Publications

“Christians and Postmoderns,” First Things, February 1994, pp. 28-32, reprinted in Proglas, July 1994

“The Logic of Decay,” Philosophy and Literature, 18 (Spring 1994): 91-104

“History and the Moral Imagination,” First Things, August/September 1994, pp. 48-52, review of Gertrude Himmelfarb, On Looking into the Abyss: Untimely Thoughts on Culture and Society

Untitled, International Philosophical Quarterly, 34 (September 1994): 379-80, review of Calvin O. Schrag, The Resources of Rationality: A Response to the Post-Modern Challenge

“A Suspicion of Snobbery,” First Things, February 1994, pp. 11-13

“The Gentleman's True Name: David Copperfield and the Philosophy of Naming,” Nineteenth-Century Literature, 49 (March 1995): 435-455

Untitled, National Review, May 15, 1996, p. 73, review of Hilton Kramer and Roger Kimball, eds., Against the Grain: Essays from the New Criterion

“The Big Think,” First Things, June/July 1995, pp. 9-11

“Lugere Vivos,” U.S. Catholic Historian, 13 (Winter 1995): 104-106, review of Patrick Allitt, Catholic Intellectuals and Conservative Politics in America, 1950-1985

“Poets at Prayer,” Commentary, August 1995, pp. 60-61, review of David Craig and Janet McCann, eds., Odd Angles of Heaven: Contemporary Poetry by People of Faith

“What T.S. Eliot Almost Believed,” First Things, August/September 1995, pp. 25-30

“Poetry and Metaphysics,” Philosophy and Literature, 19 (Fall 1995): 214-226

“Spritely Ads,” First Things, October 1995, pp. 15-16

“What a Piece of Work is Mann,” Weekly Standard, January 15, 1996, pp. 40-43, review of Donald Prater, Thomas Mann: A Life, and John E. Wood's translation of Thomas Mann, The Magic Mountain

“Unseemly God of Gods,” Crisis, February 1996, p. 47, review of Jack Miles, God: A Biography

“Facing Up to Infanticide,” First Things, February 1996, pp. 31-37, reprinted in Human Life Review, Spring 1996, Univ. Faculty for Life Bulletin 1996

“Girard Among the Girardians,” First Things, March 1996, pp. 42-45

“The Puzzle of W.H. Auden,” Weekly Standard, March 18, 1996, pp. 33-37, review of Richard Davenport-Hines, Auden

“Social Gospel,” Commentary, April 1996, pp. 64-66, review of John Updike, In the Beauty of the Lillies

“Congenital Liar,” Weekly Standard, April 1, 1996, pp. 30-32, review of James Park Sloan, Jerzy Kosinski

“The Unexplained Life,” Books & Culture, May/June 1996, p. 8, review of Evan Connell, Collected Stories

“All That Lives Must Die,” First Things, May 1996, pp. 28-32, reprinted in The Eternal Pity: Reflections on Dying, ed. Richard John Neuhaus (U. of Notre Dame, 2000)

“Could He Be Our Dickens?,” Weekly Standard, May 6, 1996, pp. 32-35, review of Oscar Hijuelos, Mr. Ives' Christmas

“Platonic Love Story,” Crisis, June 1, 1996, p. 46, review of Iris Murdoch, Jackson's Dilemma

“The Shlock of Recognition,” Weekly Standard, June 3, 1996, pp. 26-38, review of Richard Ford, Independence Day

“Bawer Beyond Belief,” Weekly Standard, July 24, 1996, pp. 38-39, review of Bruce Bawer, Beyond Queer

“The Temptations of Robertson Davies,” Books & Culture, July/August 1996, p. 13, review of Judith Skelton Grant, Robertson Davies: Man of Myth

“Roddy Doyle, Bouncer,” Weekly Standard, July 8, 1996, pp. 37-38, review of Roddy Doyle, The Woman Who Walked Into Doors

“Discordant Squeezebox,” Weekly Standard, July 29, 1996, pp. 32-34, review of E. Annie Proulx, Accordion Crimes

“Byatt Goes to Babel,” Weekly Standard, August 12, 1996, pp. 38-39, review of A.S. Byatt, Babel Tower

“Can Novels Be Gay?,” Weekly Standard, August 26, 1996, pp. 35-37, review of Andrew Holleran, The Beauty of Men

“Roman Roads,” Regeneration Quarterly, Summer 1996, pp. 20-22

“Regeneration Quarterly,” Utne Reader, September/October 1996, pp. 98-99

“Pulsing with Life,” Weekly Standard, September 9, 1996, pp. 35-36, review of Mary Kay Zuravleff, The Frequency of Souls

“Theroux's `Life' -- Memoir? Novel?,” Baltimore Sun, September 29, 1996, p. 4E, review of Paul Theroux, My Other Life

“Percy Maligned,” Crisis, October 1996, p. 47, review of Kieran Quinlan, Walker Percy

