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Terry Castle: The Anti-Paglia
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Best of the Bookman 26 July 2015
The Puritan Society: Toward Pluralism
The Last American Puritan: The Life of Increase Mather
by Michael G. Hall.
Wesleyan University Press, 1988.
xv + 438 pp. $35.
Review 20 July 2015
The Geneaology of Decadence?
by Michel Houellebecq.
Paris: Flammarion, 2015.
Hardcover, 300 pages, $50.
Review 19 July 2015
A Tale of Contagious Enthusiasm
How Dante Can Save Your Life: The Life-Changing Wisdom of History’s Greatest Poem. by Rod Dreher. Regan Arts, 2015. Hardcover, 300 pages. $30.
Interview 12 July 2015
Dangers to the Soul
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A conversation with novelist Piers Paul Read on his work, the state of the Catholic novel, the nature of the family, and more.
Review 12 July 2015
Look Under the Turnip
The Turnip Princess and Other Newly Discovered Fairy Tales by Franz Xaver Schönwerth, translated with an introduction and commentary by Maria Tatar.
Penguin Classics, 2015.
Paperback, 288 pages, $17.
Review 5 July 2015
The Final Artistic Taboo
After the End of Art: Contemporary Art and the Pale of History
by Arthur Danto.
Princeton University Press, 1997, 2014.
Paperback, 272 pages, $20.
Review 5 July 2015
From the Trenches to the Shire
A Hobbit, a Wardrobe, and a Great War: How J.R.R. Tolkien and C. S. Lewis Rediscovered Faith, Friendship, & Heroism in the Cataclysm of 1914–1918. by Joseph Loconte. Thomas Nelson, 2015. Hardcover, 244 pages, $25.
Books in Little 5 July 2015
Books in Little
Brief reviews of a new translation of Albert Camus’s Christian Metaphysics and Neoplatonism and James Matthew Wilson’s monograph on the poet Timothy Steele.
On Letters and Essays 28 June 2015
‘Spoken with Sufficient Seriousness’
Father Schall reflects on the letters and essays of Blaise Pascal, the “infinite spaces,” and the light of truth.
Review 28 June 2015
Churchill Defends the Gallipoli Campaign
Sempa looks at Winston Churchill’s attempts to defend the strategy of the Gallipoli offensive in World War I—and his role in it—a century after the disastrous campaign cost a quarter of a million lives.
Review 21 June 2015
Pandaemonium: Ethnicity in International Politics
by Daniel Patrick Moynihan.
Oxford University Press, 1993.
Hardcover, 221 pages, $110.
Review 21 June 2015
Norman Lear, Conservative?
Even This I Get to Experience
by Norman Lear.
Penguin Press, 2014.
Hardcover, 448 pages, $33.
Review 14 June 2015
The Whig Theory of Christianity
Inventing the Individual: The Origins of Western Liberalism by Larry Siedentop.
Belknap/Harvard University Press, 2014.
Hardcover, 448 pages, $35.
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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