Pagan Light: Dreams of Freedom and Beauty in Capri

By Jamie James ’73. Farrar, Straus and Giroux, March 2019. Available on Amazon. Grounded in a deep intimacy with Capri and full of captivating anecdotes, Jamie James’s Pagan Light tells how a tiny island served as a wildly permissive haven for people―queer, criminal, sick, marginalized, and simply crazy―who… Continue reading »

What We Are Made Of

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Laurie Elizabeth Lambert ’80. Finishing Line Press, January 2019. “What are we made of?” is the question posed by Laurie Elizabeth Lambert in these poems of nature, family, loss, and redemption. Organized by the seasons, Lambert reminds us that in spite of the darkness, our… Continue reading »

Williams College: The Campus Guide

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Eugene J. Johnson, Amos Lawrence Professor of Art, Emeritus and Michael J. Lewis, Faison-Pierson-Stoddard Professor of Art. Princeton Architectural Press, December 2018. Available on Amazon. Nestled in the Berkshire Mountains in western Massachusetts, Williams College routinely ranks atop the best liberal arts colleges in the… Continue reading »

Before the Mayflower

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Jennifer (Hallett) Sinsigalli, ’96. Choir Alley Press, November 2018. Available on Amazon. If you were living in civilized places like England or the Netherlands, why would you consider boarding the Mayflower, bound for the New World? The Atlantic crossing would be a nightmare, with the… Continue reading »

None Like Us: Blackness, Belonging Aesthetic Life

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Stephen Best ’89. Duke University Press, November 2018. It passes for an unassailable truth that the slave past provides an explanatory prism for understanding the black political present. In None Like Us Stephen Best reappraises what he calls “melancholy historicism”—a kind of crime scene investigation… Continue reading »

The Once and Future Worker

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Oren Cass ’05. Encounter Books, November 2018. Available on Amazon. The American worker is in crisis. Wages have stagnated for more than a generation. Reliance on welfare programs has surged. Life expectancy is falling as substance abuse and obesity rates climb. In this groundbreaking re-evaluation… Continue reading »

Abiding Grace: Time, Modernity, Death

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Mark Taylor, Cluett Professor of Humanities, Emeritus. The University of Chicago Press, 2018. Post-war, post-industrialism, post-religion, post-truth, post-biological, post-human, post-modern. What succeeds the post- age? Mark C. Taylor returns here to some of his central philosophical preoccupations and asks: What comes after the end?… Continue reading »