First off, I want to thank you for supporting us here at Athwart. Our growth these last few weeks has been incredible, and it’s great to see so many people have enjoyed reading what we publish. This past week we saw FIVE consecutive days of traffic records. We also broke records on both of our podcasts—Phronesis has been listened to over 1,000 times and we’ve reached 250 subscribers! If you haven’t already, check it out on Spotify or Apple Podcasts.
Certainly, a large part of our growth has been the great fortune of publishing some wonderful writers. Toward the end of this newsletter you will be able to see everything we’ve published in the last two weeks.
As we continue to evolve, we are looking for more ways to serve our readers and provide value to our paid members—and we also want to get to know our readers better! So, starting this weekend, we are going to set up open hours on Superpeer where you can come chat with Athwart’s editors: pitch us essay ideas, ask questions about recent publications, or find out more about our plans for the future. Superpeer is a new platform for virtual meetings that we’re testing out, so let us know what you think. You can click here to find a time or go to superpeer.com/athwart/bradleydavis. This opportunity will persist for our paid members, but will be available for free to everyone for a limited period of time. We hope to see and speak with you!
I also wanted to update you on our upcoming symposium: “Toward a Just Political Economy.” We have 10 contributors who represent several countries, faith traditions, and ideological frameworks, all working on how to make sustainable and community-driven economies. We’re excited that this symposium will be available online and in print, with some print-exclusive content. We will also be hosting a panel discussion for the symposium’s release. This is an ambitious project that we’re very excited for. Pre-order information and other details forthcoming.
This coming week, we will be running a couple responses to essays previously published in Athwart. They should be good, stay tuned!
Friends & Foes
The best content we didn’t publish.
- Ahmed at the Post Apathy newsletter wrote an interesting reflection on public and private spaces in the age of surveillance—particularly looking at Chine and Middle East.
- Michael Millerman wrote an interesting review of Bronze Age Mindset.
- The New Thinkery has two great new podcast episodes, one on Machiavelli and one on Averroes. Highly recommended!
- The Materialism of Warm-Stream Marxism: Ernst Bloch on Ibn Sina by Daniel Tutt is a really fun, interesting read.
New Books, Reviews & Marginalia
This week, rather than announce some new releases, we wanted to give you a peak at our cart’s from a couple book sales currently underway.
Notre Dame Press — 40% off all Books
- Three Rival Versions of Moral Enquiry by Alasdair Macintyre
- Natural Law and Human Rights by Pierre Manent
- Alasdair MacIntyre, Charles Taylor, and the Demise of Naturalism by Jason Blakely
Content spoiler! On Monday, we’ll be releasing a fascinating interview with Blakely.
University of Chicago Press — 30% off all Ebooks (Meh, if you like ebooks it’s worthwhile.)
- Political Philosophy and the Challenge of Revealed Religion by Heinrich Meier
- The Children of Light and the Children of Darkness by Reinhold Niebuhr
- Teachers of the People by Dana Villa
- “Epidemic of Nuance” by Tessa Murthy
- “Thinker, Wanderer, Fly-Fisherman” by Joseph M. Keegin
- “The Serious Amateur: Review of Zena Hitz’s Lost in Thought” by Pavlos Papadopoulos
- “On Beyng and Natural Right” by Michael Millerman
- “Scruton and 'Ye: A New Vision for Urbanism” by Leo Thuman
- Episode 7: Seth Benardete, "On Strauss's Plato" with special guest Alex Priou.