Joseph Epstein explains why we should read novels

The Novel, Who Needs It by Joseph Epstein (Encounter, $25.99, 142 page) Paul Tuns Cards on the table: Joseph Epstein is one of my favourite authors. I have more than 20 of his books on my shelves, most of them collections of literary essays. His essays on authors have led me to read hundreds of books I might not otherwise have bothered [...]

2023-09-06T12:15:24-04:00September 6, 2023|Reviews|

Tragic Flaw: Robert Kaplan’s mea culpa

Interim writer, Rick McGinnis, Amusements It might be easier to be optimistic about the future if we published more mea culpas – books like Robert D. Kaplan’s recent The Tragic Mind: Fear, Fate and the Burden of Power, in which the author confesses to a heavy conscience in the wake of what he considers two errors of judgment that ended [...]

2023-08-01T08:15:47-04:00August 1, 2023|Reviews, Rick McGinnis|

Pioneers of Capitalism: The Netherlands 1000–1800

Pioneers of Capitalism: The Netherlands 1000–1800 Maarten Prak and Jan Luiten van Zanden (Princeton University Press, $50, 261 pages) Economics historians Maarten Prak and Jan Luiten have written an excellent book on the development of capitalism that is steeped in history, economics, sociology, and theology. The authors show that free markets grew locally, where merchants were able to limit or escape from [...]

2023-07-11T11:52:18-04:00July 11, 2023|Reviews|

Parfit: A Philosopher and His Mission to Save Morality

Parfit: A Philosopher and His Mission to Save Morality David Edmonds (Princeton, $40, 380 pages) Oxford University philosophy professor Derek Parfit is one of the most important and influential philosophers of the last half century but is barely known outside academia. He made important contributions to questions such as identity and freedom, but might be best known for his ideas about future [...]

2023-07-12T13:42:08-04:00July 10, 2023|Reviews|

Abortion’s sordid history

Paul Tuns: The Story of Abortion in America by Marvin Olasky and Leah Savas (Crossway, $53, 494 pages) Marvin Olasky, author of the Tragedy of American Compassion and Abortion Rites, and Leah Savas, who writes about abortion for World magazine, have written a remarkable work of scholarship, a deep dive into what the subtitle promises, “A Street-Level History, 1652-2022,” of abortion. The [...]

2023-06-15T10:16:10-04:00June 15, 2023|Abortion, Reviews|

Pro-labour Right needed

Oswald Clark, Review: Hell to Pay: How the Suppression of Wages is Destroying America by Michael Lind (Portfolio, $39, 213 pages) Conservative writer Michael Lind has followed up his book The New Class War which looked at the trans-Atlantic West through the prism of the growing economic and cultural gap between the university-educated overclass and the working class, with Hell to Pay, a [...]

2023-06-14T13:17:42-04:00June 14, 2023|Reviews|

Is the West done?

Paul Tuns, Review: Where Next? Western Civilization at the Crossroads: Essays from The New Criterion Edited by Roger Kimball (Encounter, $28, 234 pages) The New Criterion is an essential conservative review of the culture today, focused on the visual arts, music, books, and the goings-on in academia. Every few years they have a year-long series in their monthly journal dedicated to a particular [...]

2023-06-07T14:55:53-04:00June 7, 2023|Reviews|

Read his mind: Remembering Gordon Lightfoot

Rick McGinnis: Interim writer, Rick McGinnis, Amusements If you were a fan, you might have experienced the death of singer Gordon Lightfoot last month in different ways depending on where you lived. Expressions of grief and mourning were a testament to his popularity on both sides of the 49th parallel and all over the world, but the tributes and reminiscences [...]

2023-06-06T09:49:05-04:00June 6, 2023|Reviews|


Ringmaster: Vince McMahon and the Unmaking of America Abraham Reisman (Atria Books, $39.99, 452 pages) Freelance writer Abraham Reisman has written a fascinating book with a misleading title, Ringmaster: Vince McMahon and the Unmaking of America. It is common for pundits to make comparisons between the showbiz of professional wrestling and the celebrity style of modern politics, with some offering theories that [...]

2023-06-02T11:04:44-04:00June 2, 2023|Reviews|

Highly Irregular

Highly Irregular: Why Tough, Through, and Dough Don’t Rhyme and Other Oddities of the English Language Arika Okrent (Oxford UP, $20.95, 264 pages) Linguist Arika Okrent has written a delightful book on the oddities of the English language, Highly Irregular. Okrent looks at hundreds of words and phrases that do not conform to the normal rules of spelling, pronunciation, grammar, and usage, [...]

2023-06-02T10:50:04-04:00June 2, 2023|Reviews|

The next awful decades

Rick McGinnis: Perhaps because no place makes us more anxious than the future, there’s a bottomless appetite for predictions about what happens next. Last year Peter Zeihan broke from the usual pack of prognosticators with The End of the World is Just Beginning: Mapping the Collapse of Globalization, a thick but very readable book about the world-changing crisis he says has already [...]

2023-04-17T10:30:18-04:00April 17, 2023|Reviews, Society & Culture|

Religious Liberty and the American Founding

Religious Liberty and the American Founding: Natural Rights and the Original Meaning of the First Amendment Religion Classes Vincent Philip Muñoz (University of Chicago Press, $41 pb, 334 pages) Notre Dame professor of law Vincent Philip Muñoz thoroughly examines the original meaning of the religion clause of the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution as understood through the debates at America’s founding, [...]

2023-04-06T10:54:29-04:00April 6, 2023|Religion, Reviews|

World’s end: enjoy the decline

Rick McGinnis: Interim writer, Rick McGinnis, Amusements There’s an evergreen appeal to books about the world going to hell. There might be better or worse times to tell a story about civilization falling apart – the ‘30s and ‘70s were ripe for it; the ‘60s and ‘90s not so much. We’re in one of those doomsaying boom times again. I [...]

2023-03-30T11:03:38-04:00March 30, 2023|Reviews, Rick McGinnis, Society & Culture|

Derek Sloan in his own words

Angelica Vecchiato: Glorious and Free By Derek Sloan (Sloan Publishing Inc., $38.80, 270 pages) Since Derek Sloan was kicked out of Conservative Party of Canada caucus in 2021, the tales of his political career have garnered quasi-mythic proportions. In the mainstream media vernacular, the former Conservative MP turned Ontario Party leader has been condemned as a “racist” for accepting a donation from [...]

2023-03-17T14:51:05-04:00March 17, 2023|Politics, Reviews|
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