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Wandering pilgrim

Literature is a greater rival to religion than science is because both religion and literature seek the same kind of good. Science proposes explanations of the physical world, but literature, in its most persistent form, evokes and then presses hard at deep human dilemmas.

BookMarks

Persons looking for daily readings for reflection and meditation for the new year might find something among these worthy candidates:

Überpower

Add this book to the spate of recent publications that reflect on the new U.S. dominance in the global economy and the political-military muscle that reinforces that dominance. Here is a voice of “critical realism” that sounds like an echo of Henry Kissinger—much more realist than critical.

CC recommends

Partisan but nonetheless persuasive, the former president enumerates the reasons—and numerous they are—why he believes that the country has been heading in a very wrong direction.