“A Remarkable Debut,” Weekly Standard, October 7, 1996, pp. 38-39, review of Lewis Libby, The Apprentice

“Sins of the Father,” First Things, November 1996, pp. 48-50, review of Mary Gordon, The Shadow Man

“The Passion of (and for) Patrick O'Brian,” Weekly Standard, November 18, 1996, pp. 40-43, review of Patrick O'Brian, The Yellow Admiral

“Pandora & Co.,” Commentary, December 1996, pp. 68-70, review of Roger Shattuck, Forbidden Knowledge

“Catholics and Fascists,” Crisis, December 1996, p. 48, review of Brian Moore, The Statement

“Heaven Can Wait,” Weekly Standard, December 23, 1996, pp. 28-30, review of Harry Mulisch, The Discovery of Heaven

“Leithauser's Friends,” Baltimore Sun, January 12, 1997, p. 5F, review of Brad Leithauser, The Friends of Freeland

“The Profound Hack (written with John Wilson),” Weekly Standard, January 13, 1997, pp. 43-47, review of Philip K. Dick

“David Carkeet's Ways,” Weekly Standard, February 3, 1997, pp. 37-38, review of David Carkeet, The Error of Our Ways

“I Say Yes, You Say No,” Books & Culture, March/April 1997, p. 30, review of J.M. Coetzee, Giving Offense

“The Muse In Brighton,” First Things, March 1997, p. 19

“Vietnam's Early Martyrs,” Crisis, April 1997, p. 44, review of Christophe Bataille, Annam

“Pre-Prufrock,” Weekly Standard, April 21, 1997, pp. 35-38, review of T.S. Eliot, Inventions of the March Hare

“Reality Loses a Bit of Its Spark,” Washington Times, April 27, 1997, pp. B7-8, review of Muriel Spark, Reality and Dreams

“Hush Baby Goblin,” Commentary, May 1997, pp. 74-76, review of Neil Philip, ed.,, New Oxford Book of Children's Verse

“The Magic Molehill,” Weekly Standard, May 5, 1997, pp. 33-35, review of Jonathan Rosen, Eve's Apple

“The End of His Rainbow,” Weekly Standard, May 19, 1997, pp. 36-37, review of Thomas Pynchon, Mason & Dixon

“The Ancient Mariner at O'Hare,” Weekly Standard, May 26, 1997, p. 6

“Literature as Witness,” Crisis, June 1996, p. 52, review of David Lyle Jeffries, People of the Book

“Black Scrawl,” First Things, June/July 1997, p. 9

“Debriefing the Philosophers,” First Things, June/July 1997, pp. 26-30

“Fiat Rex,” First Things, June/July 1997, p. 40

“Editor's Picks,” Regeneration Quarterly, Spring 1997, pp. 6-7, reprinted in Human Life Review

“End of Empire,” Weekly Standard, July 7, 1997, pp. 30-31, review of Paul Theroux, Kowloon Tong

“Just the Facts, Ma'am,” Commonweal, July 18, 1997, pp. 22-23, review of Patrick Samway, Walker Percy

“Dirge,” First Things, August/September 1997, p. 46

“Mailer's Jesus,” First Things, August/September 1997, pp. 53-56, review of Norman Mailer, The Gospel According to the Son

“Timor Mortis,” First Things, August/September 1997, p. 30

“The End of the Academic Novel,” Weekly Standard, August 4, 1996, pp. 31-33

“A Canadian Eccentric Gets to the 'Heart' of a Literary Life,” Washington Times, August 17, 1997, pp. B6-7, review of Robertson Davies, The Merry Heart

“Drabble's "Witch",” Baltimore Sun, September 7, 1997, p. 6G, review of Margaret Drabble, The Witch of Exmoor

“Bernard Malamud: An American Original,” Washington Times, September 14, 1997, pp. B7-8, review of Bernard Malamud, Collected Stories

“Overripe Banana,” Weekly Standard, September 15, 1997, pp.34-37, review of Banana Yoshimoto, Amrita

“Vile Body,” Weekly Standard, September 29, 1997, pp. 38-39, review of Will Self, Great Apes

“What Children's Poetry is For,” American Educator, Fall 1997, pp. 28-31, 44

“Melville in Manhattan,” First Things, October 1997, pp. 46-50

“Symposium: What's Right With The Church,” Catholic Dossier, November-December 1997, p. 12

“Sapphics, Refusing Politics,” First Things, November 1997, p. 9

“A Turkish Novelist Faces West,” National Catholic Register, November 16-22, 1997, p. 7, review of Ohran Pamuk, The New Life

“War From the West,” Weekly Standard, November 26, 20001, p. 43, review of Victor Davis Hanson, Carnage and Culture

“Diaspora,” First Things, December 1997, p. 34

“Another Child's Christmas,” Weekly Standard, December 29, 1997, p.6

“Tom's Less Sharpe,” Weekly Standard, January 12, 1998, pp. 32-33, review of Tom Sharpe, The Throwback

