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Best of the Bookman 23 September 2012
Natural Law or Nihilism?
M. D. Aeschliman
The Wise Men Know What Wicked Things Are Written on the Sky by Russell Kirk. Regnery Gateway (1987), 132 pp.
Review 16 September 2012
book cover Endless Game of Thrones
Craig Bernthal
A Song of Ice and Fire by George R. R. Martin (5 of 7 planned volumes). Bantam, 1996–2012. Paper, 5232 pages, $75.
Best of the Bookman 16 September 2012
Dos Passos: A Reassessment
Richard F. Hill
In this “Best of the Bookman” essay from 1970, novelist Richard Hill offers a reappraisal of the writings of John Dos Passos, whose work always returns to “the dream of the little man, the small farmer and worker who wants to be free from centralization and tyranny.”
Review 16 September 2012
book cover Books in Little
Gerald J. Russello
Brief reviews of books on distributism and Russell Kirk.
Interview 9 September 2012
book cover Cliché on a Hill
an interview by Gerald J. Russello
A conversation with Richard M. Gamble, author of In Search of the City on a Hill.
On Essays and Letters 9 September 2012
Our Rascally World
James V. Schall, S.J.
Father Schall reflects on a letter from the great satirist Jonathan Swift to the poet Alexander Pope.
Essay 27 August 2012
book cover To College Students Considering a Course in American Poetry
Eugene Schlanger
The Wall Street poet advises students, before registering for a class on poetry, to browse the poems of the last decade. We live in a period of strife—to say the least. Surely some contemporary American poet has observed something memorable in verse?
Symposium 27 August 2012
The Bookman goes back to school
Bookman contributors
The University Bookman has long had a focus on education. Indeed, the archive reveals numerous reviews of college and high-school textbooks, and of course our founder Russell Kirk wrote often on education. As we approach the beginning of another school year, we asked some of our contributors for their advice to students coming back this fall on how to make the best of their education.
Review 19 August 2012
book cover Glass Houses
A. W. R. Hawkins
At War with the Word: Literary Theory and Liberal Education by R. V. Young. ISI Books, 1999, 2004. 211 pages.
Best of the Bookman 19 August 2012
book cover The Declaration as the Constitution
Kevin R. Gutzman
Original Intent and the Framers of the Constitution: A Disputed Question by Harry V. Jaffa. Regnery Gateway, 1994, 386 pp., $24 hardcover.
Review 12 August 2012
book cover Resisting Ideology’s Reductionism
Richard M. Gamble
The New Jacobinism: America as Revolutionary State (2d expanded ed.) by Claes G. Ryn. National Humanities Institute, 2011, 163 pp., paper, $15.
Best of the Bookman 12 August 2012
book cover An American Classic
Claes G. Ryn
Democracy and Leadership by Irving Babbitt. Foreword by Russell Kirk, Liberty Classics, 1979, 390 pp.
Essay 5 August 2012
Joseph Mitchell and the Free Life
Dermot Quinn
The New Yorker’s Joseph Mitchell wrote with an almost Burkean enthusiasm for the neighborhoods, physical and metaphysical, of his city, the communities in which lived an array of eccentrics, oddballs, misfits, lonely, gifted, strange, surly, lovable people that could not be found so concentratedly in any other city in the world.
Best of the Bookman 5 August 2012
book cover The Architecture of a Man’s Time
Daniel James Sundahl
Essays: Personal and Impersonal, by Milton Hindus. Black Sparrow Press, 1988 191 pp., paper, $10.00.

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The twentieth-century conservative is concerned, first of all, with the regeneration of the spirit and character—with the perennial problem of the inner order of the soul, the restoration of the ethical understanding, and the religious sanction upon which any life worth living is founded. This is conservatism at the highest.

Russell Kirk


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