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Essay 18 October 2015
book cover The Uncozy Christie
Eve Tushnet
A reflection on the underestimated Dame Agatha Christie at 125.
Review 18 October 2015
book cover The Deauthorised Life of Ted Hughes
Carl Rollyson
Ted Hughes: The Unauthorised Life by Jonathan Bate. Harper, 2015. Hardcover, 672 pages, $40.
Review 11 October 2015
book cover Bradbury the Realist
Thomas F. Bertonneau
Ray Bradbury by David Seed. Illinois University Press (Modern Masters of Science Fiction), 2015. Paperback, 207 pages, $24.
Review 11 October 2015
book cover Are We a Nation of Heretics?
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 4 October 2015
book cover Permanence, Tradition, and Memory
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.
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.
Essay 27 September 2015
image The Flowering of Legal Cynicism
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.
Review 20 September 2015
book cover Et in Academia, Ego
Eve Tushnet
Bradstreet Gate: A Novel by Robin Kirman. Crown, 2015. Hardcover, 320 pages, $26.
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 13 September 2015
book cover On Not Being Boring
Robert C. Koons
Acedia and its Discontents: Metaphysical Boredom in an Empire of Desire by R. J. Snell. Angelico Press, 2015. Paperback, 144 pages, $15.
Review 13 September 2015
book cover Re-introducing Japan’s Conservatives
Jason Morgan
Japan’s Love-Hate Relationship with the West by Hirakawa Sukehiro. Global Oriental (Kent, UK), 2005. Hardcover, 400 pages, $90.
On Letters and Essays 30 August 2015
book cover ‘Et tu, Brute?’
James V. Schall, S. J.
Father Schall reflects on the death of Caesar and the speech of Mark Antony.
Review 30 August 2015
book cover Complicating the Nixon Story
Francis P. Sempa
The President and the Apprentice: Eisenhower and Nixon, 1952–1961 by Irwin F. Gellman. Yale University Press, 2015. Hardcover, 791 pages, $40.
Review 30 August 2015
book cover Who Governs the World?
Flavio Felice
Chi governa il mondo? by Sabino Cassese. Bologna: il Mulino, 2013. Paperback, 138 pages, $21.57. English edition: The Global Polity: Global Dimensions of Democracy and the Rule of Law. Sevilla: Global Law Press/Editorial Derecho Global, 2012. Etext, free.

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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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