“I.B. Singers's 'Shadows': Haunted by God,” Balitmore Sun, January 18, 1998, p. 5G, review of Issac Bashevis Singer, Shadows on the Hudson

“Warming Up To Cold Mountain,” Weekly Standard, January 19, 1998, pp. 31-33, review of Charles Frazier, Cold Mountain

“An Australian Novelists's Take on a Classic Dickens Tale,” Washington Times, February 1, 1998, p. B8, review of Peter Carey, Jack Maggs

“America's Best Forgotten Poet,” Weekly Standard, February 16, 1998, pp. 31-35, review of J.V. Cunningham, Collected Poems

“Too Funny for Words,” Weekly Standard, November 12, 2001, p. 43, review of P.J. O'Rourke, The CEO of the Sofa

“Whodunit?,” Weekly Standard, March 2, 1998, pp. 31-34, review of Dorothy Sayers, Thrones, Dominations

“Satirizing the Perpetual Sleepiness of the Modern World,” Washington Times, March 15, 1998, p. B8, review of Jonathan Coe, The House of Sleep

“The Autumn of American Liberalism,” Weekly Standard, March 30, 1998, pp. 31-35, review of Linda Simon, Genuine Reality: A Life of William James

“On Barren Ground: A Novel of Christ in the Desert,” Washington Times, April 12, 1998, p. B8, review of Jim Crace, Quarantine

“Ants and Uncles,” Weekly Standard, April 20, 1998, pp.35-36, review of Bernard Werber, Empire of the Ants

“Untitled,” First Things, May 1998, p. 59, review of Rene Girard, The Girard Reader

“What Hath Goth Wrought?,” Weekly Standard, May 4, 1998, pp. 34-35, review of Marilyn Manson, The Long Hard Road Out of Hell

“What Price U Thant?,” Weekly Standard, May 4, 1998, p. 4

“You Can't Eat Alger Hiss,” Weekly Standard, June 1, 1998, p. 4

“Best of Her Breed,” Weekly Standard, June 22, 1998, pp. 33-34, review of Dottie Smith, I Capture the Castle

“He Thinks Therefore We Are: No Descartes, No Modernity,” Weekly Standard, August 24, 1998, pp. 31-36, review of Genevieve Rodis-Lewis, Descartes

“Spun Yarn,” Weekly Standard, September 7, 1998, p.39, review of Tom Lowe, Spin

“A Chronicler of the Vietnam Experience Takes a Comedic Turn,” Washington Times, September 27, 1998, p. B8, review of Tim O'Brien, Tomcat in Love

“The Last Samurai: Akiri Kurosawa,” Weekly Standard, September 28, 1998, pp. 35-39

“On the Frontier,” Commentary, October 1998, pp. 62-66, review of John E. Miller, Becoming Laura Ingalls Wilder

“The Fall,” First Things, October 1998, p. 20

“Young and Old in Washington,” Weekly Standard, October 26, 1998, p. 6

“November Funeral,” First Things, November 1998, p. 24

“The Winter Orchard,” First Things, Deember 1998, p. 8

“Two New Books from the Perennial Booker Bridesmaid,” Washington Times, December 6, 1998, p. B8, review of Beryl Bainbridge, Master Georgie, Something Happened Yesterday

“A Child's Christmas in Pierre,” Weekly Standard, December 28, 1998, p. 6

“Editor's Note (Introducing "Theology and Politics" Symposium),” Weekly Standard, January 4, 1999, p. 27

“A Novelist in Full,” American Outlook, Winter 1999, pp. 66-68, review of Tom Wolfe, A Man in Full

“The Subjunctive That Killed Hugh Finn,” Books & Culture, March/April 1999

“More the Man,” Crisis, February 1999, pp. 48-49, review of Peter Ackroyd, The Life of Thomas More

“The Subjunctive That Killed Hugh Finn,” Books & Culture, March/April 1999, pp. 13-16

“Hymn and Her,” Weekly Standard, March 29, 1999, p. 4

“Wolfe vs. Woolf,” Wall Street Journal, April 16, 199, p. W5, review of Michael Cunningham, The Hours

“What Works,” National Review, April 19, 1999, pp. 66-68, review of Kenneth Laine Ketner, His Glassy Essence: An Autobiography of Charles Sanders Peirce

“A Martyr Is Born,” Weekly Standard, May 10, 1999, pp. 12-14

“Ghosts in the Machine,” Weekly Standard, May 10, 1999, pp. 33-34 (cowritten with Jonathan V. Last), The Matrix & eXistenZ

“It's War,” Wall Street Journal, May 28, 1999, p. W11

“Sitcom Shakespeare,” Weekly Standard, May 31, 1999, pp. 38-39 (cowritten with Jonathan V. Last), Midsummer Night's Dream

