Church of Cowards

Matt Walsh was unknown to me until a few months ago.  A friend asked me to read Walsh’s book Church of Cowards so we could talk about it.  Walsh is a conservative blogger aligned with the religious right.  I’m not the religious right’s biggest fan but I read on anyway.   Walsh is a literary bludgeon. If…

Wanted: A Few Good Idiots

The Idiot is a book by Russian novelist Fyodor Dostoevsky (b. 1821, d. 1881). The story begins with Prince Myshkin returning to St. Petersburg from Switzerland. Myshkin convalesced there because of fragile health. Having recovered, he hopes to go on with life as peacefully as possible. But on re-entering Russian society, he finds a socio-political clash….