Hello. My name is Alan Jacobs. I am Distinguished Professor of Humanities in the Honors Program at Baylor University, and a Senior Fellow of the Institute for Advanced Studies in Culture at the University of Virginia.

My next book will be called Breaking Bread with the Dead: A Literary Guide to a Tranquil Mind, and will be published in September by Penguin Press. You may get a brief preview of it by reading this essay. The book is currently available for pre-order. If you follow that link you will see that people of infallible wisdom commend it.


I write a more-or-less-weekly newsletter, which you may subscribe to here.

My previous 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.

Here are some essays I’ve published fairly recently:

  • “Everything Is Illuminated” (on William Blake), at Harper's
  • “Patience” (on Terrence Malick’s A Hidden Life), at The Point
  • “Raising Kael” at Literary Hub
  • “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” at 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” originally at 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 largely absent. I guess have a Twitter, but I only use it to auto-post links from elsewhere — mainly my micro.blog page — and I never see replies. Here’s my personal blog, where I post occasionally.

    If you would like to invite me to speak, first of all Thank you, but some long-term family health issues make any non-mandatory travel impossible for me. I hope to be available at some later season of my life.

    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:

    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: