John M. DeJak

John M. DeJak, an attorney and Catholic educator, is president of Father Gabriel Richard High School in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

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  • The Life of the Mind
    March 2021

    The Life of the Mind

    6 ½ min

    The cultivation of the intellectual life begins in silence and reflection, Zena Hitz writes in Lost in Thought: The Hidden Pleasures of an Intellectual Life.

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  • The Sepulcher as Political Symbol
    January 2021

    The Sepulcher as Political Symbol

    7 ½ min

    The bones and dust of the Italian poet Dante were a political football for the warring factions of Italy long after his death, Guy Raffa writes in Dante's Bones. He who possessed Dante's remains symbolically controlled the country's future.

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  • The Serfs of Silicon Valley
    November 2020

    The Serfs of Silicon Valley

    7 ¼ min

    An oligarchy has arisen from the über-rich of Silicon Valley, served by dispossessed, monastic tech-serfs and a new cultural “clerisy” in academia, media, and religious institutions, Joel Kotkin argues in The Coming of Neo-Feudalism

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  • Books in Brief: October 2020
    October 2020

    Books in Brief: October 2020

    4 ¼ min

    Retroculture: Taking America Back, by William S. Lind and Coming Home: Reclaiming America’s Conservative Soul, by Ted V. McAllister and Bruce P. Frohnen

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  • Catholic Comfort for a Wounded South
    September 2020

    Catholic Comfort for a Wounded South

    7 min

    There was a uniquely Catholic contribution to the Confederate cause. John DeJak reviews new scholarship on the political loyalties of Confederate Catholics by Gracjan Kraszewski.

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  • A Decadent Diagnosis
    August 2020

    A Decadent Diagnosis

    7 min

    In his most recent book, Ross Douthat analyzes our decadent society from several perspectives—cultural, political, and philosophical. He insists that decadence has interconnected economic, demographic, intellectual, and cultural factors.

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  • A Skeptic on the Road of Saints
    June 2020

    A Skeptic on the Road of Saints

    9 ¼ min

    Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Timothy Egan’s latest book chronicles his pilgrimage along the Via Francigena.

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  • Books in Brief
    April/May 2020

    Books in Brief

    4 ½ min

    John DeJak reviews Václav Benda's The Long Night of the Watchman

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  • <em>Books in Brief</em>
    March 2020

    Books in Brief

    2 ¾ min

    Journalist Tyler O’Neil of PJ Media has been busy. From roughly around the time of the Charlottesville racial conflagration in 2017 to the filling of the inkwells that were used to print this book, O’Neil has covered various aspects of the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) and its self-appointed role as arbiter of “hate” and what passes for “acceptability” in American society. Unfortunately, the book is an obvious clip job that compiles the author’s previously published articles and blog posts, replete with repetitions, non sequiturs, a few typos, and bumpy transitions.

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  • January 2020

    Books in Brief

    4 ½ min

    Debunking Howard Zinn: Exposing the Fake History That Turned a Generation Against America, by Mary Grabar (Regnery; 327 pp., $29.99). Mary Grabar has performed an invaluable service by taking the time to dissect Howard Zinn’s polemical attack on America, A People’s History of the United States (1980). Christus Vincit: Christ’s Triumph Over the Darkness of the Age, by Bishop Athanasius Schneider and Diane Montagna (Angelico Press; 338 pp., $30.00). How are the Vatican’s Amazon Synod, a board meeting of GlaxoSmithKline, and a hearing before the House Intelligence Committee different?

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  • The Making of the Midwest
    January 2020

    The Making of the Midwest

    9 ¾ min

    David McCullough’s latest offering, The Pioneers, takes the reader into that little-known period of American history in which the intrepid veterans of the Revolutionary War set out to settle the territories on the banks of the Ohio River. It was the first thrust of Westward expansion that would characterize the United States during the rest of the 19th century. McCullough’s chronicle considers the period 1787-1863, using journals, letters, and the histories told by the original pioneers of the Ohio Territory.

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  • Timely, and Timeless
    March 2016

    Timely, and Timeless

    5 ¾ min

    “An essay is not an exercise in ‘thinking out loud.’ Rather, it is thinking while writing, or even perhaps the writing is, in its own way, our thinking things out.”

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  • Defining Work
    March 2015

    Defining Work

    4 ½ min

    This collection harkens back to a bygone era when the essay was a common medium of the literary artist.

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