Author: J.L. Wall

J.L. Wall is a native Kentuckian in self-imposed exile to the Midwest, where he teaches writing to college students and over-analyzes Leonard Cohen lyrics.

The Seder in Quarantine

When the world’s Jews gather to celebrate Passover this Wednesday night, our seder tables will be uncannily private, small gatherings reduced from the scale of family to that of individual households

Techlash and Soulcraft

How Christopher Beha’s satire of celebrity culture creates space for the human in technology’s panopticon

A Book for Every Type

The Paris Review endorses Maddie Crum’s “One Perfect Book for Every Single Myers-Briggs Type.”  Like all Myers-Briggs related lists, it’s at once silly, entertaining, and at least partially true.   Mine:

Gettysburg’s Headlines, Day One (The Fog of War)

At the beginning of July, 1863, Union newspapers were abuzz with reports of Lee’s invasion.  Headlines in the New York Times fell under the bold-print category “REBEL INVASION”: “Important Intelligence Regarding the Movements of...

Sunday Evening Theism

I wish I could offer a fuller response to the post Christopher’s “Sunday Morning Atheism.”  He raised, powerfully and cogently, some of the issues that do—or should—plague any believer.  Sincerity in a religious endeavor...

Atheism, Paganism, and the God of Abraham

Several months ago, Rod Dreher, responding to several commenters on his blog, wondered whether a decline of Christianity in the West will lead to an atheistic society or a pagan one.  There are, to...