Point of Contact: "The Peculiar Life of Sundays" by Stephen Miller

Monday, 13 Jul 2009

Stephen Miller is described on the dust jacket of this curious book only as "the author of the bestselling book Conversation: A History of a Declining Art." All we know about Mr. Miller, then, is that he is a student of decline. The book under review here is primarily a study of the decline of Sunday as a cultural phenomenon. The book analyzes attitudes toward Sunday basically by distinguishing between Sunday as a holy day and as a holiday. The focus of the book-about 75 percent-is on the eighteenth through twentieth centuries. The remaining ...

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