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Summer 2012

Contents

Symposium 26 June 2012
book cover What We’re Reading (Summer 2012)
by Bookman contributors
As a special summer feature, we’ve asked our valued contributors to tell us what they’re planning to read this summer. We hope it provides you with ideas of your own.
Review 1 July 2012
book cover On the Long March of the Wolves through the Sheep-pen
a review by James E. Person, Jr.
Intellectuals and Society: Revised and Expanded Edition by Thomas Sowell. New York: Basic Books, 2012, 669 pages, $19.99.
Review 8 July 2012
book cover Founders’ Faith: None of the Above
a review by Gary Scott Smith
The Religious Beliefs of America’s Founders: Reason, Revelation, Revolution by Gregg L. Frazer. University Press of Kansas, 2012, 296 pp., $35.
Review 15 July 2012
book cover American Sound—Twentieth Century
a review by Thomas F. Bertonneau
Voices of Stone and Steel: The Music of William Schuman, Vincent Persichetti, and Peter Mennin by Walter Simmons. Scarecrow Press, 2010 Cloth, 438 pages, $70.
Essay 21 July 2012
Searching while Blindfolded
by Gerald J. Russello
A comment on a silly piece by Russell Jacoby.
Review 22 July 2012
book cover Union and Liberty
a review by David G. Bonagura, Jr.
May the Road Rise Up to Meet You by Peter Troy. Doubleday, 2012, 400 pp., $27.
Review 29 July 2012
book cover Plus ça change, plus c’est la même chose
a review by Charles H. Jeanfreau
The Accidental City: Improvising New Orleans, by Lawrence N. Powell. Harvard University Press, 2012. Cloth, 448 pages, $30.
Essay 5 August 2012
Joseph Mitchell and the Free Life
by Dermot Quinn
The New Yorker’s Joseph Mitchell wrote with an almost Burkean enthusiasm for the neighborhoods, physical and metaphysical, of his city, the communities in which lived an array of eccentrics, oddballs, misfits, lonely, gifted, strange, surly, lovable people that could not be found so concentratedly in any other city in the world.
Review 12 August 2012
book cover Resisting Ideology’s Reductionism
a review by Richard M. Gamble
The New Jacobinism: America as Revolutionary State (2d expanded ed.) by Claes G. Ryn. National Humanities Institute, 2011, 163 pp., paper, $15.
Review 19 August 2012
book cover Glass Houses
a review by A. W. R. Hawkins
At War with the Word: Literary Theory and Liberal Education by R. V. Young. ISI Books, 1999, 2004. 211 pages.
Symposium 27 August 2012
The Bookman goes back to school
by Bookman contributors
The University Bookman has long had a focus on education. Indeed, the archive reveals numerous reviews of college and high-school textbooks, and of course our founder Russell Kirk wrote often on education. As we approach the beginning of another school year, we asked some of our contributors for their advice to students coming back this fall on how to make the best of their education.
Essay 27 August 2012
book cover To College Students Considering a Course in American Poetry
by Eugene Schlanger
The Wall Street poet advises students, before registering for a class on poetry, to browse the poems of the last decade. We live in a period of strife—to say the least. Surely some contemporary American poet has observed something memorable in verse?
On Essays and Letters 9 September 2012
Our Rascally World
by James V. Schall, S.J.
Father Schall reflects on a letter from the great satirist Jonathan Swift to the poet Alexander Pope.
Interview 9 September 2012
book cover Cliché on a Hill
an interview by Gerald J. Russello
A conversation with Richard M. Gamble, author of In Search of the City on a Hill.
Review 16 September 2012
book cover Books in Little
a review by Gerald J. Russello
Brief reviews of books on distributism and Russell Kirk.
Review 16 September 2012
book cover Endless Game of Thrones
a review by Craig Bernthal
A Song of Ice and Fire by George R. R. Martin (5 of 7 planned volumes). Bantam, 1996–2012. Paper, 5232 pages, $75.

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.

Russell Kirk

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