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Great Minds and Humble Servants Winter 2018
In this conversation, Philipp Rosemann, general editor of the Dallas Medieval Texts and Translations series, discusses his work to make accessible the work of medieval texts in Latin, and why tradition needs both the major figures and those who help transmit their ideas for new generations.
Literature as Counterculture Fall 2017
Mendenhall talks with Robert P. Waxler, professor of English at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth and a founder of the Changing Lives Through Literature program, about themes in his most recent work, Why Reading Books Still Matters.
The Book Doesn’t Change, But the Reader Does Summer 2017
A conversation with Daniel Moran, author of Creating Flannery O’Connor: Her Critics, Her Publishers, Her Readers (2016).
A Righteous Republic? Summer 2017
We interview Yale professor Philip Gorski on his recent book American Covenant: A History of Civil Religion from the Puritans to the Present.
On Not Facing the Death of a Civilization Winter 2017
This conversation with translator Will Stone about the prewar celebrity Austrian novelist Stefan Zweig covers the failure of a generation, the death of a culture, and the rise of nationalism.
On the Rise of the Enlightenment Fall 2016
A conversation with British author and scholar Anthony Gottlieb on the rise of the Enlightenment; Rousseau’s politics; the influence of John Locke’s Second Treatise of Government on both the French Revolution and the American Constitution; and the progress of humanity.
The Immigrants from Hell Fall 2016
Horror of Life Summer 2016
O’Malley speaks with Peter Ackroyd CBE about his new biography of Alfred Hitchcock and the great director’s life and work.
After Consensus Ends Winter 2016
A conversation with James Piereson, author of the new book, Shattered Consensus: The Rise and Decline of America’s Postwar Political Order.
Why Caesar Was Not Called King Fall 2015
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.
Writings after Empire Fall 2015
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.
Chaos and Choices Fall 2015
A conversation with C. A. Higgins on the eve of the release of her debut science fiction novel, Lightless.
Dangers to the Soul Summer 2015
A conversation with novelist Piers Paul Read on his work, the state of the Catholic novel, the nature of the family, and more.
Unequal Victors Spring 2015
JP O'Malley interviews Michael Neiberg about his new book on the 1945 Potsdam Conference that helped shape the postwar world.
Catholic Social Teaching and Contemporary Social Problems Fall 2014
A conversation with Edward T. Mechmann, director of public policy for the Catholic Archdiocese of New York and author of God, Society and the Human Person.
Making Meaning in Virtual Worlds Summer 2014
The Bookman speaks with Robert Geraci on findings from his new book on virtual religious practices and faith alternatives among users of online role-playing games.
Repeating Calamities Winter 2014
JP O'Malley interviews Simon Schama about his new book and documentary, The Story of the Jews and recurring attacks on Jewish people and culture. He and Schama also talk about progress in history.
Hoover’s Crusade Against Collectivism Winter 2014
George H. Nash, historian and biographer of Herbert Hoover, speaks with the Bookman about his new book, a previously unknown memoir from the former president. He discusses what The Crusade Years adds to our knowledge about Hoover and the post-war years, and suggests lessons we can draw from his long post-presidential career.
It’s a Bird! It’s a Plane! It’s J. Alfred Prufrock! Winter 2014
The editor of the book and ideas newsletter Prufrock interviews artist Julian Peters, who is creating a comic book adaptation of T. S. Eliot’s famous poem.
On Beyond Think Tanks Fall 2013
An interview with writer and filmmaker Mark Judge on the disconnect between popular culture and the conservative movement.
Crowding Out Virtues Summer 2013
JP O'Malley interviews Michael J. Sandel on his new book, What Money Can’t Buy.
Family and Faith: A Two-Way Street Summer 2013
Burke, Party, and the Human Person Spring 2013
JP O'Malley interviews Jesse Norman, political thinker and MP, and author of the new book, Edmund Burke: The First Conservative, on Burke as a postmodern thinker, proponent of political parties, agent of change, and other themes.
Copperheads, Community, and Those Who Have Lost Spring 2013
Bill Kauffman, screenwriter for the upcoming feature film Copperhead, speaks with the Bookman about localism, war, and his forthcoming film.
Literature and the Call of Faith Spring 2013
The Bookman talks with Gregory Wolfe about contemporary arts, artists, and cultural critics (and what he learned from Russell Kirk) on the occasion of the release of the first novel from his new imprint, Slant Books.
