When Brexit was approved, British and European elites in the media, universities, business, and government seemed to uniformly predict disaster and upheaval for Britain. Then came the pandemic. Tim Congdon at The Critic Magazine describes what happened next.
Michael Dirda at the Washington Post asks an interesting literary question: was Edgar Allen Poe the most influential American writer? He doesn’t say the best writer, but the most influential. And he makes a good case.
It wasn’t only the news media that misled all of us about how possible it was that COVID-19 came from a lab. Scientific journals played their part, too. Ian Birrell at UnHerd assesses the role of journals like Nature and The Lancet.
No one ever would have believed that a novel about fly fishing would become one of the most loved books of all time. But that what happened with A River Runs Through It by Norman Maclean. It turns out that Maclean’s son is a writer, too., and his sixth book pays homage to his father. See Lloyd Green at Gotham Canoe on “A Younger Maclean Returns to Where the River Still Runs.”
More Good Reads
The City Churches of Old London – Spitalfields Life.
Writing and Literature
The Eccentric, Unusual, and Layered Plotting of Dolores Hitchens’ 'The Cat Saw Murder' – Joyce Carol Oates at CrimeReads.
Independent minds: Small local publishers are putting out the brightest and best new work – The Critic Magazine.
Life and Culture
No U-turns Allowed – Mark Loughridge at Gentle Reformation.
How the culture wars came for history – Dominic Sandbrook at UnHerd.
The Joy of Hate Watching – Luke Burgis at Church Life Journal.
When the State Comes for Your Kids – Abigail Shrier at CityJournal.
A Monster That Grows in Deserts: Divining the Machine, Part 2 – Paul Kingsnorth at The Abbey of Misrule.
What If? – Susan Lafferty.
One of the Earliest (and Clearest) Summaries of Early Christian Beliefs – Michael Kruger at Canon Fodder.
A 'gospel of grievances:' Christianity Today tries to unravel racial divisions at Cru – Julia Duin at Get Religion.
Celan at 100 – Jewish Currents.
Strange Birds II – Andrea Skevington.
A Call to Reform: Elizabeth Barrett Browning’s “The Cry of the Children” – Bethany Getz at The Imaginative Conservative.
Drowsy – Sonja Benskin Mesher.
He Will Rise – Donald Catchings at An Unexpected Journal.
Columba and My Calling – Malcolm Guite.
What is valid journalism? America's racial debates spotlight this growing problem – Richard Ostling at Get Religion.
Winter’s Dream - Light of the Sun by Paul Winter
Painting: Woman Reading in the Studio, oil on paperboard on wood (1868) by Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot, National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.