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Best of the Bookman 30 September 2012
Notes on the Cultural Revolution
Claes G. Ryn
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
book cover Omnipotence Is Provisional
an interview by JP O’Malley
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
book cover The Anatomy of the Good
David J. Davis
Putting on Virtue: The Legacy of the Splendid Vices by Jennifer A. Herdt. University of Chicago Press, [2008] 2012. Paper, 467 pages, $35.
Best of the Bookman 23 September 2012
Natural Law or Nihilism?
M. D. Aeschliman
The Wise Men Know What Wicked Things Are Written on the Sky by Russell Kirk. Regnery Gateway (1987), 132 pp.
Review 16 September 2012
book cover Endless Game of Thrones
Craig Bernthal
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
Richard F. Hill
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
book cover Books in Little
Gerald J. Russello
Brief reviews of books on distributism and Russell Kirk.
Interview 9 September 2012
book cover Cliché on a Hill
an interview by Gerald J. Russello
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
James V. Schall, S.J.
Father Schall reflects on a letter from the great satirist Jonathan Swift to the poet Alexander Pope.
Essay 27 August 2012
book cover To College Students Considering a Course in American Poetry
Eugene Schlanger
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
Bookman contributors
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.
Review 19 August 2012
book cover Glass Houses
A. W. R. Hawkins
At War with the Word: Literary Theory and Liberal Education by R. V. Young. ISI Books, 1999, 2004. 211 pages.
Best of the Bookman 19 August 2012
book cover The Declaration as the Constitution
Kevin R. Gutzman
Original Intent and the Framers of the Constitution: A Disputed Question by Harry V. Jaffa. Regnery Gateway, 1994, 386 pp., $24 hardcover.

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Real progress consists in the movement of mankind toward the understanding of norms, and toward conformity to norms. Real decadence consists in the movement of mankind away from the understanding of norms, and away from obedience to norms.

Russell Kirk, Enemies of the Permanent Things, 1969


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