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Review 20 May 2018
book cover The Best Classical Latin Poet You’ve Never Heard Of
Michael Fontaine
The Elegies of Maximianus translated by A. M. Juster. University of Pennsylvania Press, 2018. Hardcover, 240 pages, $65.
Essay 20 May 2018
Heavenly Bodies exhibit graphic Saving What Is Lost
Maria Grizzetti
A reflection on fashion and the Catholic Imagination inspired by “Heavenly Bodies,” the current exhibit at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.
Essay 20 May 2018
University Club, Washington DC What Exactly Do We Agree On?
Micah Meadowcroft
At the Modern Age panel on conservatism after Trump
Review 13 May 2018
book cover The ‘Woke’ History of Democracy
Bruce P. Frohnen
Toward Democracy: The Struggle for Self-Rule in European and American Thought by James T. Kloppenberg. Oxford University Press, 2016. Hardcover, 912 pages, $35.
Review 13 May 2018
book cover Feeding the Little Platoons
Stephen Schmalhofer
Kitchen Essays by Agnes Jekyll. Persephone Books, 2008. Paperback, 264 pages, $22.
Review 13 May 2018
book cover Greenspan’s Intermezzo
Gilbert NMO Morris
The Man Who Knew: The Life and Times of Alan Greenspan by Sebastian Mallaby. Penguin Books, 2016, 2017. Paperback, 781 pages, $22.
Interview 6 May 2018
book cover Conservative Fictions, Fictional Conservatism?
an interview by Mark Judge
Mark Judge interviews Adam Bellow, longtime publishing executive and founder of Liberty Island, where a new counterculture is forming around conservative and libertarian writers. They talk conservative publishing, genre fiction, and the practicalities of breaking into the liberal cultural world.
Essay 6 May 2018
Discover Japan Magazine 2018-02 The Meiji Restoration at 150
Jason Morgan
Many in Japan are now looking back and taking stock of just how perilous, and contested, the much-taunted Meiji triumph really was. Morgan looks at popular and academic rethinking of the Meiji era and how this may affect Japan’s self-identity and foreign policy.
Review 6 May 2018
book cover The Duty to Rewrite History
John C. Chalberg
Schlesinger: The Imperial Historian by Richard Aldous. W.W. Norton, 2017. Hardcover, 486 pages, $30.
Essay 30 April 2018
book cover Hoffer and the True Believers
Pedro Blas González
González discusses the contributions of Eric Hoffer, one of twentieth-century philosophy’s only genuinely free spirits, in identifying the self-absorption and moral cancer of modern totalitarians.
Review 29 April 2018
book cover What Did the Declaration Declare?
Glenn A. Moots
The Heart of the Declaration: The Founders’ Case for an Activist Government by Steve Pincus. Yale University Press, 2016. Hardcover, 207 pages, $26.
Review 29 April 2018
book cover Degrees of Uselessness
Kevin P. Shields
A Practical Education: Why Liberal Arts Majors Make Great Employees by Randall Stross. Redwood Press / Stanford University Press, 2017. Hardcover, 291 pages, $25.
Review 22 April 2018
book cover Good Music and Christian Music
Mark Hijleh
Why Should the Devil Have All the Good Music? Larry Norman and the Perils of Christian Rock by Gregory Alan Thornbury. Convergent Books, 2018. Hardcover, 292 pages. $26.
Review 22 April 2018
book cover The Religion of Human Rights
Addison Del Mastro
The Debasement of Human Rights: How Politics Sabotage the Ideal of Freedom by Aaron Rhodes. Encounter Books, 2018. Hardcover, 280 pages, $28.

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A spirit of innovation is generally the result of a selfish temper and confined views. People will not look forward to posterity who never look backward to their ancestors.

Edmund Burke, Reflections on the Revolution in France


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