Two…
Back in the days when I still believed in Santa Claus (well, actually I still believe, I just no longer…
In Withering Slights: The Bent Pin Collection (National Review Books, 2015, ISBN 978-0-9847650-3-4, 186 pages, $24.95), Florence King demonstrates once…
The growing threat of drought in the Southeast and the problems of “water politics” has prodded the memory of many…
Spartanburg poet and nonfiction writer John Lane has broken out of his comfort zone and journeyed into the netherworld of…
Many Americans — and I count myself among them — are often hard on Europeans when it comes to issues…
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