Review 10 July 2011
Individual and Community—and God
The Difference God Makes: A Catholic Vision of Faith, Communion, and Culture by Francis Cardinal George, O.M.I. New York: Crossroad Publishing Company, 2009.
Best of the Bookman 10 July 2011
Habit and Being in Burke
This classic essay from 1963 introduces an important theme in the political thought of Edmund Burke. We need to cultivate habit because habit performs complex tasks with greater ease than does the conscious reason.
Review 3 July 2011
Ancient Virtues in a Postmodern World
Truth, Beauty, and Goodness Reframed: Educating for the Virtues in the Twenty-First Century by Howard Gardner. Basic Books, 2011, 244 pp., $26.
Best of the Bookman 3 July 2011
The Rescue of Culture
The Intemperate Professor, and Other Cultural Splenetics by Russell Kirk. Baton Rouge: Louisiana State University Press, 1965 [revised edition: Sherwood Sugden & Co., 1988]. 163 pp.
On Essays and Letters 26 June 2011
Memories of Johnson
Father Schall reflects on a collection of the writings and sayings—and conversations of Samuel Johnson. He suggests that “truth ultimately exists in conversation, not in books.”
Best of the Bookman 26 June 2011
The Older Rhetoric Revisited: Hugh Blair and the Public Virtue of Style
Lectures on Rhetoric and Belles Lettres, by Hugh Blair. Edited with a Critical Introduction by Harold F. Harding. Carbondale: Southern Illinois University Press, 1965. Two Vols., 496 and 566 pp.
Review 19 June 2011
When free trade is not fair exchange
How the West Was Lost: Fifty Years of Economic Folly—and the Stark Choices Ahead
by Dambisa Moyo.
London: Allen Lane, 2011, paper, 226 pages
Best of the Bookman 19 June 2011
The Deviant University
This 1969 essay, written during the educational uprisings of the time, is probably not the response to the student radicals expected from a conservative writer. And his critique of the modern university system still hits home today.
Review 12 June 2011
The Dignity Conspiracy and its Strange Hold on Our Souls
Modern and American Dignity: Who We Are as Persons, and What That Means for Our Future by Peter Augustine Lawler (ISI Books, 2010).
Best of the Bookman 12 June 2011
Education as Part of America’s Secular Religion
This essay from one of the very first numbers of the University Bookman in 1960 offers a fascinating mix of timeless reflection on the role of education and a window into the state of higher education half a decade ago.
Review 5 June 2011
Pointless Protest of American Poetry
Beautiful & Pointless: A Guide to Modern Poetry
by David Orr.
HarperCollins Publishers (New York, NY), 2011, xviii + 200 pp., $25.99
Review 5 June 2011
From Materialism to Meaning
The Southern Critics: An Anthology
edited by Glen Arbery.
Wilmington, DE: ISI Press, 2010,
384 pp. paper, $22
The Classics Revisited 29 May 2011
Conservation as a Conservative Concern
The Unsettling of America: Culture & Agriculture, 3rd edition, by Wendell Berry (Sierra Club Books, 1996; originally published in 1977), 234 pages.
Best of the Bookman 29 May 2011
Max Lerner’s America
In this “Best of the Bookman” essay, Russell Kirk amuses his readers with an acerbic review of a pretentious book, the 1957 third edition of Max Lerner’s America as a Civilization. Kirk’s critiques of a (literal) textbook case of liberalism are still worth serious reflection.
A poor man, if he has dignity, honesty, the respect of his neighbors, a realization of his duties, a love of the wisdom of his ancestors, and possibly some taste for knowledge or beauty, is rich in the unbought grace of life.
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