Interview 24 September 2012
Omnipotence Is Provisional
an interview by
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.
Review 23 September 2012
The Anatomy of the Good
Putting on Virtue: The Legacy of the Splendid Vices
by Jennifer A. Herdt.
University of Chicago Press,  2012.
Paper, 467 pages, $35.
Best of the Bookman 23 September 2012
Natural Law or Nihilism?
The Wise Men Know What Wicked Things Are Written on the Sky by Russell Kirk. Regnery Gateway (1987), 132 pp.
Review 16 September 2012
Endless Game of Thrones
A Song of Ice and Fire
by George R. R. Martin
(5 of 7 planned volumes).
Bantam, 1996–2012. Paper, 5232 pages, $75.
Best of the Bookman 16 September 2012
Dos Passos: A Reassessment
In this “Best of the Bookman” essay from 1970, novelist Richard Hill offers a reappraisal of the writings of John Dos Passos, whose work always returns to “the dream of the little man, the small farmer and worker who wants to be free from centralization and tyranny.”
Review 16 September 2012
Books in Little
Brief reviews of books on distributism and Russell Kirk.
Interview 9 September 2012
Cliché on a Hill
an interview by
A conversation with Richard M. Gamble, author of In Search of the City on a Hill.
On Essays and Letters 9 September 2012
Our Rascally World
Father Schall reflects on a letter from the great satirist Jonathan Swift to the poet Alexander Pope.
Essay 27 August 2012
To College Students Considering a Course in American Poetry
The Wall Street poet advises students, before registering for a class on poetry, to browse the poems of the last decade. We live in a period of strife—to say the least. Surely some contemporary American poet has observed something memorable in verse?
Symposium 27 August 2012
The Bookman goes back to school
The University Bookman has long had a focus on education. Indeed, the archive reveals numerous reviews of college and high-school textbooks, and of course our founder Russell Kirk wrote often on education. As we approach the beginning of another school year, we asked some of our contributors for their advice to students coming back this fall on how to make the best of their education.
Review 19 August 2012
At War with the Word: Literary Theory and Liberal Education by R. V. Young. ISI Books, 1999, 2004. 211 pages.
Best of the Bookman 19 August 2012
The Declaration as the Constitution
Original Intent and the Framers of the Constitution: A Disputed Question by Harry V. Jaffa. Regnery Gateway, 1994, 386 pp., $24 hardcover.
Review 13 August 2012
Resisting Ideology’s Reductionism
The New Jacobinism: America as Revolutionary State (2d expanded ed.) by Claes G. Ryn. National Humanities Institute, 2011, 163 pp., paper, $15.
Best of the Bookman 13 August 2012
An American Classic
Democracy and Leadership by Irving Babbitt. Foreword by Russell Kirk, Liberty Classics, 1979, 390 pp.
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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