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On Letters and Essays 28 June 2015
book cover ‘Spoken with Sufficient Seriousness’
James V. Schall, S. J.
Father Schall reflects on the letters and essays of Blaise Pascal, the “infinite spaces,” and the light of truth.
Review 28 June 2015
book cover Churchill Defends the Gallipoli Campaign
Francis P. Sempa
Sempa looks at Winston Churchill’s attempts to defend the strategy of the Gallipoli offensive in World War I—and his role in it—a century after the disastrous campaign cost a quarter of a million lives.
Review 21 June 2015
book cover Ethnicity Matters
Eamon Moynihan
Pandaemonium: Ethnicity in International Politics by Daniel Patrick Moynihan. Oxford University Press, 1993. Hardcover, 221 pages, $110.
Review 21 June 2015
book cover Norman Lear, Conservative?
Patrick McCarthy
Even This I Get to Experience by Norman Lear. Penguin Press, 2014. Hardcover, 448 pages, $33.
Review 14 June 2015
book cover The Whig Theory of Christianity
Bruce P. Frohnen
Inventing the Individual: The Origins of Western Liberalism by Larry Siedentop. Belknap/Harvard University Press, 2014. Hardcover, 448 pages, $35.
Review 14 June 2015
book cover Virgil Through the Centuries
David G. Bonagura, Jr.
The Last Trojan Hero: A Cultural History of Virgil’s Aeneid, by Philip Hardie. I.B. Tauris, 2014, 256 pp., $35.
Symposium 7 June 2015
book cover What We’re Reading (Summer 2015)
Bookman Contributors
From Waterloo to Palomar, from children’s fiction to philosophy, our contributors and friends again provide their summer reading lists.
Essay 31 May 2015
book cover Norman Mailer and the End of Journalism
Mark Judge
Judge compares Norman Mailer, a leading light in the New Journalism, to his successors today. Beyond mere bias is a deeper reason for the decline of journalism: the end of journalistic boot camp.
Review 24 May 2015
book cover The Holiness of Hobbitry
Adam Schwartz
Tolkien’s Sacramental Vision: Discerning the Holy in Middle-earth by Craig Bernthal. Angelico Press, 2014. Paperback, 316 pages, $17.
Review 24 May 2015
image A Conservative Manifesto for Europe
Alexander Trachta
Zeitgeist & Headwinds: A Conservative Manifesto [Original German: Zeitgeist und Gegenwind—Ein konservatives Manifest] by Florian Stumfall. Hemau, Germany: Tangrintler Medienhaus, 2011. Hardcover, 243 pages, €25.
On Essays and Letters 17 May 2015
book cover On Cocktail Time
James V. Schall, S. J.
Father Schall reflects on the Wodehouse novel Cocktail Time and the surprising utility of the word “loopy.”
Interview 17 May 2015
book cover Unequal Victors
an interview by JP O’Malley
JP O'Malley interviews Michael Neiberg about his new book on the 1945 Potsdam Conference that helped shape the postwar world.
Essay 10 May 2015
book cover Why Secular Liberalism Isn’t Liberal
Forfare Davis
John Gray, René Girard, and the return of tribal religion
Essay 10 May 2015
book cover L’Engle’s Conservatism
Jordan J. Ballor
Ballor looks at the nuanced worldview revealed by a newly uncovered passage from a draft of Madeleine L’Engle’s fantasy classic, A Wrinkle in Time and her warnings of the dangers of our pursuit of security.

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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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