“Nothing Hill,” Weekly Standard, June 14, 1999, pp. 38-29 (cowritten with Jonathan V. Last), Notting Hill

“Gatsby's Epitaph: F. Scott Fitzgerald,” Catholic Dossier, July/August 1999, pp. 10-12

“Awakening at Littleton,” First Things, August/September 1999, pp. 28-32

“Baptism,” First Things, August/September 1999, p. 54

“The Sixth Way,” Crisis, September 1999, pp. 48-49, review of Laurence Cosse, A Corner of the Veil

“Waugh, The Master Satirist Collected,” Washington Times, September 12, 1999, p. B!, review of Evelyn Waugh, Collected Stories

“Hitchcock's Mystery (written with Jonathan V. Last),” Weekly Standard, September 20, 1999, pp.36-30

“Urban Living,” Weekly Standard, September 20, 1999, p. 4

“Nobility Lost,” Crisis, October 1999, pp. 43-45, review of Oscar Hijuelos, Empress of the Splendid Season

“Untitled,” Wilson Quarterly, Autumn 1999, p. 122, review of Robert Royal, Dante Aligheri

“J.F. Powers,” Crisis, November 1999, pp. 48-49

“Princeton and Its Principles,” Weekly Standard, November 1, 1999, pp. 11-12

“Success Story,” Weekly Standard, November 1, 1999, pp. 29-30, review of J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

“The Debt That Blood Owes: A Moral Conservative's Case Against the Death Penalty,” Our Sunday Visitor, November 14, 1999, pp. 12-13

“Morris West,” Crisis, December 1999, pp. 47

“Lines Written on My Daughter Faith's Second Birthday,” First Things, December 1999, p. 6

“Spending Christmas,” Weekly Standard, December 20, 1999, p. 4

“Columbine, Again,” Weekly Standard, December 27, 1999, p. 7

“Ralph McInerny,” Crisis, January 2000, pp. 46-47

“Deciding to Home School,” Weekly Standard, February 7, 2000, p. 4

“Politics as Usual (The House Chaplain Controversy),” Beliefnet, February 21, 2000

“The Soundtracking of America,” Atlantic Monthly, March 2000, pp. 56-70

“Manufacturing Discord (The Bush anti-Catholicism Controversy),” Beliefnet, March 1, 2000

“The Prime of Miss Muriel Spark,” Crisis, March 2000, pp.48-49

“Sign Language,” Weekly Standard, March 6, 2000, p. 6

“Who Will Follow O’Connor?,” Beliefnet, March 24, 2000

“Behind O'Brian's Mask,” Crisis, May 2000, pp. 48-49

“Who Will Follow O’Connor? (2),” Beliefnet, May 4, 2000

“Bellow's Bloom,” Weekly Standard, May 8, 2000, pp. 31-35, review of Saul Bellow, Ravelstein

“Saul Bellow's Ravelstein,” Crisis, June 2000, pp. 48-49

“Joseph Pearce's Literary Converts,” Crisis, July/August 2000, pp. 46-47, review of Joseph Pearce, Literary Converts: Spiritual Inspiration in an Age of Unbelief

“California Dreaming,” Weekly Standard, July 17, 2000, p. 4

“Melville Davisson Post: America’s Greatest Mystery Writer,” Weekly Standard, July 31, 2000, pp. 31-35

“Drowning in Music,” New Statesman, August 7, 2000, pp. 31-33

“Pierre Group,” Weekly Standard, August 21, 2000, p. 4

“Modern Catholic Verse,” Crisis, September 2000, p. 50

“Faith Talk,” Weekly Standard, September 11, 2000, pp. 11-12 (cowritten with William Kristol)

“Flannery O'Connor Banned,” Crisis, October 2000, pp. 48-49

“The Pig-Man Cometh,” Weekly Standard, October 23, 2000, pp. 18-19, reprinted in The Future is Now: America Confronts the New Genetics, ed. William Kristol and Eric Cohen (Rowman & Littlefield, 2002)

“Pius XII and the Nazis,” Crisis, November 2000, pp. 13-17, reprinted in The Best Christian Writing 2001, edited by John Wilson (HarperOne)

“Dakota: A Christmas Memoir,” Wall Street Journal, December 22, 2000, p.W15, reprinted in The Best Christian Writing 2004, edited by John Wilson (Jossey-Bass)

“Sick Thoughts,” National Review, February 19, 2001, pp. 46-48, review of Wesley Smith, Culture of Death

“Restoration,” Books & Culture, March/April 2001, p.35

“One Establishment Meets Another,” Atlantic Monthly, May 2001, pp. 22-23

“The Libertine Against Abortion,” First Things, May 2001, p.31

“Against Human Cloning,” Weekly Standard, May 7, 2001, pp. 9-10, reprinted in The Future is Now: America Confronts the New Genetics, ed. William Kristol and Eric Cohen (Rowman & Littlefield, 2002)

