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Winter 2014

Contents

Symposium 19 December 2013
book cover Reading Recommendations for 2014
by Bookman Contributors
Contributors and friends of the Bookman share books of note from the past year’s reading in many different genres.
Essay 23 December 2013
book cover ‘As You Wish’
by Jordan J. Ballor
On the fortieth anniversary of The Princess Bride, Jordan Ballor looks at some of the story’s enduring themes.
Review 29 December 2013
book cover A Dark Path to Recovery
a review by Gladden J. Pappin
The Loss and Recovery of Truth: Selected Writings by Gerhart Niemeyer. Edited by Michael Henry. St. Augustine’s Press, 2013. Hardcover, 648 pages, $60.
Interview 5 January 2014
image It’s a Bird! It’s a Plane! It’s J. Alfred Prufrock!
an interview by Micah Mattix
The editor of the book and ideas newsletter Prufrock interviews artist Julian Peters, who is creating a comic book adaptation of T. S. Eliot’s famous poem.
Review 12 January 2014
book cover A Fair-Minded Polemic
a review by Daniel McCarthy
Leo Strauss and the Conservative Movement in America: A Critical Appraisal by Paul Edward Gottfried. Cambridge, 2013. Paperback, 194 pages, $27.
Review 19 January 2014
book cover Gottfried Responds
a review by Paul Edward Gottfried
Paul Gottfried responds to Daniel McCarthy’s review of his book on Leo Strauss.
Essay 19 January 2014
book cover Happiness or Joy?
by Pedro Blas González
Talking about happiness ad nauseam, as we do about everything else in the West today, does not make one happy.
On Essays and Letters 26 January 2014
book cover On Having Faces
by James V. Schall, S. J.
Father Schall reflects on Lewis’s novel and the mystery—and adventure—of knowing and being known.
Review 26 January 2014
book cover Happier Cities, Happier Lives?
a review by Gene Callahan
Happy City: Transforming Our Lives Through Urban Design by Charles Montgomery. Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2013. Hardcover, 290 pages, $27.
Essay 2 February 2014
book cover Pop Culture Mysticism
by Mark Judge
Conservative outlets will occasionally run a light piece about how this movie or that pop song is actually conservative, as if they had found a gold coin in a landfill of dung. In fact, religious mysticism, if not Republican dogma, radiates through the popular culture. And we are missing it.
Review 9 February 2014
book cover Hollow Men and the Search for a Workable Pluralism
a review by Geoffrey Kabaservice
The Twilight of the American Enlightenment: The 1950s and the Crisis of Liberal Belief by George M. Marsden. Basic Books, 2014. Hardcover, 264 pp. $27.
Review 16 February 2014
book cover Hoover’s Crusade Against Collectivism
a review by Gerald J. Russello
George H. Nash, historian and biographer of Herbert Hoover, speaks with the Bookman about his new book, a previously unknown memoir from the former president. He discusses what The Crusade Years adds to our knowledge about Hoover and the post-war years, and suggests lessons we can draw from his long post-presidential career.
Review 23 February 2014
book cover Unveiling the Obvious
a review by Mark Anthony Signorelli
The Experience of God: Being, Consciousness, Bliss by David Bentley Hart. Yale University Press, 2013. Hardcover, 376 pages, $25.
Review 2 March 2014
book cover Small Towns Can Be Big Stages
a review by Will Hoyt
Small-Town America: Finding Community, Shaping the Future by Robert Wuthnow. Princeton University Press, 2013. Hardcover, 498 pages, $35.
Essay 9 March 2014
image The Stories We Tell—The People We Become
by Ted McAllister
Every culture provides a larger story in which to locate one’s self. In this, the first of two parts, Ted McAllister looks at two of the three primary competing stories Americans tell about themselves. Part Two will look at a third story and consider the strengths and flaws of each.
Essay 12 March 2014
image The Stories We Tell—The People We Become (Part 2)
by Ted McAllister
Every culture provides a larger story in which to locate one’s self. In the second of two parts, Ted McAllister looks at a third story about America and considers the strengths and flaws of the three.
Interview 16 March 2014
book cover Repeating Calamities
an interview by JP O’Malley
JP O'Malley interviews Simon Schama about his new book and documentary, The Story of the Jews and recurring attacks on Jewish people and culture. He and Schama also talk about progress in history.

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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