In the early 1930s, the modernist poets Wallace Stevens and William Carlos Williams were at similar career crossroads. Stevens was 54 and Williams was 50. It appeared their great poetry was behind them. And then came a young publisher named Ronald Lane Latimer who published their poetry and relaunched their careers, and he helped launch the careers of several others, including Robert Penn Warren. In 1938, Latimer disappeared from publishing. And it turns out that Ronald Lane Latimer wasn’t really his name. Alan Klein at Literary Hub has the story.
Amazon recently made headlines with its cancellation of a book questioning the prevailing philosophy on transgenderism. The company’s only response to questions was to point to its community standards on hate speech. And yet, as many critics of the decision pointed out, Amazon seems to have no problem with listing Hitler’s Mein Kampf, with all of its lunatic anti-Semitic ravings. Abigail Shrier at The Truth Fairy talks about book banning in an Age of Amazon.
Tim Challies has been writing about his son Nick; the young man died suddenly and unexpectedly during a sports game at college in Kentucky, where he was studying for the ministry. Many of us might question why. That’s not where Challies goes. He’s written several posts honoring the boy’s life, including this one, “To My Son on His Twenty-First Birthday.”
More Good Reads
The Deepening Life of Prayer – Malcolm Guite, George Herbert, Samuel Taylor Coleridge, Gwyneth Lewis, Kelly Belmonte, and John Donne.
“The Magpie’s Chorus” and “Brighter Horizons” – David Watt at Society of Classical Poets.
Truth is never lost, a spoken word poem – Seth Lewis.
The Lens Through Which a Christian Views Reality – Michael Kelley at Forward Progress.
How to Capture a Child’s Heart: Wrap Truth in Story – Carl Laferton at Desiring God.
Live According to a Plumb Line, Not a Pendulum – Alan Shlemon at Stand to Reason.
Hurst Castle Could Have Been Saved – Brice Stratford at The Critic Magazine.
The London Alphabet – Spitalfields Life.
Writing and Literature
What is an Author Platform? – Nathan Bransford, Literary Agent.
Innocence Lost: Reading 19th Century American Literature – Paul Krause at The Imaginative Conservative.
Life and Culture
Once Upon a Presidency – Joshua Hochschild at The American Mind (Hat Tip: James Mathew Wilson).
Ibram X. Kendi’s Antiracism Can’t Heal Us – John Hanna at The Gospel Coalition.
So, Who Were the Khazars? – Dan Shapira at Tablet Magazine.
Painting: The Woman Reading in a Garden (1903), oil on canvas by Yeghishe Tadevosyan (1870-1936).