“Murder Most Elegant,” Crisis, June 2001, pp. 47-50, review of Muriel Spark, Aiding and Abetting

“For a Total Ban on Human Cloning (written with William Kristol),” Weekly Standard, July 2/July 9, 2001, pp. 11-12, reprinted in The Future is Now: America Confronts the New Genetics, ed. William Kristol and Eric Cohen (Rowman & Littlefield, 2002)

“The Dying Novel,” Weekly Standard, July 2/July 9, 2001, pp. 39-40, review of Philip Roth, The Dying Animal

“Life with Milly,” Weekly Standard, July 16, 2001, pp. 34-35, review of Morton Kondracke, Saving Milly

“Funeral for a Friend,” Weekly Standard, July 23, 2001, p. 4

“A Nation Mobilized,” Weekly Standard, September 28, 2001, p.8

“AWOL Christian Soldiers?,” Weekly Standard, October 1, 2001, pp. 12-13

“Seriousness at Stanford,” weeklystandard.com, October 16, 2001, web

“Sontagged,” weeklystandard.com, October 1, 2001, web

“A Life in Full,” Weekly Standard, October 29, 2001, p. 43, review of Midge Decter, An Old Wife's Tale

“Reflection on Mary,” Christianity and the Arts, Fall 2001, p. 22

“Fanon the Flames,” Weekly Standard, November 5, 2001, p.39, review of David Macey, Frantz Fanon

“An American Classic,” weeklystandard.com, November 6, 2001, web

“Spillane His Guts,” Weekly Standard, November 19, 2001, p. 39, review of Mickey Spillane, The Mike Hammer Collection

“September 2001,” weeklystandard.com, November 20, 2001, web

“Happy Thanksgiving?,” weeklystandard.com, November 22, 2001, web

“What Violence Is For,” First Things, December 2001, pp. 31-34

“Frankenstein Redux,” National Post, December 4, 2001, p. A12

“Animal Planet,” weeklystandard.com, November 22, 2001, web

“The Catholic Alternative,” Weekly Standard, December 10, 2001, pp. 39

“While the Senate Sleeps,” Weekly Standard, December 10, 2001, pp. 9-10, reprinted in Human Life Review, Fall 2001

“The Ghost of Christmas Past: Charles Dickens's Triumph,” Weekly Standard, December 24, 2001, pp. 29-33, reprinted in The Best Christian Writing 2002, edited by John Wilson (HarperOne)

“Tolkien, the Book,” Weekly Standard, December 31, 2001 / January 7, 2002, p. 43

“September 2001,” First Things, January 2002, p.14

“St. George and the Dragon,” Weekly Standard, February 11, 2002, p. 43, review of Robert P. George, he Clash of Orthodoxies

“Losing His Stuff,” Weekly Standard, February 18, 2002, p. 43, review of Bill James, The New Bill James Historical Baseball Abstract

“American Cassandra,” Weekly Standard, February 25, 2002, p. 39, review of Steven Emerson, American Jihad

“The Mermaid,” Crisis, March 2002, p. 25

“The Biotech Project,” Weekly Standard, March 11, 2002, p. 9

“Who Now Reads Dickens?,” Weekly Standard, March 18, 2002, p. 43

“The Mad Scientists' Club,” First Things, April 2006

“One Step from Death,” Weekly Standard, April 8, 2002, p. 39

“The Day the Book Club Died,” Weekly Standard, April 15, 2002, p. 43

“Stopping the Future,” Weekly Standard, April 29, 2002, pp. 35-39, review of Francis Fukuyama, Our Posthuman Future: Consequences of the Biotechnology Revolution., reprinted in Human Life Review, Winter 2002

“Anti-Anti-Communism, Yet Again,” Weekly Standard, May 6, 2002, p. 38

“Typecasting,” Weekly Standard, June 3, 2002, p. 35

“A Ford, Not a Shakespeare,” Weekly Standard, July 15, 2002, p. 38-39

“Death Imitates Art,” Weekly Standard, July 22, 2002, p. 39

“The late Mark McGarrity,” Weekly Standard, July 22, 2002, p. 39

“U.N. Stands for Unconscionable,” Weekly Standard, August 5, 2002, pp. 5-7, reprinted in Human Life Review, Summer 2002

“A print run of one's own,” Weekly Standard, August 12, 2002 / August 19, 2002, p.39

“GOP Malpractice in South Dakota?,” Weekly Standard, September 23, 2002, pp. 17-18

“Time to Find Out,” Weekly Standard, September 23, 2002, p. 39

“The Standard Reader,” Weekly Standard, September 30, 2002, p. 39

“Achilles on the Mound,” Commentary, October 2002, review of Jane Leavy, Sandy Koufax

“The Usefulness of Daniel Goldhagen,” weeklystandard.com, October 23, 2002

“In the Fray: Dana Gioia as chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts,” Wall Street Journal, October 24, 2002, p. D12

