A few things on the web that have caught my eye this week:
Is an Ivy League graduate capable of making small talk with a plumber? No, says William Deresiewicz.
Matt Mendelsohn’s hilarious piece on the role of fathers in presidential campaigns.
Was New Jersey founding father Richard Stockton really captured by the British during the Revolutionary War? J.L. Bell at Boston 1775 investigates in a series of interesting posts.
Allen Guelzo defends the bourgeoisie and slams “Christian socialism,” “the Social Gospel,” and “evangelical environmentalism” in his hearty review of Daniel Walker Howe’s What God Hath Wrought.
John Wilson on how he decides what to review in Books and Culture.
New and Forthcoming Books that have caught my attention:
Charles Mathewes, Prophesies of Godlessness: Predictions of America’s Imminent Secularization from the Puritans to the Present Day
Kevin Barksdale, The Lost State of Franklin: America’s First Secession
Jane Calvert, Quaker Constitutionalism and the Political Thought of John Dickinson
Katherine Carte Engel, Religion and Profit: Moravians in Early America
Johan Neem, Creating a Nation of Joiners: Democracy and Civil Society in Early National Massachusetts
Janet Moore Lindman, Bodies of Belief: Baptist Community in Early America
James B. Bell, A War of Religion: Dissenters, Anglicans and the American Revolution
Maurice Jackson, Let This Voice Be Heard: Anthony Benezet, Father of Atlantic Abolitionism
Sarah Knott, Sensibility and the American Revolution
Eric Slauter, The State as a Work of Art: The Cultural Origins of the Constitution