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Best of the Bookman 10 July 2011
book cover Habit and Being in Burke
Jeffrey Hart
This classic essay from 1963 introduces an important theme in the political thought of Edmund Burke. We need to cultivate habit because habit performs complex tasks with greater ease than does the conscious reason.
Review 3 July 2011
book cover Ancient Virtues in a Postmodern World
Jason R. Edwards
Truth, Beauty, and Goodness Reframed: Educating for the Virtues in the Twenty-First Century by Howard Gardner. Basic Books, 2011, 244 pp., $26.
Best of the Bookman 3 July 2011
The Rescue of Culture
Anthony Harrigan
The Intemperate Professor, and Other Cultural Splenetics by Russell Kirk. Baton Rouge: Louisiana State University Press, 1965 [revised edition: Sherwood Sugden & Co., 1988]. 163 pp.
On Essays and Letters 26 June 2011
book cover Memories of Johnson
James V. Schall, S.J.
Father Schall reflects on a collection of the writings and sayings—and conversations of Samuel Johnson. He suggests that “truth ultimately exists in conversation, not in books.”
Best of the Bookman 26 June 2011
book cover The Older Rhetoric Revisited: Hugh Blair and the Public Virtue of Style
M. E. Bradford
Lectures on Rhetoric and Belles Lettres, by Hugh Blair. Edited with a Critical Introduction by Harold F. Harding. Carbondale: Southern Illinois University Press, 1965. Two Vols., 496 and 566 pp.
Review 19 June 2011
book cover When free trade is not fair exchange
Derek Turner
How the West Was Lost: Fifty Years of Economic Folly—and the Stark Choices Ahead by Dambisa Moyo. London: Allen Lane, 2011, paper, 226 pages
Best of the Bookman 19 June 2011
The Deviant University
Donald Marquand Dozer
This 1969 essay, written during the educational uprisings of the time, is probably not the response to the student radicals expected from a conservative writer. And his critique of the modern university system still hits home today.
Review 12 June 2011
book cover The Dignity Conspiracy and its Strange Hold on Our Souls
Richard M. Reinsch II
Modern and American Dignity: Who We Are as Persons, and What That Means for Our Future by Peter Augustine Lawler (ISI Books, 2010).
Best of the Bookman 12 June 2011
Education as Part of America’s Secular Religion
Ernest van den Haag
This essay from one of the very first numbers of the University Bookman in 1960 offers a fascinating mix of timeless reflection on the role of education and a window into the state of higher education half a decade ago.
Review 5 June 2011
book cover Pointless Protest of American Poetry
Eugene Schlanger
Beautiful & Pointless: A Guide to Modern Poetry by David Orr. HarperCollins Publishers (New York, NY), 2011, xviii + 200 pp., $25.99
Review 5 June 2011
book cover From Materialism to Meaning
Tobias J. Lanz
The Southern Critics: An Anthology edited by Glen Arbery. Wilmington, DE: ISI Press, 2010, 384 pp. paper, $22
The Classics Revisited 29 May 2011
book cover Conservation as a Conservative Concern
James E. Person Jr.
The Unsettling of America: Culture & Agriculture, 3rd edition, by Wendell Berry (Sierra Club Books, 1996; originally published in 1977), 234 pages.
Best of the Bookman 29 May 2011
Max Lerner’s America
Russell Kirk
In this “Best of the Bookman” essay, Russell Kirk amuses his readers with an acerbic review of a pretentious book, the 1957 third edition of Max Lerner’s America as a Civilization. Kirk’s critiques of a (literal) textbook case of liberalism are still worth serious reflection.
Interview 22 May 2011
book cover Conservatism, Journalism, and Pop Culture
an interview by Gerald J. Russello
A conversation with John J. Miller of National Review, soon to be heading the journalism program at Hillsdale College, and author, most recently, of The Big Scrum: How Teddy Roosevelt Saved Football.

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By 'the Permanent Things' [T. S. Eliot] meant those elements in the human condition that give us our nature, without which we are as the beasts that perish. They work upon us all in the sense that both they and we are bound up in that continuity of belief and institution called the great mysterious incorporation of the human race.

Russell Kirk

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