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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.
Review 8 December 2013
book cover Can Rationalism Make it in the Long Run?
Corey Abel
Oakeshott on Rome and America by Gene Callahan Charlottesville: Imprint Academic, 2012 Hardcover, 250 pages $50. Paperback, 200 pages, $40.
Review 8 December 2013
book cover Rescuing Rockwell
Timothy S. Goeglein
American Mirror: The Life and Art of Norman Rockwell by Deborah Solomon. Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2013. Hardcover, 512 pages, $28.
Essay 1 December 2013
book cover An Aesthetic Vision on West 43rd Street
Eugene Schlanger
An Evening with the Poet C. P. Cavafy
Review 24 November 2013
book cover Straussians, Founders, and the Faith
Paul Gottfried
Leo Strauss and Anglo-American Democracy: A Conservative Critique by Grant Havers. Northern Illinois University Press, 2013. Hardcover, 256 pp., $37.
Review 17 November 2013
book cover Better Average Than Unequal
Gene Callahan
Average Is Over: Powering America Beyond the Age of the Great Stagnation by Tyler Cowen. New York, NY: Dutton, 2013. Hardcover, 290 pages, $26.95.
On Essays and Letters 15 November 2013
book cover On W. C. Fields’s Tombstone
James V. Schall, S. J.
Father Schall reflects on a chapter about the great W. C. Fields and the mysterious nature of humor.
Review 10 November 2013
book cover Contradictions and the Burkean … Lovecraft?
Kenneth Hite
The Classic Horror Stories by H. P. Lovecraft, edited by Roger Luckhurst. Oxford University Press, 2013. Hardcover, xxxvi + 487 pages, $25.
Review 6 November 2013
book cover Capital Vices and Commercial Virtues
Jordan J. Ballor
Capital: A novel by John Lanchester. New York: W. W. Norton & Co., 2012. Hardcover, 527 pages, $27.
Review 3 November 2013
image ‘Only Power Restrains Power’
Francis P. Sempa
James Burnham’s The Machiavellians at Seventy.
Review 27 October 2013
book cover Forget the Enlightenment—Focus on the Family
A. W. R. Hawkins
How the West Really Lost God by Mary Eberstadt. Templeton Press, 2013. Hardcover, 268 pages, $21.
Essay 20 October 2013
book cover The Voice of Michael Oakeshott in the Conversation of Conservatism
Wilfred M. McClay
A paper presented to the biennial meeting of the Michael Oakeshott Association, Colorado College, Colorado Springs, Colorado, September 28, 2013.

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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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