Essay 22 April 2012
Adrienne Rich and an Assessment of Contemporary American Poetry
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
The Poetry of Thought: From Hellenism to Celan by George Steiner. New Directions, 2012. 224 pages, $25.
Review 15 April 2012
The Sexual Revolution and the Will to Disbelieve
Adam and Eve After the Pill: Paradoxes of the Sexual Revolution
by Mary Eberstadt.
Ignatius Press (San Francisco), 2012.
175 pages, $20.
Best of the Bookman 15 April 2012
Uncanny Tales of the Moral Imagination
The Princess of All Lands by Russell Kirk. Arkham House Publishers, Sauk City, Wisconsin 53583. 1979. 238 pages. $8.95.
[The stories from this volume are included in Ancestral Shadows (Eerdmans 2004), Kirk’s collected ghostly tales. —Ed.]
Review 8 April 2012
Grounding the Life of the Mind
Blue Collar Intellectuals: When the Enlightened and the Everyman Elevated America
by Daniel J. Flynn.
ISI Books (Wilmington, DE), 2011.
187 pp., $28 cloth
Review 1 April 2012
A Thundering Paradox of a Life
George F. Kennan: An American Life
by John Lewis Gaddis.
New York: The Penguin Press. 2011. 784 pp. $40.
Review 25 March 2012
Man, Proud Man
Liberalism: A Counter-History
by Domenico Losurdo, translated by Gregory Elliott.
London and New York: Verso Books, 2011.
Pages viii+375. $35.
On Essays and Letters 25 March 2012
On Being a Basel Professor
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Review 18 March 2012
Defining the Middle East
The Coming Revolution: Struggle for Freedom in the Middle East.
By Walid Phares.
Threshold Editions, 2010.
Cloth, 400 pages, $26
Best of the Bookman 18 March 2012
The Art of Intimacy
The Literary Correspondence of Donald Davidson and Allen Tate
edited by John Tyree Fain and Thomas Daniel Young. Athens, Ga.: University of Georgia Press, 1974. $15.00
Review 11 March 2012
Undoing the Ties that Bind
Coming Apart: The State of White America, 1960–2010
by Charles Murray.
New York: Crown Forum, 2012, 416 pp., hardcover, $27.
Best of the Bookman 11 March 2012
What Holds America Together?
The Roots of American Order by Russell Kirk. La Salle, Illinois: Open Court Publishing Company, 1974. [Revised edition: ISI 2003, 534 pages]
Review 4 March 2012
Defending the Humane Tradition
The Humane Vision of Wendell Berry,
edited by Mark T. Mitchell and Nathan Schlueter.
ISI Books, 2011.
Cloth, 336 pages, $30.
Best of the Bookman 4 March 2012
The Private World of Unamuno
An Historical Note and Commentary.
The Private World in Selected Works of Miguel de Unamuno, in seven volumes. Translated by Anthony Kerrigan; edited and annotated by Anthony Kerrigan and Martin Nozick. Bollingen Series; Princeton University Press, 1967–1985.
A “conservative character [is] suspicious of doctrinaire alteration, respectful toward history, preferring variety over uniformity, acknowledging a moral order composed of human persons, not of mere political and economic atoms subservient to the state.”
Russell Kirk, A Program for Conservatives, 1954
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