Essay 21 February 2013
Marital Distress and the 2012 T. S. Eliot Poetry Prize
Sharon Olds’s “marital distress poetry” was awarded the 2012 T. S. Eliot Prize. The Wall Street Poet looks for some cultural or poetic significance in Olds’s verse.
Review 17 February 2013
(The Future of) Liberalism in Our Disordered Age
Post-Liberalism: The Death of a Dream
by Melvyn L. Fein.
Transaction Press, 2012.
Cloth, 359 pages, $40.
Interview 17 February 2013
Prog Rock and the Permanent Things: More with Bradley Birzer
an interview by
Part Two of a two-part interview with Bradley Birzer, who holds the Russell Amos Kirk Chair of American Studies at Hillsdale College. Birzer says the conservative task privileges preserving and sanctifying culture over politics. He also discusses Augustine, Christian Humanism, and progressive rock.
Interview 10 February 2013
The Libertarian Who Loves Kirk: Bradley Birzer on the Permanent Things
an interview by
Part One of a two-part interview with Bradley Birzer, who holds the Russell Amos Kirk Chair of American Studies at Hillsdale College. Birzer talks about his personal and intellectual influences and what he finds fascinating about Russell Kirk.
Review 10 February 2013
Think Local, Act Local
How to Think Seriously About the Planet: The Case for an Environmental Conservatism by Roger Scruton. Oxford University Press, 2012.
Hardcover, 464 pages, $30.
Review 3 February 2013
A Church of One
Roger Williams and the Creation of the American Soul: Church, State, and the Birth of Liberty
by John M. Barry.
Cloth, 480 pages, $35.
Best of the Bookman 3 February 2013
An Exercise in Polemic
The Long Affair: Thomas Jefferson and the French Revolution, 1785–1800, by Conor Cruise O’Brien. University of Chicago Press, 1996, 367 pp., $30 cloth.
Review 27 January 2013
Hope or Despair? Roger Kimball and the Future of Culture
The Fortunes of Permanence: Culture and Anarchy in an Age of Amnesia
by Roger Kimball.
St. Augustine’s Press, 2012.
Hardcover, 360 pp., $35.
Best of the Bookman 27 January 2013
Reflections on the Fundamental Law
The Conservative Constitution, by Russell Kirk. Regnery Gateway, 1990. Hardcover, 241 pp., $22.95 (as reviewed).
Revised and expanded as Rights and Duties, with an introduction by Russell Hittinger (Spence, 1997).
Review 20 January 2013
The Persistence of History
After Tocqueville: The Promise and Failure of Democracy
by Chilton Williamson, Jr.
ISI Books, 2012
Hardcover, 288 pages, $28
Best of the Bookman 20 January 2013
A Blinkered Life of Burke
The Great Melody: A Thematic Biography and Commented Anthology of Edmund Burke, by Conor Cruise O’Brien. University of Chicago Press, 1992.Paper 692 pp., $34.95.
Review 13 January 2013
Testing the Metaphor
Extreme Metaphors: Selected Interviews with J. G. Ballard, 1967–2008,
Edited by Simon Sellars and Dan O’Hara.
Fourth Estate, 2012.
Hardcover, 304 pages, £25.
Best of the Bookman 13 January 2013
The Enduring Edmund Burke, edited by Ian Crowe. Intercollegiate Studies Institute, 1997.
221pp., $25 cloth.
Review 6 January 2013
The Poetics of Evil: Toward an Aesthetic Theodicy by Philip Tallon. New York: Oxford University Press, 2012. Cloth, 266 pages, $74.
The ... conservative is concerned, first of all, for the regeneration of spirit and character—with the perennial problem of the inner order of the soul, the restoration of the ethical understanding, and the religious sanction upon which any life worth living is founded. This is conservatism at its highest.
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