News and Site Highlights Archives
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Kirk Audio at ISI
We commend to your attention the John M. Olin Online Lecture Library at the Intercollegiate Studies Institute, which hosts several lectures about Russell Kirk and his influence by scholars including Ted McAlister, Michael P. Federici, W. Wesley McDonald, George H. Nash, Gleaves Whitney, and Allan C. Carlson. It also hosts more than twenty-five audio lectures by Russell Kirk.
In time for Halloween, “Ghostly Kirk,” a site that tracks the ghostly tales of Russell Kirk, is now on the web, courtesy of Jeff Pearce.
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discusses a recent Colorado religious liberty case denying families access to funds for private education, based on an outdated reading of a bigoted “Blaine”-style amendment.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.