Rare and Common Sense

From the November 2017 Print Edition

Simon Leys:  Navigator Between Worlds by philippe paquet translated by julie rose la trobe, 720 pages, $59.99 It is a curious fact that Communist dictatorships were at their most popular among Western intellectuals while they still had the courage of their brutality. Once they settled down to . . . . Continue Reading »

The Necessity of Judgment

From the October 2017 Print Edition

Montaigne: A Lifeby philippe desantranslated by steven rendall and lisa nealprinceton, 832 pages, $39.95 When faced with a biography that could as well stop a door as fill a shelf, one’s first question is always, “Does the subject merit this exhaustive treatment?” There are a few historical . . . . Continue Reading »

The Brothers Grim

From the June/July 2010 Print Edition

Hitch-22 by christopher hitchens twelve, 448 pages, $26  The Rage Against God: How Atheism Led Me to Faith by peter hitchenszondervan, 224 pages, $22 Anyone with a sibling knows that a background and DNA in common do not guarantee a complete coincidence of views. Thus, it is not in . . . . Continue Reading »