Books & Ideas

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Truman Capote’s “A Christmas Memory” shares the value of memory around the holidays

Truman Capote’s short story, “A Christmas Memory,” meditates on the role of memory around the holidays.

M. Stanton Evans: the conservative for the common man

Steven Hayward’s new biography details M. Stanton Evans’s life and his role in the modern conservative movement.

A charitable thing happened on the way to Jericho

In Father Robert Sirico’s splendid new book, “The Economics of the Parables,” the essence of a more complete meaning of charity is found in Christ’s most well-known tale

Death by disassociation: a review of Them by Senator Ben Sasse

Loneliness is killing us. Ben Sasse’s “Them” addresses a growing health crisis today—loneliness—and the effect of loneliness on individual and communal health, as well as contemporary politics.

Can the Bible inspire the modern philanthropist?

What hath Scripture to do with philanthropy? A recent Center for Civil Society webinar asked how the Bible can inform your philanthropy today.

Making a difference without millions—how Americans give

The digital age hasn’t revolutionized philanthropy but instead has brought attention to old behaviors and moral ideals, Bernholz said. While things like mutual aid programs might seem new, Bernholz believes that it’s the same type of community participation people have always been drawn to doing.

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Something to Hide? A review of “Digital Contagion”

Big Tech doesn’t love you, but it does want to know you. Michael Matheson Miller has recommendations for avoiding the contagion of Big Tech.

jonathan haidt
Righteous minds: America in disarray

Jonathan Haidt’s “The Righteous Mind” offers insight into why we disagree with each other and how we might better communicate. With our divided political climate, it is an important book for Americans who are seeing the “lesser angels” of their compatriots.

Profiles in self-contradiction: a review of Boomers by Helen Andrews

Helen Andrews’ “BOOMERS: The Men and Women Who Promised Freedom and Delivered Disaster” not only offers a piercing insight into the Boomer generation and its self-destructive flaws—it holds up a mirror to ourselves, as well.