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Essay 28 May 2012
Paul Fussell in Paris, 1945 ‘The Farther from the Scene of Horror, the Easier the Talk’
R. J. Stove
Paul Fussell, who died this month, was perhaps more a curmudgeon than a conservative, but his harsh language was intended to counteract propaganda and euphemism and so recover the reality of the human in the face of war and other cultural assaults. Robert Stove provides an obituary appropriate for Memorial Day.
Essay 27 May 2012
On Statesmanship: The Case of John Adams
Bruce P. Frohnen
This article is the first of two parts and is based on a talk delivered to a Colloquium on Statesmanship and the Constitution at the Rochester Institute of Technology, April 13–14, 2012.
Best of the Bookman 27 May 2012
book cover The Arrogant Elite
Barry Alan Shain
The New Communitarians and the Crisis of Modern Liberalism by Bruce Frohnen. University Press of Kansas, 1996. vii + 271 pp., $30 cloth.
Review 20 May 2012
book cover Longshoreman, Philosopher, Mystery
Daniel J. Flynn
Eric Hoffer: The Longshoreman Philosopher by Tom Bethell. Hoover Institution Press, 2012. Hardcover, 328 pages, $30.
Best of the Bookman 20 May 2012
book cover A Philosopher of Ordinary Language
Russell Hittinger
Wittgenstein: From Mysticism to Ordinary Language by Russell Nieli. SUNY Press 1987, 261 pp., $32 paper.
Review 13 May 2012
book cover Christopher Lasch, Conservative?
Seth J. Bartee
Hope in a Scattering Time: A Life of Christopher Lasch by Eric Miller. Eerdmans, 2010. Cloth, 394 pages, $32.
Best of the Bookman 13 May 2012
book cover The Household Gods of Freedom
M. E. Bradford
John Randolph of Roanoke: A Study in American Politics by Russell Kirk. Third ed., with select letters & speeches. Indianapolis: Liberty Fund, 1978. [Fourth edition, 1997, cloth $24, paper $14.50.]
Review 6 May 2012
book cover The Kind of Man Modernity Can Afford
Hunter Baker
Adventures of an Accidental Sociologist: How to Explain the World Without Becoming a Bore by Peter L. Berger. Prometheus Books, 2011, 264pp, hardcover, $26.
Best of the Bookman 6 May 2012
book cover What Is Happening to History?
John Lukacs
In this 1979 essay, the historian looks at the state of his field. He argues that “Popular interest in history preceded the teaching of history in schools; and there are many reasons to believe that it will survive it too.”
Review 1 May 2012
book cover Socratic and Secular Irony
Lee Trepanier
A Case for Irony by Jonathan Lear. Harvard University Press, 2011, 210 pages, $30.
Review 29 April 2012
book cover Freedom Complex
Gerald J. Russello
On the Road to Emmaus: The Catholic Dialogue with America and Modernity by Glenn W. Olsen. The Catholic University of America Press, 2012. 303 pp., $70.
Best of the Bookman 29 April 2012
book cover Belloc’s Social Thought
Jane Soames Nickerson
Hilaire Belloc, Edwardian Radical by John P. McCarthy. Liberty Press, 1978 [IHS Press, 2009, 373 pages.]
Essay 22 April 2012
book cover Adrienne Rich and an Assessment of Contemporary American Poetry
Eugene Schlanger
Even measured against the hyperbole of her obituaries, which are less about the quality and resonance of her poetry and more about the ideologies of her admirers, it is possible to assess the public value of contemporary American poetry in the context of Adrienne Rich’s words.
Review 22 April 2012
book cover Poetically Thinking
Micah Mattix
The Poetry of Thought: From Hellenism to Celan by George Steiner. New Directions, 2012. 224 pages, $25.

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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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