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Winter 2013

Contents

On Essays and Letters 23 December 2012
book cover On Quotations
by James V. Schall, S.J.
Father Schall reflects on the art of the quotation: We usually do not quote just to be quoting.
Review 30 December 2012
book cover A Player Piano for the Twenty-First Century
a review by Gary L. Gregg II
Player Piano by Kurt Vonnegut, Jr. Dial Press 1999 [1952] Paper, 352 pages, $15.
Review 6 January 2013
book cover Bloodied Beauty
a review by Peter L. Edman
The Poetics of Evil: Toward an Aesthetic Theodicy by Philip Tallon. New York: Oxford University Press, 2012. Cloth, 266 pages, $74.
Review 13 January 2013
book cover Testing the Metaphor
a review by JP O’Malley
Extreme Metaphors: Selected Interviews with J. G. Ballard, 1967–2008, Edited by Simon Sellars and Dan O’Hara. Fourth Estate, 2012. Hardcover, 304 pages, £25.
Review 20 January 2013
book cover The Persistence of History
a review by P. Bracy Bersnak
After Tocqueville: The Promise and Failure of Democracy by Chilton Williamson, Jr. ISI Books, 2012 Hardcover, 288 pages, $28
Review 27 January 2013
book cover Hope or Despair? Roger Kimball and the Future of Culture
a review by Wilfred M. McClay
The Fortunes of Permanence: Culture and Anarchy in an Age of Amnesia by Roger Kimball. St. Augustine’s Press, 2012. Hardcover, 360 pp., $35.
Review 3 February 2013
book cover A Church of One
a review by Michael J. Ard
Roger Williams and the Creation of the American Soul: Church, State, and the Birth of Liberty by John M. Barry. Viking, 2012, Cloth, 480 pages, $35.
Review 10 February 2013
book cover Think Local, Act Local
a review by Tobias J. Lanz
How to Think Seriously About the Planet: The Case for an Environmental Conservatism by Roger Scruton. Oxford University Press, 2012. Hardcover, 464 pages, $30.
Interview 10 February 2013
image The Libertarian Who Loves Kirk: Bradley Birzer on the Permanent Things
an interview by Gerald J. Russello
Part One of a two-part interview with Bradley Birzer, who holds the Russell Amos Kirk Chair of American Studies at Hillsdale College. Birzer talks about his personal and intellectual influences and what he finds fascinating about Russell Kirk.
Interview 17 February 2013
image Prog Rock and the Permanent Things: More with Bradley Birzer
an interview by Gerald J. Russello
Part Two of a two-part interview with Bradley Birzer, who holds the Russell Amos Kirk Chair of American Studies at Hillsdale College. Birzer says the conservative task privileges preserving and sanctifying culture over politics. He also discusses Augustine, Christian Humanism, and progressive rock.
Review 17 February 2013
book cover (The Future of) Liberalism in Our Disordered Age
a review by Ted V. McAllister
Post-Liberalism: The Death of a Dream by Melvyn L. Fein. Transaction Press, 2012. Cloth, 359 pages, $40.
Essay 21 February 2013
book cover Marital Distress and the 2012 T. S. Eliot Poetry Prize
by Eugene Schlanger
Sharon Olds’s “marital distress poetry” was awarded the 2012 T. S. Eliot Prize. The Wall Street Poet looks for some cultural or poetic significance in Olds’s verse.
Review 24 February 2013
book cover Tolkien and the Great Tale
a review by Adam Schwartz
The Christian World of ‘The Hobbit’ by Devin Brown. Abingdon Press, 2012 193 pp., $14.99 paper.
Review 3 March 2013
book cover Capitalism vs. the Free Market
a review by Ivan Pongracic
The Morality of Capitalism: What Your Professors Won’t Tell You edited by Tom Palmer. Jameson Books, Inc., 2011. Paperback, 129 pp., $8.95. Defending the Free Market: The Moral Case for a Free Economy by Robert Sirico. Regnery Publishing, Inc., 2012. Hardcover, 213 pp. $27.95.
Review 3 March 2013
book cover The Perils of Neutrality
a review by Bruce P. Frohnen
The Common Good of Constitutional Democracy: Essays in Political Philosophy and on Catholic Social Teaching by Martin Rhonheimer, edited by William F. Murphy, Jr. Catholic University of America Press, 2013. Paperback, 560 pages, $45.
Review 10 March 2013
book cover Uncle Walt and the Lost Era of Network News
a review by John C. Chalberg
Cronkite by Douglas Brinkley. HarperCollins, 2012. Hardcover, 819 pages, $35.
Review 10 March 2013
book cover Churchill After the War
a review by Francis P. Sempa
The Last Lion: Winston Spencer Churchill, Defender of the Realm, 1940–1965 by William Manchester and Paul Reid. Little Brown and Company, 2012. Hardcover, 1182 pages, $40.
Review 17 March 2013
book cover Morality and Order
a review by A. W. R. Hawkins
Redeeming the Time by Russell Kirk, ed. Jeffrey O. Nelson. Wilmington, ISI Books, 1996. Cloth, 321 pages, $24.95.
Review 18 March 2013
book cover Chronicling the Conservatives
a review by Derek Turner
The Conservatives—A History by Robin Harris. London: Bantam Press, 2012, hb., 632pps., £30.

The conservative believes that the individual is foolish, although the species is wise; therefore, unlike the confident intellectual, he declines to undertake the reconstruction of society and human nature.

Russell Kirk

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