Reasons to Believe
In his posthumous books Philip Rieff revisits faith and our inner and outer lives.
The Gift of Grace, and How It Has Been Taken Away from Us (Vintage)
by Philip Rieff
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One summer's day in 1980, I was in the Mid-Manhattan branch of the New York Public Library time-traveling back to the '60s. My reason for the trip was an anthology I was compiling of nonfiction pieces from and on the decade. My vehicle was the bound volumes of magazines at that branch, which I thumbed through page by page, month by month, year by year, in search of what was even then disappearing time. It was while doing so that I stumbled across a piece in a special supplement in the October 1961 issue of Harper's on "The College Scene" that was so astonishingly acute and prescient that I've never forgotten it. Titled "The Mirage of College Politics" and written by a sociology professor at the University of Pennsylvania, it nailed, in a mere eight closely argued pages, everything that was unusual, attractive,
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