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

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How to Read a Book: Donna Tartt’s The Goldfinch

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Here’s a conversation that you will have if you, at any point in your life, read a novel: You’ll dislike some aspect of it (let’s say the main character is flat and boring), you will voice this criticism of the novel (“the main character is flat and boring”), and then you will be told, no, that’s the point, he’s meant to be flat and boring, the book is an examination of the flat and boring. That brings us to Donna Tartt’s new book, The Goldfinch, which is made up of 771 lovely pages staring unblinking into the void. . . . Continue Reading »

Blog Roundup: I Want to Believe

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Happy Thursday! Here’s what we have for you today. Peter Leithart is reading about: Cornelius Van Til , the humanity of Christ, Ukraine , and bodies . Dr. Boli gets into the posters-for-your-dentist’s-office game . Here at First Thoughts , Phillip Cary writes about what God did not find . . . . Continue Reading »

Blog Roundup: Puritans and Priorities

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Happy Tuesday! Here’s what we have for you today. The Puritans did not have “art,” in the modern sense, says Maureen Mullarkey —just beauty . Peter Leithart is reading about: Dickens , Auerbach , Joban complaints , Abraham , and cinematic sex . Here at First Thoughts , we . . . . Continue Reading »