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Posted April 6, 2007
Howard the Tiger
My claim to fame is having once drank beer with Thomas Howard. The easy, genial conversation that typified that time has continued for me in his books, and I say that the man and his books are one. I could also say that he's one of the best prose stylists in English, or that he's nearly single- handedly brought back the art of the essay. I could note that while he has always been a minority taste, Catholics read him while he was a Protestant, and Protestants read him now that he is a Catholic. But to do so would leave out numerous other readers, likely including atheists who simply like a bit of good writing. Were I to list my favorite books by Thos., they would include On Being Catholic, Chance or the Dance, and a small but absolutely gripping autobiography which picks up where Christ the Tiger left off, given a gap of maybe twenty years, Lead Kindly Light: My Journey to Rome. The present collection leaves out some of the liveliest essays, particularly 'Catholic is Not Enough' which appeared in Envoy and plays off his book title, Evangelical is Not Enough, not to mention ancient history from such magazines as His and the New Oxford Review. A great many of these pieces come from Touchstone, which is the reason I subscribed. I also think it would be helpful to include an introduction fitting the essays in some sort of order or commenting on the selection criteria. All of which is to say that there could easily be a further volume of divers and sundry Howardania, and I for one would welcome another round.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted September 15, 2010
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