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Essay 23 January 2017
book cover When Time Was Measured in Decades
Pedro Blas González
Gonzáles discusses Spanish novelist Miguel Delibes and his 1964 work, Viejas historias de Castilla la Vieja.
Review 22 January 2017
book cover Four Acres in Herefordshire
Robert Grano
The Running Hare: The Secret Life of Farmland by John Lewis-Stempel. Doubleday, 2016. Hardcover, 298 pages, £16.99.
Review 15 January 2017
book cover Hitchens: A Look at a Skeptic
Spencer Case
The Faith of Christopher Hitchens: The Restless Soul of the World’s Most Notorious Atheist by Larry Alex Taunton. Nelson Books, 2016. Hardcover, 199 pages, $15.
Review 15 January 2017
book cover An American Arcadia Made Accessible
Sarah Phelps Smith
The Brandywine: An Intimate Portrait by W. Barksdale Maynard. University of Pennsylvania Press, 2014. Hardcover, 276 pages, $34.95.
Review 8 January 2017
book cover Our Real Constitution—And What Happened to It
Allen Mendenhall
Constitutional Morality and the Rise of Quasi-Law By Bruce P. Frohnen and George W. Carey. Harvard University Press, 2016. Hardcover, 293 pages, $45.
Review 8 January 2017
book cover Endo and the Challenge of Orthodoxy
Lee Oser
Silence: A Novel by Shūsaku Endō, translated by William Johnston. Picador Modern Classics, 2016. Paperback, 212+xxvi pages, $16.
Review 2 January 2017
book cover A Guide to the Nightmare Countries
Kenneth Hite
Horror: A Literary History edited by Xavier Aldana Reyes. The British Library, 2016. Hardcover, 232 pages, $30.
Review 1 January 2017
book cover The Art of Sinking in Poetry
Greg Morrison
The Billy Collins Experience by A. M. Juster. Kelsay Books, 2016. Paperback, 66 pages, $14.
To the Point 29 December 2016
Kirk Reoccupying the City
Russell Kirk
Review 25 December 2016
book cover Summoned to Greatness
William F. Meehan III
A Torch Kept Lit: Great Lives of the Twentieth Century by William F. Buckley Jr., edited by James Rosen. Crown Forum, 2016. Hardcover, 336 pages, $22.
Books in Little 22 December 2016
book cover Books in Little: Kauffman’s ‘Deplorable’ Americans
Thomas DePietro
America First! Its History, Culture, and Politics by Bill Kauffman. Prometheus Books, 2016. Paperback, 390 pages, $18.
To the Point 19 December 2016
Kirk Digging Up the Bones of Empire
Russell Kirk
Review 18 December 2016
book cover To Paradise, By Way of Kensal Green
Eve Tushnet
The English Way: Studies in English Sanctity from St. Bede to Newman Edited by Maisie Ward, introduction by Bradley J. Birzer. Cluny Media, [1933] 2016. Paperback, 366 pages, $19.
On Letters and Essays 15 December 2016
image The Road to ‘Reunion’ Examined
James V. Schall, S. J.
Father Schall reviews a satirical essay from Ronald Knox on the union of world religions.

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The moral imagination is the principal possession that man does not share with the beasts. It is man’s power to perceive ethical truth, abiding law, in the seeming chaos of many events. Without the moral imagination, man would live merely day to day, or rather moment to moment, as dogs do. It is the strange faculty—inexplicable if men are assumed to have an animal nature only—of discerning greatness, justice, and order, beyond the bars of appetite and self-interest.

Russell Kirk, Enemies of the Permanent Things, 1969


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