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On Essays and Letters 26 January 2014
book cover On Having Faces
James V. Schall, S. J.
Father Schall reflects on Lewis’s novel and the mystery—and adventure—of knowing and being known.
Essay 19 January 2014
book cover Happiness or Joy?
Pedro Blas González
Talking about happiness ad nauseam, as we do about everything else in the West today, does not make one happy.
Review 19 January 2014
book cover Gottfried Responds
Paul Edward Gottfried
Paul Gottfried responds to Daniel McCarthy’s review of his book on Leo Strauss.
Best of the Bookman 19 January 2014
image Unamuno: No Evangelist, No Secularist
Thomas Howard
The Agony of Christianity by Miguel de Unamuno. Translated by Anthony Kerrigan; annotated by Anthony Kerrigan and Martin Nozick. Vol. 5 in the Bollingen works of Unamuno. Princeton University Press, 1974. $11.00.
Review 12 January 2014
book cover A Fair-Minded Polemic
Daniel McCarthy
Leo Strauss and the Conservative Movement in America: A Critical Appraisal by Paul Edward Gottfried. Cambridge, 2013. Paperback, 194 pages, $27.
Best of the Bookman 12 January 2014
Liberal Impartiality
Francis Canavan, S.J.
The Burke-Paine Controversy: Texts and Criticism, edited by Ray B. Browne. Harcourt, Brace & World, Inc., 1963. 230 pp.
Interview 5 January 2014
image It’s a Bird! It’s a Plane! It’s J. Alfred Prufrock!
an interview by Micah Mattix
The editor of the book and ideas newsletter Prufrock interviews artist Julian Peters, who is creating a comic book adaptation of T. S. Eliot’s famous poem.
Best of the Bookman 5 January 2014
A Dark Prospect
M. E. Bradford
The Future of Literature, by Arther S. Trace Jr. New York: Phaedra Publishers, Inc., 1972.
Review 29 December 2013
book cover A Dark Path to Recovery
Gladden J. Pappin
The Loss and Recovery of Truth: Selected Writings by Gerhart Niemeyer. Edited by Michael Henry. St. Augustine’s Press, 2013. Hardcover, 648 pages, $60.
Best of the Bookman 29 December 2013
These Marks of Remembrance
M. E. Bradford
Collected Letters of John Randolph of Roanoke to Dr. John Brockenbrough, 1812–1833. Edited by Kenneth Shorey, with a foreword by Russell Kirk. Transaction Books, 1988. Hardcover, 192 pages [e-text].
Essay 23 December 2013
book cover ‘As You Wish’
Jordan J. Ballor
On the fortieth anniversary of The Princess Bride, Jordan Ballor looks at some of the story’s enduring themes.
Symposium 19 December 2013
book cover Reading Recommendations for 2014
Bookman Contributors
Contributors and friends of the Bookman share books of note from the past year’s reading in many different genres.
Essay 15 December 2013
book cover Russell Kirk as Historian
Bruce P. Frohnen
Frohnen looks at Kirk’s work as a historian, suggesting that it is his ability to connect us with a particular thread in history, rather than to any abstract theme, that is worth celebrating. A version of this essay was given at the Hauenstein Center at Grand Valley State University at a conference on The Conservative Mind.
Best of the Bookman 15 December 2013
image Leviathan’s Predictable Servants
M. E. Bradford
The Burden of Time: The Fugitives and Agrarians by John L. Stewart. Princeton University Press, 1965. Hardcover, 566 pages.

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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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