Marcus Aurelius’ Meditations

I was perhaps too young to appreciate the Meditations of Marcus Aurelius when it was gifted to me as a young boy, and certainly too young to put his precepts into practice, but at the dawn of a new year […]

Chinua Achebe’s Things Fall Apart

Fittingly, the final book I read in 2017 belongs to a growing category: novels I had wrongly prejudged. Chinua Achebe’s Things Fall Apart is the post-colonial novel, you see, and so it has attracted an endless string of commentary from “post-colonial theorists” and cultural […]

Christopher Lasch’s The Revolt Of The Elites

The title of historian and social critic Christopher Lasch’s final book, The Revolt Of The Elites, published shortly after his death in 1994, places it in conversation with an earlier work of political philosophy, José Ortega y Gasset’s The Revolt Of […]

Jennifer Egan’s Manhattan Beach

About midway through Jennifer Egan’s fifth and latest novel, Manhattan Beach, I had an overwhelming urge to flip ahead to the Acknowledgements section – a first for me, in my entire life as a reader. This is a historical novel, […]

Tom Wolfe’s Radical Chic & Mau-Mauing The Flak Catchers

Of the many memorable moments afforded to us by the most recent American presidential election, one in particular stood out to me – stands out to me still – both for its own sake and because I sincerely belief it […]

Richard Yates’ A Good School

It’s very likely that, absent the influence of Hollywood and the star power of Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet, Richard Yates would have been lost to my generation of readers. When they turned his debut novel, Revolutionary Road, into a […]

Georges Simenon’s Maigret And The Ghost

In the English-speaking world, Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes holds eternal dominion as literature’s foremost sleuth. Among French speakers, however, the fictional Jules Maigret, commissaire of the Paris Brigade Criminelle, holds pride of place. Maigret was the creation of Georges […]

Douglas Murray’s The Strange Death Of Europe

In the context of what is being called Europe’s “migration crisis,” Douglas Murray has been inescapable. He is a regular panelist, commentator, debater, interviewee and contrarian, and has become a minor Internet celebrity for his daring to give voice to […]

Jordan Peterson, Lindsay Shepherd & The Corruption Of Our Universities

Thanks to the quick thinking of Lindsay Shepherd, a young graduate student at Wilfrid Laurier University, the latest episode of campus craziness has been caught on tape. In brief, the hapless Shepherd was hauled before an “informal” committee bent on […]

Knut Hamsun’s Hunger

Reading Knut Hamsun’s 1890 novel Hunger in the present day, it’s very difficult to see what was so original about it, but this is because we take for granted the fiction of Kafka, Camus, Mann and Joyce – all of […]