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Prufrock: February 5, 2018

In today's Prufrock: The decline of English, lost books, in praise of suburbs, that Katie Roiphe article, and more.  
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That Katie Roiphe article for Harper’s that was denounced—pre-publication—for supposedly revealing the creator of the Media Men List (it didn’t) has been published
Micah Meadowcroft reviews Jordan son’s 12 Rules for Life. son, Meadowcroft writes, is a sort of secular C. S. Lewis, and “12 Rules for Life is a grim book. It's no stretch to apply a theological gloss: It is full of son's exegesis of the Bible, a book of wisdom and archetypal myth to him only distinguished by its status as providing the ‘fundamental substructure of Western civilization.’ Adam is an example of human weakness; Christ merely an exemplar of human strength. No one has come to save you; you will have to save yourself. The ideal of a noble freedom of the soul to choose vice or virtue drove Pelagius to reject a divine first movement of grace in humanity's salvation in the 5th century. For son today that freedom is equally essential and drives him to the same conclusion. His world is suspended between order and chaos and our choices and responsibility allow us to navigate that tension, to walk the narrow way between them in our fullest participation in Being.”
30 publishers call on the Man Booker to close the prize to American authors: “The letter, which was intended to be private and has been seen by the Guardian, argues that the rule change to allow any writer writing in English and published in the UK to enter has restricted the diversity of the prize and led to the domination of American authors since it came into effect in 2014. Previously, the prize only allowed citizens from Commonwealth countries and the Republic of Ireland to enter.”
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