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Spring 2011

Contents

Editor’s Note: Taking Stock

Review 3 April 2011
book cover Santayana’s Liberty
a review by David A. Dilworth
The Genteel Tradition in American Philosophy and Character and Opinion in the United States by George Santayana, edited by James Seaton. Yale University Press, 2009. Paper, 240 pp. $16.
Interview 10 April 2011
book cover A Return to Reason
an interview by Gerald J. Russello
A conversation with Robert Royal, president of the Faith & Reason Institute in Washington D.C. and author of The God That Did Not Fail on the place of the Catholic and Catholic teaching in American public life.
Review 17 April 2011
book cover Tyranny of the Herd
a review by Paul Beston
Bernard Iddings Bell’s Crowd Culture turned a withering eye on American conformity.
Review 24 April 2011
book cover A Bold Music
a review by Thomas F. Bertonneau
The Great American Symphony: Music, the Depression, and War by Nicholas Tawa (Indiana University Press, 2009), 256 pages, $25.
Essay 1 May 2011
book cover Newman’s ‘Idea’ and the Crisis of the Secular University
by Craig Bernthal
Craig Bernthal of California State University, Fresno, looks candidly at the current state of university education in light of John Henry Newman's enduring work, The Idea of the University. As Newman well knew, education has its own built in set of laws. The consequences for evading these laws may not long be avoided.
Review 2 May 2011
book cover Divine Faith, Human Faith
a review by David Paul Deavel
John Henry Newman: A View of Catholic Faith for the New Millennium by John R. Connolly. Lanham, Md.: Rowman and Littlefield, 2005, pp. xviii+162. cloth $90; paper: $30.
Essay 8 May 2011
book cover Poetry and the Common Language
by Mark Anthony Signorelli
Signorelli argues that contemporary poetry's quest for natural, colloquial expression is fundamentally misdirected. Poetry truly is an "artificial" mode of narrative expression, which is necessary to rise above the debased rhetoric of the modern age. We do not stand in need of a return to nature; we need a return to art.
Review 15 May 2011
book cover Two Cold Warriors
a review by Francis P. Sempa
The Hawk and the Dove: Paul Nitze, George Kennan, and the History of the Cold War by Nicholas Thompson. Henry Holt and Company, 2009, ISBN: 978-0-8050-8142-8, pp. 403, $27.50
Review 18 May 2011
book cover You Have the Body
a review by Gerald J. Russello
Habeas Corpus. From England to Empire by Paul D. Halliday. (Harvard University Press, 2010, 502 pp., $39.95)
Interview 22 May 2011
book cover Conservatism, Journalism, and Pop Culture
an interview by Gerald J. Russello
A conversation with John J. Miller of National Review, soon to be heading the journalism program at Hillsdale College, and author, most recently, of The Big Scrum: How Teddy Roosevelt Saved Football.
The Classics Revisited 29 May 2011
book cover Conservation as a Conservative Concern
by James E. Person Jr.
The Unsettling of America: Culture & Agriculture, 3rd edition, by Wendell Berry (Sierra Club Books, 1996; originally published in 1977), 234 pages.
Review 5 June 2011
book cover From Materialism to Meaning
a review by Tobias J. Lanz
The Southern Critics: An Anthology edited by Glen Arbery. Wilmington, DE: ISI Press, 2010, 384 pp. paper, $22
Review 5 June 2011
book cover Pointless Protest of American Poetry
a review by Eugene Schlanger
Beautiful & Pointless: A Guide to Modern Poetry by David Orr. HarperCollins Publishers (New York, NY), 2011, xviii + 200 pp., $25.99
Review 12 June 2011
book cover The Dignity Conspiracy and its Strange Hold on Our Souls
a review by Richard M. Reinsch II
Modern and American Dignity: Who We Are as Persons, and What That Means for Our Future by Peter Augustine Lawler (ISI Books, 2010).
Review 19 June 2011
book cover When free trade is not fair exchange
a review by Derek Turner
How the West Was Lost: Fifty Years of Economic Folly—and the Stark Choices Ahead by Dambisa Moyo. London: Allen Lane, 2011, paper, 226 pages
On Essays and Letters 26 June 2011
book cover Memories of Johnson
by James V. Schall, S.J.
Father Schall reflects on a collection of the writings and sayings—and conversations of Samuel Johnson. He suggests that “truth ultimately exists in conversation, not in books.”

A poor man, if he has dignity, honesty, the respect of his neighbors, a realization of his duties, a love of the wisdom of his ancestors, and possibly some taste for knowledge or beauty, is rich in the unbought grace of life.

Russell Kirk

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