The Marilyn Monroe of Modern Literature Spring 2013
The Bookman interviews Carl Rollyson, author of a new biography of the poet Sylvia Plath, who finds significant parallels between Plath and Marilyn Monroe, subject of one of his earlier biographies.
Prog Rock and the Permanent Things: More with Bradley Birzer Winter 2013
Part Two of a two-part interview with Bradley Birzer, who holds the Russell Amos Kirk Chair of American Studies at Hillsdale College. Birzer says the conservative task privileges preserving and sanctifying culture over politics. He also discusses Augustine, Christian Humanism, and progressive rock.
The Libertarian Who Loves Kirk: Bradley Birzer on the Permanent Things Winter 2013
Part One of a two-part interview with Bradley Birzer, who holds the Russell Amos Kirk Chair of American Studies at Hillsdale College. Birzer talks about his personal and intellectual influences and what he finds fascinating about Russell Kirk.
Having It Both Ways Fall 2012
Novelist and poet James Lasdun speaks with the Bookman about why he feels violence is an important theme to be explored in poetry, how Chekhov modernized him as a writer, and why an industrial wasteland in New Jersey inspired the milieu for one of his novels.
A Road Not Taken Fall 2012
In the aftermath of the 2012 election, the Bookman interviews Michael Brendan Dougherty, national correspondent for The American Conservative, on the thinking and likely influence of Patrick J. Buchanan and his New Majority—and the prospects for Republicans to interrupt current trends by reaching out to African-Americans and urban voters.
Omnipotence Is Provisional Fall 2012
In a conversation with JP O’Malley, London-based novelist Will Self talks about why he doesn’t see himself as a British writer, how his latest novel is a tribute to James Joyce’s Ulysses, and why he considers every book he writes a failure.
Cliché on a Hill Summer 2012
A conversation with Richard M. Gamble, author of In Search of the City on a Hill.
A Story of Redemption in Washington Fall 2011
A conversation with Timothy S. Goeglein on George W. Bush, faith, scandal, redemption, Russell Kirk, and his new book.
Conservatism, Journalism, and Pop Culture Spring 2011
A conversation with John J. Miller of National Review, soon to be heading the journalism program at Hillsdale College, and author, most recently, of The Big Scrum: How Teddy Roosevelt Saved Football.
A Return to Reason Spring 2011
A conversation with Robert Royal, president of the Faith & Reason Institute in Washington D.C. and author of The God That Did Not Fail on the place of the Catholic and Catholic teaching in American public life.
Democracy’s Immoderate Friends Winter 2011
A conversation with Daniel J. Mahoney, professor of political science at Assumption College and author of The Conservative Foundations of the Liberal Order, a new book that traces the intellectual history of democracy, and how its success may in fact rest on non-democratic values and norms developed in the Western tradition.
The Quality of Our Imaginations Winter 2011
A conversation with Gary L. Gregg, director of the McConnell Center and author of a new series of young adult novels called The Remnant Chronicles. Gregg touches on the role of the imagination in his own work, the influence of Russell Kirk, and the connection between imagination and leadership as exemplified in the case of George Washington.
Live Where We Are Winter 2011
A conversation with John Byron Kuhner, author of a Walden-esque book about Staten Island.
The Predicament of the Individual Website Exclusives (2009)
The Freedom to Use Common Sense Website Exclusives (2009)
Examining our Techological Assumptions Website Exclusives (2009)
Behind the Big Ripoff Website Exclusives (2007–2008)
From National Executive to Therapist-in-Chief Website Exclusives (2007–2008)
The Legacies of Edmund Burke and Robert Frost Website Exclusives (2007–2008)
On Buildings, Boomers, and the ’Burbs Volume 45, Number 3 (Fall 2007)
A Conversation with Joseph Pearce Volume 43, Nos. 2–4 (Fall 2004)

Real progress consists in the movement of mankind toward the understanding of norms, and toward conformity to norms. Real decadence consists in the movement of mankind away from the understanding of norms, and away from obedience to norms.

Russell Kirk, Enemies of the Permanent Things, 1969


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Richard Reinsch interviews Brad Gregory on Luther’s legacy,

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Allen Mendenhall on the maverick former judge Richard Posner.

Helen Andrews on Mugabe and Zimbabwe.

John Lukacs —the great contemporary historian has pieces in both Chronicles (on being surrounded by books) and First Things (on a displaced pianist).


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