News and Site Highlights Archives
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Russello around the web
Here’s a round-up of recent writings by Bookman editor Gerald Russello elsewhere on the Internet and in print. • At the Imaginative Conservative Russello responds to Claes Ryn’s argument that conservatives have failed the culture. • He reviews Gregory Wolfe’s Beauty Will Save the World in the October edition of Chronicles. • At the National Catholic Register he discusses a recent Colorado religious liberty case denying families access to funds for private education, based on an outdated reading of a bigoted “Blaine”-style amendment. • In The Wilson Quarterly, he reviews Why Trilling Matters.
McAllister on Kirk
The Imaginative Conservative blog has posted an excerpt and link to an essay by Pepperdine’s Ted McAllister on Kirk’s Conservative Mind that is worth a look: “What was then more readily an act of preservation has become today an act of recovery.”
Russello in the WSJ
Gerald Russello reviews Michael Toth’s book on founding father Oliver Ellsworth in the Wall Street Journal: “Uniting the Nation.”
Imaginative Conservative series and other items of note
A few items to call to your attention:
• Our friends at The Imaginative Conservative are running a series of posts on “books that make us human” that’s well worth a look. • They also ran an item recently on early work of Russell Kirk and his libertarian or merely anti-statist tendencies.
• James Poulos writes at the Daily Caller on “The horrible truth behind the war on the middle class.”
• A transcript of James Kalb interviewing the mathematician and architectural theorist Nikos Salingaros on architecture and urbanism is available from the Philadelphia Society (PDF).
Updated Kirk Bibliography
A second edition of our archivist Charles C. Brown’s Russell Kirk: A Bibliography has been released by ISI Books, fully revised and updated. There is a kind review by James Heiser at The New American.
Russell Kirk on C-SPAN
Have you caught up on the recent articles from Gerald Russello? Debating the Constitution in City Journal, and Faith from the Hearth and Public Schools: Faith-Free Zones in the National Catholic Register.
A few links we recommend
• The New Atlantis has a great symposium on Place and Placelessness in America with several essays that are well worth your time.
• The blog “Paying Attention to the Sky” features an article by Brad Birzer on Christopher Dawson and the twentieth century Catholic literary revival and two articles on The Remarkable Christopher Dawson Influence and Dawson’s contributions.
Peter Stanlis, RIP
Dr. Peter J. Stanlis has died. He was a great friend of Russell Kirk and the Kirk Center and a great scholar. We have posted a remembrance of him by Senior Fellow Ian Crowe in the University Bookman.
In addition, we would like to call our readers’ attention to two videos from Dr. Stanlis on our companion site. The first features Dr. Stanlis speaking on Edmund Burke at a seminar at Piety Hill. In the other video, Dr. Stanlis is interviewed by Joseph Stuart about Russell Kirk. We also note this 2008 print interview where Dr. Stanlis speaks with James E. Person, Jr. in the Bookman about Burke and Robert Frost.
Video on the Influence of Russell Kirk in Europe
Karl von Habsburg spoke at the announcement in Prague in 2000 of the Czech translation of Russell Kirk’s The Conservative Mind. The video of his remarks is available here. Karl is the son of Otto von Habsburg, who died in July (we posted a memorial article by Denis Kitzinger here). Karl was a member of the European Parliament for ten years, and in the summer of 1984 he studied the thought of Edmund Burke under Russell Kirk in Mecosta. The full video of the Czech celebration—at which Annette Kirk, President of the Russell Kirk Center and Marco Respinti, Senior Fellow and Italian journalist, also spoke—can be seen here at our partner site.