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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.”
Review 2 May 2011
book cover Divine Faith, Human Faith
David Paul Deavel
John Henry Newman: A View of Catholic Faith for the New Millennium by John R. Connolly. Lanham, Md.: Rowman and Littlefield, 2005, pp. xviii+162. cloth $90; paper: $30.
Essay 1 May 2011
book cover Newman’s ‘Idea’ and the Crisis of the Secular University
Craig Bernthal
Craig Bernthal of California State University, Fresno, looks candidly at the current state of university education in light of John Henry Newman's enduring work, The Idea of the University. As Newman well knew, education has its own built in set of laws. The consequences for evading these laws may not long be avoided.
Best of the Bookman 1 May 2011
Resisting the Imperial Academy
Edward E. Ericson, Jr.
“To read Panichas is to be reminded what a noble thing conservatism is—and how little of it is promoted by most of the politicos who fly under its flag.”
Review 24 April 2011
book cover A Bold Music
Thomas F. Bertonneau
The Great American Symphony: Music, the Depression, and War by Nicholas Tawa (Indiana University Press, 2009), 256 pages, $25.
Best of the Bookman 24 April 2011
Discerning of Spirits
George A. Panichas
In this review from our archives, the late Dr. Panichas reviews a book on the novels of Fyodor Dostoevsky and addresses reasons the great writer is misunderstood in the modern age.
Review 17 April 2011
book cover Tyranny of the Herd
Paul Beston
Bernard Iddings Bell’s Crowd Culture turned a withering eye on American conformity.
Best of the Bookman 17 April 2011
book cover America’s Fin de Siècle: End of a Century or a Civilization?
Gleaves Whitney
Is our culture terminally decadent? In this “Best of the Bookman” essay from 1990, Gleaves Whitney looks at a collection of essays by Jacques Barzun on the status of American culture. It seems to have held up well in the twenty-plus years since its release.
Interview 10 April 2011
book cover A Return to Reason
an interview by Gerald J. Russello
A conversation with Robert Royal, president of the Faith & Reason Institute in Washington D.C. and author of The God That Did Not Fail on the place of the Catholic and Catholic teaching in American public life.
Best of the Bookman 10 April 2011
The Enduring Brownson
Peter J. Stanlis
In this “Best of the Bookman” essay from 1993, Peter J. Stanlis looks at a book on the nineteenth century thinker Orestes Brownson and his conception of “the American Spirit.”
Editorial 3 April 2011
Editor’s Note: Taking Stock
Review 3 April 2011
book cover Santayana’s Liberty
David A. Dilworth
The Genteel Tradition in American Philosophy and Character and Opinion in the United States by George Santayana, edited by James Seaton. Yale University Press, 2009. Paper, 240 pp. $16.

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Imagination it is that shapes society—moral imagination, or idyllic imagination, or diabolic imagination.

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