“Inner Life,” Weekly Standard, October 28, 2002, p. 39

“Dakota Thanksgiving,” First Things, November 2002, pp. 37-45

“What Dreams May Come: Following John Thune's South Dakota odyssey long into the night,” weeklystandard.com, November 6, 2002

“Dakota Christmas,” First Things, December 2002, pp. 37-43

“The Hidden Life,” The Formalist, Winter 2002

“Biotechnology: A House Divided,” Public Interest, January 1, 2003, pp. 54-60

“Poetry in Motion,” Weekly Standard, January 27, 2003, pp. 38-39

“Harold Pinter,” weeklystandard.com, January 27, 2003

“Common Western Beliefs,” Weekly Standard, February 10, 2003, p. 39

“The Poets vs. The First Lady,” Weekly Standard, February 17, 2003, pp. 20-30.

“The Woman Who Wouldn't,” Weekly Standard, February 24, 2003, p. 39

“The Cost of Empire,” weeklystandard.com, March 25, 2003

“Faith lacking in tale of priest's entanglement with murder,” Washington Times, April 6, 2003, p. B08, review of Thomas Keneally, Office of Innocence

“Tom Daschle's Duty to Be Morally Coherent,” weeklystandard.com, April 17, 2003

“You Say You Want a Just War?,” Weekly Standard, April 21, 2003, pp. 15-16

“A beloved pig,” Washington Post, May 11, 2003, p. T8

“The Poetry of Rejection,” Weekly Standard, June 9, 2003, p. 3

“Robert R. Reilly's defense of modern music,” Weekly Standard, June 16, 2003, p. 39

“Joseph Epstein, Larry McMurtry, and more,” Weekly Standard, July 28, 2003, pp. 38-39

“A triple agent in South Dakota,” First Things, August 2003, pp. 51-55, review of Richard Pipes, The Degaev Affair

“The Last Public Poet: Rereading Robert Lowell,” Weekly Standard, August 4, 2003, pp. 32-26

“Squash it now,” Weekly Standard, August 25, 2003, p. 39

“Lolita,” Weekly Standard, September 29, 2003, p. 39

“Biotech's Boiling Point,” Weekly Standard, October 27, 2003, pp. 5-6

“An Elegant Reveille,” Wall Street Journal, November 6, 2003, p. D10, review of John McWhorter, Doing Our Own Thing

“Art Songs,” Weekly Standard, November 24, 2003, pp. 38-39

“The Year in Books,” Weekly Standard, December 8, 2003, pp. 32-38

“A Guide,” Weekly Standard, January 12, 2004, p. 39

“The Library Lie,” Weekly Standard, January 26, 2004, pp. 9-10

“No Abortion Left Behind,” Weekly Standard, February 2, 2004, pp. 9-10

“Splish Splash,” Weekly Standard, February 16, 2004, p. 5

“For the Marriage Amendment,” Weekly Standard, February 23, 2004, pp. 20-21 (cowritten with William Kristol)

“Children's Books,” Commentary, April 2004, review of Anita Silvey, 100 Best Books for Children

“The End of the Pius Wars,” First Things, April 2004, pp. 18-25

“Mystery Readers,” Weekly Standard, April 12, 2004, p. 39

“The threshold of verse,” First Things, May 2004, pp. 44-48, review of Pope John Paul II, The Poetry of John Paul II-Roman Triptych: Meditations

“Portrait of the Book as a National Treasure,” Wall Street Journal, June 16, 2004, p. D8

“My Summer,” weeklystandard.com, July 8, 2004

“An Era's Last Hurrah,” First Things, August 2004, pp. 56-59, review of Charles F. Duffy, A Family Of His Own: A Life Of Edwin O'Connor

“Czeslaw Milosz: 1911-2004,” Weekly Standard, August 30, 2004. pp. 38-39

“Vile Bodies perfumed,” Washington Times, September 10, 2004, p. D1

“Harvard's plagiarism problem issue,” Weekly Standard, September 20, 2004, p. 38

“Prairie Politics,” Weekly Standard, September 27, 2004, pp. 12-14

“The Big Mahatma: Laurence Tribe and the problem of borrowed scholarship,” Weekly Standard, October 4, 2004, pp. 32-38

“The Unsilent Pope,” First Things, November 2004, pp. 39-43 (cowritten with William Doino Jr.), review of Harold H. Tittmann Jr., Inside the Vatican of Pius XII

“The Myth of the Catholic Voter,” Weekly Standard, November 1, 2004 / November 8, 2004, pp. 32-38

“Suing Your Way to Defeat,” weeklystandard.com, November 2, 2004

“School Days,” Weekly Standard, November 22, 2004, pp. 32-36, review of Tom Wolfe, I Am Charlotte Simmons

“Great Plains Myth,” Wall Street Journal, November 24, 2004, p. D10, review of David Laskin, The Children's Blizzard, by David Laskin

