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Puritanism Then and Now

From the January 2020 Print Edition

When Greta Thunberg, the teenage Green activist, crossed the Atlantic last summer to address the United Nations, one could hear echoes of the pilgrim voyagers of the seventeenth century. Thunberg’s speech to the General Assembly, including the tears shed both by the speaker and by the devoted . . . . Continue Reading »

Spirit for the Ages

From the Aug/Sept 2016 Print Edition

Gin: The Manual by david broom mitchell beazley, 224 pages, $19.99 Britain’s two national drinks—beer and gin—have both undergone a revival in the last decade. Twenty years ago, if you drove through Kent, you would see them plowing up the hop fields. No one, it was thought, would ever want to . . . . Continue Reading »

Haven't an Inkling

From the March 2016 Print Edition

Charles Williams: The Third Inklingby grevel lindopoxford, 464 pages, $34.95 C harles Williams (1886–1945) was a cult figure in his lifetime, and he remains one. The word “cult” here describes someone who cannot easily be judged by conventional standards of literary taste. His seven novels, . . . . Continue Reading »