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Essay 2 February 2014
book cover Pop Culture Mysticism
Mark Judge
Conservative outlets will occasionally run a light piece about how this movie or that pop song is actually conservative, as if they had found a gold coin in a landfill of dung. In fact, religious mysticism, if not Republican dogma, radiates through the popular culture. And we are missing it.
Best of the Bookman 2 February 2014
book cover Conservatism and Decline
Francis Russell
The Conservative Mind, from Burke to Eliot by Russell Kirk. Fifth revised edition. Chicago: Henry Regnery Company, 1973.
Review 26 January 2014
book cover Happier Cities, Happier Lives?
Gene Callahan
Happy City: Transforming Our Lives Through Urban Design by Charles Montgomery. Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2013. Hardcover, 290 pages, $27.
On Essays and Letters 26 January 2014
book cover On Having Faces
James V. Schall, S. J.
Father Schall reflects on Lewis’s novel and the mystery—and adventure—of knowing and being known.
Essay 19 January 2014
book cover Happiness or Joy?
Pedro Blas González
Talking about happiness ad nauseam, as we do about everything else in the West today, does not make one happy.
Review 19 January 2014
book cover Gottfried Responds
Paul Edward Gottfried
Paul Gottfried responds to Daniel McCarthy’s review of his book on Leo Strauss.
Best of the Bookman 19 January 2014
image Unamuno: No Evangelist, No Secularist
Thomas Howard
The Agony of Christianity by Miguel de Unamuno. Translated by Anthony Kerrigan; annotated by Anthony Kerrigan and Martin Nozick. Vol. 5 in the Bollingen works of Unamuno. Princeton University Press, 1974. $11.00.
Review 12 January 2014
book cover A Fair-Minded Polemic
Daniel McCarthy
Leo Strauss and the Conservative Movement in America: A Critical Appraisal by Paul Edward Gottfried. Cambridge, 2013. Paperback, 194 pages, $27.
Best of the Bookman 12 January 2014
Liberal Impartiality
Francis Canavan, S.J.
The Burke-Paine Controversy: Texts and Criticism, edited by Ray B. Browne. Harcourt, Brace & World, Inc., 1963. 230 pp.
Interview 5 January 2014
image It’s a Bird! It’s a Plane! It’s J. Alfred Prufrock!
an interview by Micah Mattix
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.
Best of the Bookman 5 January 2014
A Dark Prospect
M. E. Bradford
The Future of Literature, by Arther S. Trace Jr. New York: Phaedra Publishers, Inc., 1972.
Review 29 December 2013
book cover A Dark Path to Recovery
Gladden J. Pappin
The Loss and Recovery of Truth: Selected Writings by Gerhart Niemeyer. Edited by Michael Henry. St. Augustine’s Press, 2013. Hardcover, 648 pages, $60.
Best of the Bookman 29 December 2013
These Marks of Remembrance
M. E. Bradford
Collected Letters of John Randolph of Roanoke to Dr. John Brockenbrough, 1812–1833. Edited by Kenneth Shorey, with a foreword by Russell Kirk. Transaction Books, 1988. Hardcover, 192 pages [e-text].
Essay 23 December 2013
book cover ‘As You Wish’
Jordan J. Ballor
On the fortieth anniversary of The Princess Bride, Jordan Ballor looks at some of the story’s enduring themes.

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All great systems, ethical or political, attain their ascendency over the minds of men by virtue of their appeal to the imagination; and when they cease to touch the chords of wonder and mystery and hope, their power is lost, and men look elsewhere for some set of principles by which they may be guided.

Russell Kirk

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