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Essay 26 July 2015
book cover Terry Castle: The Anti-Paglia
Helen Andrews
What is it that makes The Professor and Other Writings the best American essay collection since Consider the Lobster?
Best of the Bookman 26 July 2015
book cover The Puritan Society: Toward Pluralism
Daniel R. Campbell
The Last American Puritan: The Life of Increase Mather by Michael G. Hall. Wesleyan University Press, 1988. xv + 438 pp. $35.
Review 20 July 2015
book cover The Geneaology of Decadence?
Eamon Moynihan
Soumission by Michel Houellebecq. Paris: Flammarion, 2015. Hardcover, 300 pages, $50.
Review 19 July 2015
book cover A Tale of Contagious Enthusiasm
Gene Callahan
How Dante Can Save Your Life: The Life-Changing Wisdom of History’s Greatest Poem. by Rod Dreher. Regan Arts, 2015. Hardcover, 300 pages. $30.
Interview 12 July 2015
Piers Paul Read Dangers to the Soul
an interview by Karl Schmude
A conversation with novelist Piers Paul Read on his work, the state of the Catholic novel, the nature of the family, and more.
Review 12 July 2015
book cover Look Under the Turnip
Craig Bernthal
The Turnip Princess and Other Newly Discovered Fairy Tales by Franz Xaver Schönwerth, translated with an introduction and commentary by Maria Tatar. Penguin Classics, 2015. Paperback, 288 pages, $17.
Review 5 July 2015
book cover The Final Artistic Taboo
Mark Anthony Signorelli
After the End of Art: Contemporary Art and the Pale of History by Arthur Danto. Princeton University Press, 1997, 2014. Paperback, 272 pages, $20.
Review 5 July 2015
book cover From the Trenches to the Shire
Matthew H. Young
A Hobbit, a Wardrobe, and a Great War: How J.R.R. Tolkien and C. S. Lewis Rediscovered Faith, Friendship, & Heroism in the Cataclysm of 1914–1918. by Joseph Loconte. Thomas Nelson, 2015. Hardcover, 244 pages, $25.
Books in Little 5 July 2015
book cover Books in Little
Alexis Carra
Brief reviews of a new translation of Albert Camus’s Christian Metaphysics and Neoplatonism and James Matthew Wilson’s monograph on the poet Timothy Steele.
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.

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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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