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Best of the Bookman 6 December 2015
A Champion of Inherited Culture
William McCann
The Intemperate Professor and Other Cultural Splenetics, by Russell Kirk. Sherwood Sugden and Company, 1988. 143pp. paper, $7.95.
Review 29 November 2015
book cover Kissinger as Political Philosopher
Francis P. Sempa
Kissinger 1923–1968: The Idealist by Niall Ferguson. New York: Penguin Press, 2015. Hardcover, 986 pp., $39.95.
Essay 29 November 2015
book cover Schopenhauer and Postmodern Ethical Affectation
Pedro Blas González
González reminds us of the uncomfortable lessons that the grouch of Danzig could teach our age.
To the Point 22 November 2015
Kirk The Meaning of Capitalism
Russell Kirk
TO THE POINT: FRIDAY, WEDNESDAY, MAY 1, 1963
To the Point 22 November 2015
Kirk Our Wisest President
Russell Kirk
TO THE POINT: FRIDAY, JULY 31, 1964
Interview 15 November 2015
book cover Why Caesar Was Not Called King
an interview by JP O’Malley
Noted scholar Mary Beard recently spoke to JP O’Malley about Ancient Rome, including the roots of Western concepts of freedom, why Roman history tends to have far greater archival evidence than Greek history, and why Julius Caesar helped lay the foundations for the political geography of modern Europe.
To the Point 15 November 2015
Kirk Why Study Latin?
Russell Kirk
TO THE POINT: FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 9, 1966
To the Point 15 November 2015
Kirk What’s Relevant? Roman History and Latin Literature
Russell Kirk
TO THE POINT: WEDNESDAY, APRIL 25, 1973
To the Point 8 November 2015
Kirk On Becoming a Journalist
Russell Kirk
TO THE POINT: THURSDAY, JULY 19, 1962
To the Point 8 November 2015
Kirk Are Chance Acquaintances Providential Acquaintances?
Russell Kirk
TO THE POINT: SATURDAY, APRIL 18, 1970, or SUNDAY, APRIL 19, 1970
To the Point 8 November 2015
Kirk Returning ‘To the Point’
Derek Draplin
Derek Draplin has searched the archives for selections from Russell Kirk’s thirteen-year run as a syndicated columnist. Here he introduces what will be a periodic feature for the Bookman.
Essay 1 November 2015
book cover Four Federal Judges Celebrating Poetry at Poets House
Eugene Schlanger
The Wall Street Poet reflects on a recent evening in New York where four judges extended poetry’s reach and made evident—for a time—its transcendent power.
Review 1 November 2015
book cover Pierre Manent’s Common Political Science
Ryan Shinkel
Seeing Things Politically: Interviews with Benedicte Delorme-Montini by Pierre Manent. St. Augustine’s Press, 2015. Hardcover, 240 pages, $30.
Review 25 October 2015
book cover Risking Literature in the Obama Era
Lee Oser
Bearings and Distances by Glenn Arbery. Wiseblood Books, 2015. Paperback, 335 pages, $13.

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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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