“The Year in Books: So many books, so few worth reading,” Weekly Standard, December 13, 2004, pp. 32-39

“Christmas without Christmas,” Weekly Standard, December 27, 2004, pp. 7-8

“A Literary Life,” Wall Street Journal, January 6, 2005, p. D11, review of John Sutherland, Stephen Spender: A Literary Life

“Just the Right Amount of God,” Weekly Standard, January 31, 2005, pp. 18-20

“Tardy,” First Things, March 2005

“What Happened at Fatima,” Weekly Standard, March 7, 2005, pp. 15-17

“Easter Morning: For René Girard,” First Things, April 2005

“John Paul the Great,” Weekly Standard, April 18, 2005, pp. 22-28

“A Pope For the Grown-Ups,” New York Post, April 20, 2005

“The Last European Pope?,” Weekly Standard, May 2, 2005, pp. 20-24

“The New Fusionism,” First Things, June 2005, pp. 32-37

“Mark Helprin,” Wall Street Journal, July 7, 2005, p. D7, review of Mark Helprin, Freddy and Fredericka

“Christians and the Death Penalty,” First Things, August / September 2005

“American Childhood and American Memory,” Weekly Standard, September 26, 2005, pp. 32-27

“God & Bertie Wooster,” First Things, October 2005, pp. 23-28

“Mission,” Wall Street Journal, October 7, 2005, p. W8, review of Walter Kirn, Mission To America

“Reading by Osmosis,” First Things, November 2005

“Alito and the Catholics,” Weekly Standard, January 23, 2006, pp. 22-26

“Breaking into Print,” Weekly Standard, February 27, 2006, p. 5

“The Decent Drapery of Life,” First Things, March 2006, pp. 40-45, review of Gertrude Himmelfarb, The Moral Imagination

“The Mad Scientists' Club,” First Things, April 2006

“I Alone Have,” Wall Street Journal, April 7, 2006, p. W7, review of Ralph McInerny, I Alone Have Escaped to Tell You

“a high-brow writer trying to write below his pay grade,” Wall Street Journal, June 9, 2006, p. W6, review of John Updike, Terrorist

“The Sodano Code,” Weekly Standard, July 31, 2006, pp. 21-22

“When the Swallows Come Back to Capistrano: Catholic Culture in America,” First Things, October 2006, pp. 27-41

“Christmas in New York,” First Things, December 2006, reprinted in The Best Spiritual Writing 2007, edited by Philip Zaleski (Penguin)

“Benedict Meets Bartholomew,” Weekly Standard, December 11, 2006, pp. 12-13

“What Dickens Wrought,” Wall Street Journal, December 16, 2006, p. P10, review of Elizabeth Berg, The Handmaid and the Carpenter, Kyle Smith's A Christmas Caroline, and The Ecco Book of Christmas Stories

“Wrapping Paper Rapture,” Weekly Standard, December 25, 2006, p. 3

“To Borrow a Phrase,” Weekly Standard, February 19, 2007, p. 3

“The leadership of George W. Bush: con & pro,” First Things, March 2007, pp. 31-36 (cowritten with Michael Novak)

“No good deed,” Weekly Standard, March 19, 2007, p. 5

“Death & Politics,” First Things, June 2007, pp. 17-30

“Our Town,” Weekly Standard, August 6, 2007, p. 3

“The Next President,” First Things, November 2007, pp. 39-45 (cowritten with Nat Hentoff and John J. DiIulio Jr.)

“Urbanites,” Weekly Standard, November 5, 2007, p. 3

“For Timothy Murphy,” First Things, December 2007

“The End of Advent,” First Things, December 2007

“The Books of Christmas,” Weekly Standard, December 24, 2007, p. 3

“High Noon for Conservatives,” Weekly Standard, February 18, 2008, pp. 12-13

“The Judgment of Memory,” First Things, March 2008, pp. 28-37

“William F. Buckley Jr.,” Weekly Standard, March 10, 2008, pp. 14-15

“Mourning glory; Two city cemeteries embody Victorian culture of grief,” Washington Times, March 15, 2008, p. B01

“Out of This World,” Weekly Standard, May 12, 2008, pp. 32-33, review of Gary K. Wolf and Archbishop John J. Myers, Space Vulture

“Agenbites,” Weekly Standard, May 19, 2008, p. 4

“The Cossacks' Iliad: Gogol and the making of Russian literature,” Books & Culture, July/August 2003

“Thomas M. Disch, 1940-2008,” Weekly Standard, July 21, 2008, p. 3

“Oversensitive,” Books & Culture, June/July 2008, review of Karin Fossum

“The Death of Protestant America: A Political Theory of the Protestant Mainline,” First Things, August 2008, pp. 23-34

“One More Trip to the Red Planet: Mars in the science-fiction imagination,” Books & Culture, September 2008, review of Joe Haldeman, Marsbound

