B. D. McClay is a junior fellow at First Things.

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First Links — 6.16.14

From First Thoughts

Mary Beard’s Greece: A Walk on the Wise Side
Mary Beard, The Guardian

Book Review: ‘Rebbe’ by Joseph Telushkin and ‘My Rebbe’ by Adin Steinsaltz
Dara Horn, Wall Street Journal

How Losing My Daughter Changed My Faith
Kyle Cupp, The Daily Beast

The Last World Cup: After Brazil 2014, is the Tournament Finished?
Jason Cowley, The New Statesman

Is the Chinese Regime Changing its Policy Toward Christianity?
Peter Berger, The American Interest

First Links — 6.11.14

From First Thoughts

Inmates perform Shakespeare’s The Tempest at Grafton Correctional Institution
Stephanie Metzger, The Morning Journal

Victorian Occultism and the Art of Synesthesia
Benjamin Breen, The Appendix

Orange Is The New Black Spreads Empathy in All Directions
Todd VanDerWerff, The AV Club

Brief Notes on Science
Gonçalo M. Tavares, Asymptote

The Female Sufi Mystics of the Pankisi Gorge
Tara Isabella Burton, Al Jazeera America
(h/t: Tristyn Bloom)