Review 20 May 2012
Longshoreman, Philosopher, Mystery
Eric Hoffer: The Longshoreman Philosopher
by Tom Bethell.
Hoover Institution Press, 2012.
Hardcover, 328 pages, $30.
Best of the Bookman 20 May 2012
A Philosopher of Ordinary Language
Wittgenstein: From Mysticism to Ordinary Language by Russell Nieli. SUNY Press 1987, 261 pp., $32 paper.
Review 13 May 2012
Christopher Lasch, Conservative?
Hope in a Scattering Time: A Life of Christopher Lasch
by Eric Miller.
Cloth, 394 pages, $32.
Best of the Bookman 13 May 2012
The Household Gods of Freedom
John Randolph of Roanoke: A Study in American Politics by Russell Kirk. Third ed., with select letters & speeches. Indianapolis: Liberty Fund, 1978. [Fourth edition, 1997, cloth $24, paper $14.50.]
Review 6 May 2012
The Kind of Man Modernity Can Afford
Adventures of an Accidental Sociologist: How to Explain the World Without Becoming a Bore
by Peter L. Berger.
Prometheus Books, 2011, 264pp, hardcover, $26.
Best of the Bookman 6 May 2012
What Is Happening to History?
In this 1979 essay, the historian looks at the state of his field. He argues that “Popular interest in history preceded the teaching of history in schools; and there are many reasons to believe that it will survive it too.”
Review 1 May 2012
Socratic and Secular Irony
A Case for Irony by Jonathan Lear. Harvard University Press, 2011, 210 pages, $30.
Review 29 April 2012
On the Road to Emmaus: The Catholic Dialogue with America and Modernity by Glenn W. Olsen. The Catholic University of America Press, 2012. 303 pp., $70.
Best of the Bookman 29 April 2012
Belloc’s Social Thought
Hilaire Belloc, Edwardian Radical by John P. McCarthy. Liberty Press, 1978
[IHS Press, 2009, 373 pages.]
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
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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