Michial Farmer is the author of Imagination and Idealism in the Works of John Updike. His essays have appeared in The Cresset, Front Porch Republic, and Touchstone.

Miguel de Unamuno has been mostly forgotten in the English-speaking world, but he was one of the most important Spanish intellectuals of the twentieth century (photo: AP).
Arts & CultureBooks
Michial Farmer
The short story “San Manuel Bueno, Martir” by the Spanish existentialist Miguel de Unamuno can help us to sort out the feelings of the unbelieving minister.
 “The Good Samaritan” by Jan Scorel, 1537 (photo: Alamy)
Arts & CultureIdeas
Michial Farmer
Abstraction is fundamentally inhuman, even anti-human.