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Fall 2012

Contents

Editor’s Note: A Forward-Thinking Conservatism

Review 23 September 2012
book cover The Anatomy of the Good
a review by David J. Davis
Putting on Virtue: The Legacy of the Splendid Vices by Jennifer A. Herdt. University of Chicago Press, [2008] 2012. Paper, 467 pages, $35.
Interview 24 September 2012
book cover Omnipotence Is Provisional
an interview by JP O’Malley
In a conversation with JP O’Malley, London-based novelist Will Self talks about why he doesn’t see himself as a British writer, how his latest novel is a tribute to James Joyce’s Ulysses, and why he considers every book he writes a failure.
Review 30 September 2012
book cover A Global Life in Ideas
a review by Francis P. Sempa
Political Woman: The Big Little Life of Jeane Kirkpatrick by Peter Collier. New York: Encounter Books, 2012. 241 pp. $26.
Review 7 October 2012
book cover Enoch Powell—Right from the start?
a review by Derek Turner
Enoch at 100 Edited by Greville Howard. London: Biteback, 2012, hardback, 320pp., £25.
Review 14 October 2012
book cover Faith and Twelve Presidents
a review by Gary Scott Smith
The Faiths of the Postwar Presidents: From Truman to Obama by David L. Holmes. University of Georgia Press, 2012 296 pages, $30.
Review 21 October 2012
book cover Glory and Indignity
a review by Allen Mendenhall
John Randolph of Roanoke by David Johnson. Baton Rouge: Louisiana State University Press, 2012 Cloth, 352 pages, $45.
Review 31 October 2012
The Living, the Dead, and the Living Dead
a review by Ashlee L. Cowles
Lord of the Hollow Dark by Russell Kirk. St. Martin’s Press, 1979.
Review 4 November 2012
book cover The Gifts of the Present
a review by James E. Person Jr.
Berkeley-Paris Express: A Lively Memoir of Studying Classical Music and Painting by Webster Young. Santa Fe, N.M.: Editions D’Auteurs, 2012, 347 pages, $14.50; Kindle Edition, $9.95.
Essay 5 November 2012
book cover Jacques Barzun, 1907–2012
by Mark Malvasi
“Neither an unthinking optimist nor a congenital pessimist, Barzun took the long view that only history can provide.”
Review 11 November 2012
book cover Pure Narrative Pleasure
a review by Craig Bernthal
Fairy Tales from the Brothers Grimm: A New English Version by Philip Pullman. Viking Adult, 2012, Cloth, 400 pages, $28.
Review 18 November 2012
book cover A Candle in the Darkness
a review by Stephen B. Presser
Reading Law: The Interpretation of Legal Texts by Antonin Scalia and Bryan A. Garner. Thomson/West (St. Paul), 2012608 pp., $49.95, cloth.
Interview 25 November 2012
Photo: Kyle Cassidy, Wikimedia A Road Not Taken
an interview by Gerald J. Russello
In the aftermath of the 2012 election, the Bookman interviews Michael Brendan Dougherty, national correspondent for The American Conservative, on the thinking and likely influence of Patrick J. Buchanan and his New Majority—and the prospects for Republicans to interrupt current trends by reaching out to African-Americans and urban voters.
Review 2 December 2012
book cover Back to the Sources, Almost
a review by John Byron Kuhner
Of Farming and Classics: A Memoir by David Grene. University of Chicago Press, 2006, cloth, 184 pages, $35.
Interview 2 December 2012
image Having It Both Ways
an interview by JP O’Malley
Novelist and poet James Lasdun speaks with the Bookman about why he feels violence is an important theme to be explored in poetry, how Chekhov modernized him as a writer, and why an industrial wasteland in New Jersey inspired the milieu for one of his novels.
Essay 9 December 2012
book cover Ten Conservative Books Revisited
by Gerald J. Russello
In 1986, Russell Kirk gave a lecture on Ten Conservative Books. Bookman editor Gerald Russello returns to the theme 25 years on with another ten recommendations.
Essay 9 December 2012
book cover The State of American Liberal Education These Days
by Peter Augustine Lawler
Peter Augustine Lawler says that the requirements of being middle class—of living in a meritocracy based on productivity—gradually destroys liberal education in America, but two countercultures continue to preserve serious education that teaches people to live well.
On Essays and Letters 16 December 2012
book cover The Real Charm of Oxford
by James V. Schall, S.J.
Father Schall reflects on letters of the English Dominican Bede Jarrett.
Review 16 December 2012
book cover Conversation in Collapse
a review by Eve Tushnet
The Conversation, Directed by Francis Ford Coppola. American Zoetrope / Paramount, 1974. 113 minutes.

A culture is perennially in need of renewal. A culture does not survive and prosper merely by being taken for granted; active defense is always required, and imaginative growth, too.

Russell Kirk

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