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Communal Foundations

The Idea of Civil Society by adam seligman free press, 220 pages, $24.95 Adam Seligman’s book, while primarily a theoretical, historical, and social inquiry into the notion of civil society, is motivated by a contemporary concern: namely, the felt need for a new representation of society in . . . . Continue Reading »

Homesick in Miami

The Exile: Cuba in the Heart of Miami by david rieff simon & schuster, 220 pages, $21 City on the Edge: the transformation of miami by alejandro portes and alex stepick university of california press, 281 pages, $25 As the Fidel Castro deathwatch reaches its thirty-fifth anniversary, the . . . . Continue Reading »

War in the Classroom

Battleground: One Mother's Crusade, The Religious Right, and the Struggle for Control of our Classrooms  by stephen bates  poseidon press, 365 pages, $24 The 1983 protest by a group of parents in Hawkins County, Tennessee, against certain stories and themes in the public school reading . . . . Continue Reading »

Why Churches Fail

A Generation of Seekers: The Spiritual Journeys of the Baby Boom Generation by wade clark roof harpercollins, 311 pages, $20 Beyond Establishment: Protestant Identity in a Post-Protestant Age ed. jackson carroll and wade clark roof westminster/john knox press, 361 pages, $19.99 It is well known that . . . . Continue Reading »

Poisoned Eros

Love and Friendship by allan bloom simon & schuster, 590 pages, $25 “Christianity gave Eros poison to drink. He didn’t die, but became vice.” This is one of Nietzsche’s more famous obiter dicta, and Allan Bloom finds the occasion to cite it more than once in this, his last book, . . . . Continue Reading »

Getting Real

A few months ago my stepdaughter turned eleven. On the verge of adolescence, Stella wonders daily about the stuff of female life. Hair, clothes, boyfriends. Condoms, sexual harassment, abortion. A New York City kid’s list of concerns is somewhat more bewildering than mine was at her age. At the . . . . Continue Reading »

St. Evelyn Waugh

Evelyn Waugh: The Early Years 1903–1939 by martin stannard norton (1987), 537 pages, $10.95 paper Evelyn Waugh: The Later Years 1939–1966 by martin stannard norton (1992), 512 pages, $25.95 cloth Many great novelists have had intricate, even prickly, personalities. But in Evelyn Waugh, . . . . Continue Reading »

The World's Oldest Virtue

Whenever there is a contest between etiquette and acknowledged virtues, etiquette loses. Hardly anyone would dispute the proposition that morals are more important than mere manners, and the assertion that etiquette can and should be jettisoned for a higher good is commonly made and accepted in . . . . Continue Reading »

Nihilism and the End of Law

When President Bush nominated Judge Clarence Thomas to a vacancy on the United States Supreme Court, liberals opposed to confirming the nomination at first directed critical scrutiny to statements the nominee had made in favor of employing “natural law” in constitutional interpretation. The . . . . Continue Reading »

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