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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.
Best of the Bookman 22 May 2011
The Big Life of Brownson
Robert Emmet Moffit
Orestes A. Brownson: A Definitive Biography by Thomas R. Ryan, C.PP.S. Huntington, Indiana: Our Sunday Visitor Press, 1976, 872 pages. ISBN 0879738847.
Review 18 May 2011
book cover You Have the Body
Gerald J. Russello
Habeas Corpus. From England to Empire by Paul D. Halliday. (Harvard University Press, 2010, 502 pp., $39.95)
Review 15 May 2011
book cover Two Cold Warriors
Francis P. Sempa
The Hawk and the Dove: Paul Nitze, George Kennan, and the History of the Cold War by Nicholas Thompson. Henry Holt and Company, 2009, ISBN: 978-0-8050-8142-8, pp. 403, $27.50
Best of the Bookman 15 May 2011
The Farewell Address Revisited
John Bowling
In this “Best of the Bookman” essay from 1982, Russell Kirk's friend John Bowling takes a careful look at George Washington's Farewell Address, offering a helpful summary of its concerns and a discussion of its origins and importance.
Essay 8 May 2011
book cover Poetry and the Common Language
Mark Anthony Signorelli
Signorelli argues that contemporary poetry's quest for natural, colloquial expression is fundamentally misdirected. Poetry truly is an "artificial" mode of narrative expression, which is necessary to rise above the debased rhetoric of the modern age. We do not stand in need of a return to nature; we need a return to art.
Best of the Bookman 8 May 2011
Christian Studies and the Liberal Arts College
Gerhart Niemeyer
This lecture from 1980 was given at the launch of the Christian Studies Institute at Hillsdale College. Niemeyer makes a strong case for the central place of belief, and more specifically of Christianity, in a liberal arts education. “A thinking person needs purpose and insight. If his liberal education has not prepared his mind for those ultimate questions, it has totally failed him.”

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