“A Summer Car,” Weekly Standard, September 1, 2008, p. 3

“More Catholic Than the Pope,” Weekly Standard, September 29, 2008, pp. 14-16

“Ain't Nothing but a Meanness in this World,” First Things, October 2008, pp. 19-22, review of Harold Schechter, True Crime

“Watchers of the Skies,” Weekly Standard, October 27, 2008, p. 3

“Aesop Gone to Seed,” Books & Culture, November/December 2008, review of José Saramago, Death with Interruptions

“Stem Cells: A Political History,” First Things, November 2008 (cowritten with Ryan T. Anderson)

“Who was Edmund Wilson?,” Humanities, November 2008 / December 2008, pp. 14ff, review of Lewis M. Dabney, Edmund Wilson: A Life in Literature

“Sir Vidia's Dance: Can life and art be separated?,” Weekly Standard, November 17, 2008, pp. 32-25, review of Patrick French, The World Is What It Is: The Authorized Biography of V.S. Naipaul

“Children's Books, Lost and Found,” First Things, December 2008

“Obituary: Avery Dulles,” The Times of London, December 13, 2008

“Here We Come A-Wassailing,” Weekly Standard, December 22, 2008, p. 3

“Abortion After Obama,” First Things, January 2009, reprinted in Human Life Review, Winter/Spring 2009

“Homecoming,” First Things, January 2009

“Obituary: Richard John Neuhaus,” The Times of London, January 15, 2009

“Richard John Neuhaus, 1936-2009; A gaping hole in the public square,” Weekly Standard, January 19, 2009, pp. 12-14

“Than Longen Folk to Goon on Pilgrimages,” First Things, March 2009, pp. 49-52, review of Burton Raffel, trans., The Canterbury Tales by Geoffrey Chaucer

“Going Galt,” National Review Online, March 20, 2009

“I Measure Every Grief I Meet,” First Things, April 2009,, review of pp. 24-26

“Of Second Things and First Things,” First Things, May 2009

“Words of Nectar and Cyanide,” First Things, May 2009

“Words of Nectar and Cyanide,” First Things, May 2009, reprinted in The Best Spiritual Writing 2010, edited by Philip Zaleski (Penguin)

“At the Gates of Notre Dame June / July 2009,” First Things, June / July 2009

“A Room With a View,” First Things, August / September 2009

“Christians and the Death Penalty,” First Things, August / September 2005

“Cool, Man,” Wall Street Journal, August 7, 2009, p. A5, review of Thomas Pynchon, Inherent Vice

“The Day for the Religious,” First Things, October 2009

“Irving Kristol, 1920-2009,” First Things, November 2009

“Dolan's Catholic crusade: Uncle Tim has taken the gloves off,” New York Post, November 8, 2009

“A Demand for Freedom,” First Things, December 2009

“And Heaven and Nature Sing,” Weekly Standard, December 28, 2009, p. 3

“The Great Beyond,” National Review, December 31, 2009, pp, 28-29, review of Dinesh D'Souza, Life After Death: The Evidence

“American Exceptionalism and American Religion,” First Things, January 2010

“The Papal Difference,” First Things, February 2010

“Once and Future Things,” First Things, March 2010

“Let The Sun Shine In,” Wall Street Journal, March 30, 2010, p. A17, review of Ian McEwan, Solar

“Rhyme & Reason,” First Things, April 2010

“Every Catholic is now paying,” USA Today, April 5, 2010, p. 9A

“Bad Medicine,” First Things, May 2010

“Anti-Catholicism, Again; The permanent scandal of the Vatican,” Weekly Standard, May 3, 2010, pp. 20-27

“Redesigning First Things, etc.,” First Things, June / July 2010

“The Cost of Father Maciel,” First Things, June / July 2010

“An Online Diocese; Pro-Life Polling, etc.,” First Things, August / September 2010

“An Online Diocese; Pro-Life Polling, etc.,” First Things, August / September 2010

“Pullman Sleeper,” First Things, August 2010, pp. 61-63, review of Philip Pullman, The Good Man Jesus and the Scoundrel Christ

“The Signpost at the Crossroads,” First Things, August / September 2010

“Go Ahead and Flinch,” Books & Culture, September/October 2010, review of Donald E. Westlake, Memory (Hard Case Crime)

“The Scarlet 'D',” Weekly Standard, September 13, 2010, pp. 10-11

“Holy War Over Ground Zero,” First Things, October 2010

“Post-Rapture Pets; Vampires, etc.,” First Things, October 2010

“Saro's Love Song,” First Things, October 2010

“Loose Language,” Weekly Standard, October 25, 2010, p. 3

“Faith in America’s Colleges,” First Things, November 2010, pp. 2-3

“Mandatory Chapel,” First Things, November 2010, pp. 46-47

“Patricia Neal, influential rabbis, etc.,” First Things, November 2010, pp. 85-87

“There Is No Catholic Vote,” Weekly Standard, November 1, 2010, pp. 10-12