...from Lynn R. Szabo's review in Cistercian Studies Quarterly Vol 44.3, 2009, pp. 380-383

“As raconteur par excellence, Porter alerts us to the gyre of Merton’s reach….

“In Ten chapters, Porter surveys Merton’s life and work as though he were in a light plane preparing maneuver for an air show. His approach is at times dangerous, daring, and surprising; at others, it is serious and salient. His trenchant wit and appropriately irreverent humor add flourishes of entertainment that make this collection a pleasurable and engaging, as well as satisfying brief assessment of Merton’s corpus of poetry, journals, letters, and essays—his life as a public intellectual and professed religious.”

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