Best of the Bookman 7 October 2012
Rediscovering a Neglected Conservative Mind
Liberty, Equality, Fraternity, by James Fitzjames Stephen. Edited by Stuart D. Warner. Liberty Fund, Inc., 1993 xxix + 270 pp., $19.50 cloth; $7.50, paper.
Review 30 September 2012
A Global Life in Ideas
Political Woman: The Big Little Life of Jeane Kirkpatrick
by Peter Collier.
New York: Encounter Books, 2012.
241 pp. $26.
Best of the Bookman 30 September 2012
Notes on the Cultural Revolution
In this 1970 essay, the future professor makes a classic argument that scientism is a true cultural revolution, an attempt to deny our true humanity.
Editorial 27 September 2012
Bookman editor Gerald J. Russello joins the conversation with David Brooks and Rod Dreher on the nature of today’s conservatism and the legacy of Russell Kirk.
- Editor’s Note: A Forward-Thinking Conservatism
Interview 24 September 2012
Omnipotence Is Provisional
an interview by
In a conversation with JP O’Malley, London-based novelist Will Self talks about why he doesn’t see himself as a British writer, how his latest novel is a tribute to James Joyce’s Ulysses, and why he considers every book he writes a failure.
Review 23 September 2012
The Anatomy of the Good
Putting on Virtue: The Legacy of the Splendid Vices
by Jennifer A. Herdt.
University of Chicago Press,  2012.
Paper, 467 pages, $35.
Best of the Bookman 23 September 2012
Natural Law or Nihilism?
The Wise Men Know What Wicked Things Are Written on the Sky by Russell Kirk. Regnery Gateway (1987), 132 pp.
Review 16 September 2012
Endless Game of Thrones
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
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
Books in Little
Brief reviews of books on distributism and Russell Kirk.
Interview 9 September 2012
Cliché on a Hill
an interview by
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
Father Schall reflects on a letter from the great satirist Jonathan Swift to the poet Alexander Pope.
Essay 27 August 2012
To College Students Considering a Course in American Poetry
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
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.
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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