The Paradox of Liberation, by Michael Walzer

Michael Walzer addresses a surprising question: the interplay between social revolutions and reactive counterrevolutions.

Excavating the Sky, by Konstantin Kulakov

Kulakov’s poems find the holy in the unsettling yoke of disparates: in the Bible and Qur’an lying side by side; in a mango glowing from within an aluminum can; in Harlem, where “flowers of blood nailed Christ to the walls.” These are poems of displacement, as the poet wanders from D.C. to Moscow to Pakistan to Oxford to Georgia and beyond.

Speed Limits, by Mark C. Taylor

Mark Taylor's cultural history of speed starts at the Reformation and examines the interwoven threads of religion, society, politics, art, and economics.

Culture war fatigue?

Some have dismissed the culture wars as a sideshow. Andrew Hartman insists that the issues at stake in cultural politics are real.

Walking Backwards to Christmas, by Stephen Cottrell

Cottrell tells the Christmas story in reverse, starting with Anna and going back to the hopes of Isaiah and Moses. Each episode is imaginatively told. Cottrell notes that women have a key role to play in this drama, and he gives them preference (for example, beginning with Anna instead of Simeon).