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Best of the Bookman 5 February 2012
Textbooks and the Audience for Poetry
Robert Beum
In this essay from Spring 1964, poet Robert Beum points to some virtues of poetry and offers a modest proposal to address the decline of poetry in American culture.
Review 29 January 2012
book cover On the Matter of Authentic Conservatism and Political Faith
Hunter Baker
From Billy Graham to Sarah Palin: Evangelicals and the Betrayal of American Conservatism. By D. G. Hart. Eerdmans, 2011. 237 pages. $25.
Best of the Bookman 29 January 2012
book cover Oakeshott and Conservatism
Francis G. Wilson
Rationalism in Politics and Other Essaysby Michael Oakeshott. New York: Basic Books, 1962. 333 pp. [rev ed. Liberty Fund, 1991]
Review 22 January 2012
book cover Contingent Conservatism
Derek Turner
The New Politics: Liberal Conservatism or Same Old Tories? by Peter King, Policy Press (Bristol UK), 2011, 156pp, paper, $35.
Best of the Bookman 22 January 2012
book cover A New ‘Rasselas’
Jeffrey Hart
The History of Rasselas, Prince of Abyssinia, by Samuel Johnson. Edited by Warren Fleischauer. New York: Barron’s Educational Series, Inc., 1962. 189 pp. [Edition reviewed; Penguin edition (Kindle); Free edition (Kindle)]
Review 15 January 2012
book cover The Empire Goes Overboard
Michael J. Ard
Defiance of the Patriots: The Boston Tea Party and the Making of America by Benjamin L. Carp, New Haven: Yale University Press, 2010, Cloth, 328 pp, $30
Best of the Bookman 14 January 2012
Memo to Irving Babbitt
John Abbot Clark
In this Best of the Bookman essay from 1962, a writer who was then an associate professor of English at Michigan State, wrote a letter to Irving Babbitt, who died in 1933, assessing the state of education and culture in light of Babbit’s concerns during his lifetime.
Review 8 January 2012
book cover Political Correctness and the War Against Authority
A. W. R. Hawkins
Society Against Itself: Political Correctness and Organizational Self-Destruction by Howard S. Schwartz, Karnac Books, 2010. Paper, 240 pp.
The Classics Revisited 8 January 2012
book cover Witness over Sixty Years
James E. Person Jr.
Witness by Whittaker Chambers (Random House, 1952)
Review 28 December 2011
book cover Celebrated Minor Contemporary American Poetry
Eugene Schlanger
The Best American Poetry 2011 Edited by Kevin Young with David Lehman Scribner (New York, NY), 2011, xxvi + 211 pp., $35.00
On Essays and Letters 28 December 2011
‘The Greatest Fool That Ever Lived’
James V. Schall, S.J.
In this bonus column, Father Schall reflects on the nature of philosophy, Stoicism, and the Incarnational view of life.
Symposium 22 December 2011
book cover Lukacs and Kennan: Reflections on a Friendship
Lee Congdon
A Lukacs Symposium
Symposium 21 December 2011
book cover The Awful Responsibility of Time
Mark G. Malvasi
John Lukacs and the Problem of American History. A Lukacs Symposium.
Symposium 20 December 2011
book cover John Lukacs as Teacher
John P. Rossi
A Lukacs Symposium

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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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