The Rise and Triumph of the Modern Self by Carl Trueman is a thorough treatment of the history of Expressive Individualism and what modernity has come to. The author is a good thinker and writer, but he wearied me by incorporating into his thesis every possible thought and phenomenon that might contribute to the conclusion that “We are all expressive individualists now.” It’s a long book. After a hundred pages I jumped to the last fifty pages, and read the end first, to find out if it was worth the slog. I decided it was: I read every word, and underlined thought-provoking passages on every page.
So I’m glad I read it, and I’m much more glad that Anthony Esolen read it, because his writing is not just good, but sublime, and he calls the book a “mountaintop work.” He wrote a great review, which I heartily recommend. Because you probably want to know if you really are an Expressive Individualist, right?
To Strut and Fret an Hour Upon the Stage by Anthony Esolen
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You read very intense, deep books. I admire that, Gretchen!
Anthony Esolen is such an excellent writer. My husband has referred me to several articles he’s written, and I have _Ten Ways to Destroy the Imagination of Your Child_ on my list of books to read.
Thanks for the link to Esolen’s review. I was given this book for my birthday so it was interesting to read his comments.