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Essay 6 March 2011
book cover The Public Responsibilities of Known American Poets
Eugene Schlanger
In this original essay, Gene Schlanger, the Wall Street Poet, reflects on the potential good of poetry in an age when the known poets cannot attract an audience or attention.
Best of the Bookman 6 March 2011
book cover The Great Historian of Culture
Russell Hittinger
Russell Hittinger reviews a biography of the Catholic historian Christopher Dawson in this “Best of the Bookman” from 1993.
Interview 27 February 2011
book cover The Quality of Our Imaginations
an interview by Gerald J. Russello
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.
Review 27 February 2011
book cover Rescuing the Past
Isabel A. Nelson
The Iona Conspiracy by G. L. Gregg. Winged Lion Press, 2010, 432 pp., $18.
Best of the Bookman 27 February 2011
book cover The Faith of Men of Letters
George A. Panichas
In this review from 1987, the late Dr. Panichas reviews Russell Kirk’s book on Eliot—he calls it Kirk’s greatest work—and discusses the cultural role of “the man of letters.”
Review 27 February 2011
book cover Champion of Faith and Common Sense
James E. Person Jr.
Defiant Joy: The Remarkable Life & Impact of G. K. Chesterton by Kevin Belmonte. Thomas Nelson, 2011, $16.99, 318 pages
Review 20 February 2011
book cover Ortega y Gasset’s Metaphysical Cure for Invertebrate Cultures
Pedro Blas González
The Revolt of the Masses by José Ortega y Gasset. W. W. Norton, [1930] 1994, 192 pages.
Best of the Bookman 20 February 2011
book cover A Guide to Voegelin’s Thought
Gregory Wolfe
In this review published in the early 1980s, Gregory Wolfe looks at an early collection of essays on the work of the philosopher Eric Voegelin (1901–1985), who famously criticized ideological efforts to “immanentize the eschaton.” The essays offer a good introduction to the scope of Voegelin’s thought and the concerns of some critics.
Review 13 February 2011
book cover Terror and the ‘Market State’
Mitchell McNaylor
Terror and Consent: The Wars for the Twenty-First Century by Philip Bobbitt (New York: A. A. Knopf, 2008) x + 672 pp, $35.00 (cloth).
Best of the Bookman 13 February 2011
book cover image The Stature of John Courtney Murray
Mark C. Henrie
John Courtney Murray and the American Civil Conversation edited by Robert P. Hunt and Kenneth L. Grasso (Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1992), 312 pp.
Interview 6 February 2011
Live Where We Are
an interview by Gerald J. Russello
A conversation with John Byron Kuhner, author of a Walden-esque book about Staten Island.
Best of the Bookman 6 February 2011
book cover Albert Camus
Thomas Molnar
In this 1965 installment from our archives, the late historian Thomas Molnar assesses the life and thinking of Albert Camus, who sought to solve the riddle that evil poses to man.
Editorial 30 January 2011
Editor’s Note: Welcome to the New Bookman
Best of the Bookman 30 January 2011

Below please find a link to the first installment of a new regular feature, “The Best of the Bookman.” Each week, we will feature an essay or review from the University Bookman’s incomparable archives. These archives have never been accessible before and represent a unique view into conservative reflection for the past five decades and more.

book cover The Tolstoy Locomotive on the Berlin Track
John Lukacs
This review essay on Isaiah Berlin’s The Hedgehog and the Fox first appeared in The University Bookman, volume 20, no. 4 (Summer 1980).

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The ... conservative is concerned, first of all, for the regeneration of spirit and character—with the perennial problem of the inner order of the soul, the restoration of the ethical understanding, and the religious sanction upon which any life worth living is founded. This is conservatism at its highest.

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