Hello. My name is Alan Jacobs. I am Distinguished Professor of Humanities in the Honors Program at Baylor University in Waco, Texas, and a Resident Fellow of Baylor’s Institute for the Studies of Religion.
I write a more-or-less-weekly newsletter, which you may subscribe to here.
My new book is called The Year of Our Lord 1943: Christian Humanism in an Age of Crisis.
Before that I published How to Think.
And before that came The Book of Common Prayer: A Biography and a critical edition of Auden’s long poem The Age of Anxiety (both Princeton University Press, 2013). You can find a list of my books and (many) other writings at The New Atlantis, where I am a Contributing Editor. You can also look at a PDF of my CV.
My next book will be called Breaking Bread with the Dead: The Case for Temporal Bandwidth, and will be published in Autumn 2020 by Penguin Press. You may get a brief preview of it by reading this essay.
Here are some essays I’ve published in the past three years or so:
- “After Technopoly” in The New Atlantis
- “Prophet of the Human-Built World: An Introduction to John Ruskin” in Comment
- “Creating Conservative Universities Is Not the Answer” at The Atlantic's Ideas page
- “Thomas Merton, the Monk Who Became a Prophet” in The New Yorker
- “The Question without a Solution” in The Weekly Standard
- “Tending the Digital Commons: A Small Ethics toward the Future” in The Hedgehog Review
- “Outside In” in Comment
- “Ecclesial Plurality” in Pro Ecclesia
- “Wokeness and Myth on Campus” in The New Atlantis
- “Filth Therapy: A Cunning Word” in Comment
- “Automata, Animal-Machines, and Us” in Education & Culture
- “When Character No Longer Counts” in National Affairs
- “The Witness of Literature: A Geneaological Sketch” in The Hedgehog Review
- “The Watchmen: What Became of the Christian Intellectuals?” in Harper's
- “Renewing the University” in National Affairs
About social media: I am no longer on Twitter: I have moved my smaller, quicker posts to my micro.blog site. I record stray thoughts on my personal blog, and I also maintain what one might call a coffee-table website called The Gospel of the Trees. Probably more interesting than any of that: the quotes from my online reading I post on my Pinboard page.
If you would like to invite me to give a lecture, first of all, thank you for thinking of me, but also please read this.
If you would like to meet with me, or you want me to read your manuscript, please read this.
If you are a student of mine, here are some pages for you to look at:
- My FAQ on general policies
- A page on grades and grading
- A page on how you should behave at a lecture
If you want my advice about going to graduate school in English or the other humanities, here it is.
Here are a few other online places where you can find my writing: