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On Essays and Letters 16 December 2012
book cover The Real Charm of Oxford
James V. Schall, S.J.
Father Schall reflects on letters of the English Dominican Bede Jarrett.
Essay 9 December 2012
book cover The State of American Liberal Education These Days
Peter Augustine Lawler
Peter Augustine Lawler says that the requirements of being middle class—of living in a meritocracy based on productivity—gradually destroys liberal education in America, but two countercultures continue to preserve serious education that teaches people to live well.
Essay 9 December 2012
book cover Ten Conservative Books Revisited
Gerald J. Russello
In 1986, Russell Kirk gave a lecture on Ten Conservative Books. Bookman editor Gerald Russello returns to the theme 25 years on with another ten recommendations.
Interview 2 December 2012
image Having It Both Ways
an interview by JP O’Malley
Novelist and poet James Lasdun speaks with the Bookman about why he feels violence is an important theme to be explored in poetry, how Chekhov modernized him as a writer, and why an industrial wasteland in New Jersey inspired the milieu for one of his novels.
Review 2 December 2012
book cover Back to the Sources, Almost
John Byron Kuhner
Of Farming and Classics: A Memoir by David Grene. University of Chicago Press, 2006, cloth, 184 pages, $35.
Interview 25 November 2012
Photo: Kyle Cassidy, Wikimedia A Road Not Taken
an interview by Gerald J. Russello
In the aftermath of the 2012 election, the Bookman interviews Michael Brendan Dougherty, national correspondent for The American Conservative, on the thinking and likely influence of Patrick J. Buchanan and his New Majority—and the prospects for Republicans to interrupt current trends by reaching out to African-Americans and urban voters.
Best of the Bookman 25 November 2012
book cover A Conservative Scholar’s Wisdom
George H. Nash
The Case for Conservatism by Francis Graham Wilson, with a new introduction by Russell Kirk. Transaction Publishers [1951, 1969, 1990, 2011], 74 pp., $20 paper.
Review 18 November 2012
book cover A Candle in the Darkness
Stephen B. Presser
Reading Law: The Interpretation of Legal Texts by Antonin Scalia and Bryan A. Garner. Thomson/West (St. Paul), 2012608 pp., $49.95, cloth.
Best of the Bookman 18 November 2012
book cover The Character of Our Constitution
Bruce Frohnen
Rights and Duties: Reflections on Our Conservative Constitution by Russell Kirk. Spence Publishing Company, 1997, 208 pp., $28 cloth.
Review 11 November 2012
book cover Pure Narrative Pleasure
Craig Bernthal
Fairy Tales from the Brothers Grimm: A New English Version by Philip Pullman. Viking Adult, 2012, Cloth, 400 pages, $28.
Best of the Bookman 11 November 2012
book cover Living Conservatism
Edward Ericson, Jr.
Virtue and the Promise of Conservatism: the Legacy of Burke and Tocqueville, by Bruce Frohnen. University Press of Kansas, 1993. Cloth, 264 pages, $25.
Essay 5 November 2012
book cover Jacques Barzun, 1907–2012
Mark Malvasi
“Neither an unthinking optimist nor a congenital pessimist, Barzun took the long view that only history can provide.”
Review 4 November 2012
book cover The Gifts of the Present
James E. Person Jr.
Berkeley-Paris Express: A Lively Memoir of Studying Classical Music and Painting by Webster Young. Santa Fe, N.M.: Editions D’Auteurs, 2012, 347 pages, $14.50; Kindle Edition, $9.95.
Best of the Bookman 4 November 2012
book cover The Unknown Hegel
W. Wesley McDonald
The Search for Historical Meaning: Hegel and the Postwar American Right by Paul Edward Gottfried. Dekalb, Illinois: Northern Illinois University Press, 1986, Revised edition 2010. Paper, $24.

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The moral imagination is the principal possession that man does not share with the beasts. It is man’s power to perceive ethical truth, abiding law, in the seeming chaos of many events. Without the moral imagination, man would live merely day to day, or rather moment to moment, as dogs do. It is the strange faculty—inexplicable if men are assumed to have an animal nature only—of discerning greatness, justice, and order, beyond the bars of appetite and self-interest.

Russell Kirk, Enemies of the Permanent Things, 1969

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