Simone Weil’s tragedy Venice Saved
Some memoirs of Anthony Kenny
Tom Holland’s new book Dominion: How the Christian Revolution Remade the World
William Dalrymple’s The Anarchy: How a Corporation Replaced the Mughal Empire, 1756-1803
Matt Stoller’s Goliath: How Monopolies Secretly Took Over the World
Stig Abell, editor of the TLS How Britain Really Works: Understanding the Ideas and Institutions of a Nation
Bill Bryson’s The Body: A Guide for Occupants
Roger Crowley’s The Accursed Tower: The Fall of Acre and the End of the Crusades
John Jeremiah Sullivan’s The Prime Minister of Paradise: The True Story of a Lost American History
Daisy Dunn’s The Shadow of Vesuvius: A Life of Pliny
What appears to be a placeholder page for Eric Metaxas’s upcoming memoir Fish out of Water
Edmund Morris’s Edison
Martha Nussbaum’s The Monarchy of Fear: A Philosopher Looks at Our Political Crisis
Desmond Seward’s The King Over the Water: The Jacobite Cause 1689-1807
A.N. Wilson’s new Prince Albert
George Weigel has written another book on the Catholic faith in the modern world.
Frédéric Martel is releasing a Vatican exposé of some sort, apparently premised on the notion that “the more a prelate is homophobic, the more likely it is that he is himself gay.”
Martel’s book from last year, Global Gay: How Gay Culture Is Changing the World, is due out in paperback.
A new guide to English style, by Random House’s copy chief.
Robert Caro’s book on his own writing.
A history of Herndon, Virginia.
Have you ever wondered, “How do we make social justice the most pleasurable human experience?”
St. Gregory’s Prayer Book, published by the Personal Ordinariate of the Chair of St. Peter.
The next installment in Austen Ivereigh’s biography of Pope Francis.
Cardinal Müller assesses the challenges to Catholic doctrine and morals today.
A book by Jake Meador on the common good.
Joseph Cardinal Zen has written a book sharing his thoughts on the Catholic Church in China.
Eleonore Stump’s new book on atonement.
A book from Verso on the last days of Rosa Luxemburg.
Edward Feser’s new book on natural philosophy/philosophy of science.
Michael Brendand Dougherty’s letters to his Irish father.
Domenico Losurdo’s study of democratic authoritarianism.
A new edition of one of the founding works of Chinese legalism, The Book of Lord Shang.
Fr. Bede Jarrett, O.P.’s life of St. Dominic.
Hütter on Aquinas on Transubstantiation.
Hütter on Aquinas on Beatitude.
To Save the Country: a lost treatise on martial law by Lincoln’s expert on the law of war, Francis Lieber.
Ben Shapiro’s book on Judeo-Christian Values.
Some notes on a lecture by Dr. Marshner.
There are three kinds of work:
1. Work in the sense of natural operation. You turn on the radio. If you hear noise, you say that it “works.” You talk about yourself this way: my liver works, my kindeys work, and I work. In this use, work means “natural operation,” and the Greek language calls it energeia. The opposite is “broken down”.
2. Work in the sense of projects undertaken for serious purposes. The opposite is idleness, sleep, or play. Work in this sense is a blessing: we all want something to do. We flee idleness and we cannot sleep all day. Adam does this work in Eden: inventing language. Greek ergon.
In both of these senses, it makes sense to say that “God works”. He is pure act and there is no sleep or idleness. All his operations are conscious designs; there is no distinction between his nature and his operation.
3. Work in the sense of projects undertaken to secure the necessities of life. This kind of work is effected by sin. Toil. You are made to work for a living. Greek kopos.