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William Rusher, R.I.P.
As so many have pointed out, all his life, Bill Rusher provided energetic and steady leadership to the conservative movement.
While much appreciated for his wit and wisdom, I was especially grateful for his invaluable support of my efforts to found the Russell Kirk Center after Russell’s death in 1994. He not only agreed to take Russell’s place on the board of the Wilbur Foundation, but he offered the resolution to continue the Foundation’s residential fellows program here under my direction. Now in its thirty-first year, this program has provided hundreds of scholars with lodging, access to an excellent library and a modest stipend while they write their books or dissertations.
In addition, Bill wrote a beautiful tribute to Russell, “Death of a Giant,” in The University Bookman and gave a lecture, “Conservatism’s Third and Final Battle” in the Russell Kirk Memorial Lecture Series at the Heritage Foundation in which he described the battle as between two diametrically opposed “metaphysical dreams of reality.”
Bill was indeed an ally and a friend when I most needed one. He truly deserves the eternal reward he most surely has been given.
Gerald Russello reviews Freedom at Risk by James Buckley in the May 2011 issue of The American Conservative.
Reinsch on Chambers
The Bookman is pleased to highlight an essay on the enduring relevance of Whittaker Chambers from Bookman friend and contributor Richard Reinsch. It is a concise summary of his book on Chambers, published recently by ISI.
Welcome to the new Bookman
The Imaginative Conservative blog has been posting lots of great material by and about Russell Kirk, including Kirk’s reflection on the twelve days of Christmas, the 1953 review of The Conservative Mind from the New York Times, and a selection on the unbought grace of life. We certainly commend the site for your reading and reflection.
Bookman in Print
Bookman editor Gerald J. Russello has been active in publishing recently with a review of Kenneth Minogue’s The Servile Mind online at City Journal; a review of Jonah Goldberg’s Proud to be Right: Voices of the Next Conservative Generation at the American Spectator; a review of John Médaille’s Toward a Truly Free Market at The American Conservative; and a contribution to a symposium on Médaille at Front Porch Republic.
Kirk in Traverse Magazine
John J. Miller has a lovely article about Dr. Kirk and his life and legacy in the January issue of Traverse Magazine, now released online. Take a look.
Kirk in the 1950s
We have new posts of several articles of Russell Kirk in the online archive, including four from the 1950s. Kirk covers topics including tradition, revolution, the age of boredom (addressing themes that later became Eliot and His Age), and “The Inhumane Businessman.” Do take some time and read them.
The University Bookman
We have posted the latest number of the University Bookman, which is our penultimate print issue. The Bookman will be expanding our presence online after this point. This number features reviews on two very different historians—Arthur Schlesinger, Jr., and Carlton Hayes—and continuing efforts to define the right. The full contents are available here.