What to Read in 2013

I saw this a week ago, but it’s still good advice. Ross Douthat makes a suggestion as to what to read in the new year. He counsels:

So use the year wisely, faithful reader. For a little while, at least, let gridlock take care of itself, shake yourself free of the toils of partisanship, and let your mind rove more widely and freely than the onslaught of 2014 and 2016 coverage will allow.

Douthat makes the suggestion to read differently in 3 ways:

1. Read those whose opinions you don’t share.

2. Read broadly on a geographic level. Here, I’m particularly interested in checking out Douthat’s suggestion of paying attention to Walter Kirn. After living in New Jersey, I’m convinced that Douthat is absolutely right that “Even in our supposedly globalized world, place still shapes perspective…”

3. Read those who are marginal to the conversation and exist outside of the Left/Right divide.

As for me, I plan to read up on more foreign policy, paying especial attention to Walter Russell Mead’s blog the Via Meadia and the articles and books Andrew Bacevich.

What do you plan to read in the coming year?


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4 responses to “What to Read in 2013

  1. Thoughts by Jamie

    I’m currently working on Phillip Schaaf’s 8 Volume Church History. Might move to the complete works of Francis Schaefer whenever I finish that.

    If you’re looking for Foreign Policy those libertarian liberty lover’s over at the Cato Institute always have something fun to say 😉

  2. Schaff will keep you going for awhile. He’s a fascinating author who is considered the father of Church history in America. You might want to follow up with a study of his thought by Stephen Graham, _Cosmos in the Chaos: Philip Schaff’s Interpretation of Nineteenth-Century American Religion_.

  3. I’m currently reading Amanda Foreman’s hefty tome on Britain’s crucial role in the American Civil War. The Bonhoeffer biography by Eric Metaxas is waiting on deck, followed by the latest edition in the Lightbringer series by Hillsdale’s own Brent Weeks. Jonathan, I always appreciate your reading suggestions!

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