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Marilynne Robinson’s Jack and the Need to be Forgiven

Much of the novel reads like this sentence—the internal struggle of someone who wants—not forgiveness, nor salvation, really, but rather to not need to be forgiven, to not require salvation nor redemption, to maintain what dignity is possible, given irremediable forsakenness.

Shakespeare and the Pastoral Idyll

Why does Shakespeare offer us love instead of politics? Love is intimate. Love is about attachment. Love is about beauty. Love is local.

On the Nightstand this Week: Lear

A good recent Louisville production of King Lear sent me back to my handily small Yale edition to reread this most poignant of Shakespeare's...

Power Made Perfect in Weakness

If we expect others to rely on our fairness and justice we must show that we rely on their fairness and justice. —Calvin Coolidge My wife...

Fire Burn And Cauldron Bubble

Unnatural deeds do breed unnatural troubles.

Norman Maclean and the Question of Craft

"Fear and pity are made out of grammar,” he writes, and in this most particular grammatical unit he finds the fabric of tragedy itself.