The University Bookman


Fall 2015


Interview 20 September 2015
book cover Chaos and Choices
an interview by Gerald J. Russello
A conversation with C. A. Higgins on the eve of the release of her debut science fiction novel, Lightless.
Review 20 September 2015
book cover Et in Academia, Ego
a review by Eve Tushnet
Bradstreet Gate: A Novel by Robin Kirman. Crown, 2015. Hardcover, 320 pages, $26.
Essay 27 September 2015
image The Flowering of Legal Cynicism
by Bruce P. Frohnen
Welcome to the jungle. Frohnen argues that legal cynicism harnessed to ideology has so undermined the rule of law that all of life is open to abuse at the hands of an unrestrained state possessed by a mob mentality.
Interview 27 September 2015
book cover Writings after Empire
an interview by JP O’Malley
JP O'Malley interviews translator Michael Hofmann about the émigré novelist Joseph Roth and Roth’s thoughts on conservatism, place, and life after the end of empire.
Review 4 October 2015
book cover Permanence, Tradition, and Memory
a review by Alvino-Mario Fantini
Essays on Modernity: And the Permanent Things from Tradition by James A. Patrick, Introduced by Thomas Howard, Edited by B. R. Mullikin. Fort Worth: Tower Press Books, 2015. Hardcover, paperback, Kindle, 190 pages.
Review 11 October 2015
book cover Are We a Nation of Heretics?
a review by Glen Austin Sproviero
Bad Religion: How We Became a Nation of Heretics by Ross Douthat. The Free Press, 2012 (2013). Paperback, 352 pages, $17.
Review 11 October 2015
book cover Bradbury the Realist
a review by Thomas F. Bertonneau
Ray Bradbury by David Seed. Illinois University Press (Modern Masters of Science Fiction), 2015. Paperback, 207 pages, $24.
Review 18 October 2015
book cover The Deauthorised Life of Ted Hughes
a review by Carl Rollyson
Ted Hughes: The Unauthorised Life by Jonathan Bate. Harper, 2015. Hardcover, 672 pages, $40.
Essay 18 October 2015
book cover The Uncozy Christie
by Eve Tushnet
A reflection on the underestimated Dame Agatha Christie at 125.
Review 25 October 2015
book cover Fighting Cousins
a review by John P. Rossi
Yanks and Limeys: Alliance Warfare in the Second World War. by Niall Barr. London: Jonathan Cape, 2015. Hardcover, 548 pages, $30.
Review 25 October 2015
book cover Risking Literature in the Obama Era
a review by Lee Oser
Bearings and Distances by Glenn Arbery. Wiseblood Books, 2015. Paperback, 335 pages, $13.
Review 1 November 2015
book cover Pierre Manent’s Common Political Science
a review by Ryan Shinkel
Seeing Things Politically: Interviews with Benedicte Delorme-Montini by Pierre Manent. St. Augustine’s Press, 2015. Hardcover, 240 pages, $30.
Essay 1 November 2015
book cover Four Federal Judges Celebrating Poetry at Poets House
by 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.
To the Point 8 November 2015
Kirk Returning ‘To the Point’
by 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.
To the Point 8 November 2015
Kirk Are Chance Acquaintances Providential Acquaintances?
by Russell Kirk
To the Point 8 November 2015
Kirk On Becoming a Journalist
by Russell Kirk
To the Point 15 November 2015
Kirk What’s Relevant? Roman History and Latin Literature
by Russell Kirk
To the Point 15 November 2015
Kirk Why Study Latin?
by Russell Kirk
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 22 November 2015
Kirk Our Wisest President
by Russell Kirk
To the Point 22 November 2015
Kirk The Meaning of Capitalism
by Russell Kirk
Essay 29 November 2015
book cover Schopenhauer and Postmodern Ethical Affectation
by Pedro Blas González
González reminds us of the uncomfortable lessons that the grouch of Danzig could teach our age.
Review 29 November 2015
book cover Kissinger as Political Philosopher
a review by Francis P. Sempa
Kissinger 1923–1968: The Idealist by Niall Ferguson. New York: Penguin Press, 2015. Hardcover, 986 pp., $39.95.
On Letters and Essays 6 December 2015
book cover On What Is Not Found in English Departments
by James V. Schall, S. J.
Father Schall reflects on state of the university English department after reading an essay by Joseph Epstein.

By 'the Permanent Things' [T. S. Eliot] meant those elements in the human condition that give us our nature, without which we are as the beasts that perish. They work upon us all in the sense that both they and we are bound up in that continuity of belief and institution called the great mysterious incorporation of the human race.

Russell Kirk


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