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Stanlis on Burke and Frost

University BookmanThe Bookman is pleased to publish an interview with Peter J. Stanlis, Distinguished Professor of Humanities, Emeritus, at Rockford College and one of the foremost scholars of Edmund Burke and Robert Frost. Stanlis’s groundbreaking work, Edmund Burke and the Natural Law (1958), forever changed the way scholars view Burke’s work. Stanlis placed Burke firmly in the tradition of Western natural law reasoning. Stanlis has also published a number of essays and articles on Frost, including Robert Frost: The Poet as Philosopher (2007).

Feb 2008

Bookman RSS

Since the Bookman is now offering web-only articles, we now offer, in addition to the RSS feed for Kirk Center news items, a syndication feed for all Bookman articles. We hope you find it useful.

Jan 2008

Bookman in Colombia

On December 15, El Heraldo, one of Colombia’s largest newspapers, published a Spanish version of Michael J. Ard’s review, “Latin America’s Five Deadly Sins,” which appeared in our Spring 2007 issue. Here is the link.

Dec 2007

Bookman Web Exclusives

We are pleased to announce web-only reviews as a new feature of the University Bookman. This new content will enable us to reach our readers more regularly with reviews of notable books, interviews, and other features. Our first online feature—ironically—is a review of Wendell Berry’s novel, Andy Catlett. Check back often for new exclusive content!

Dec 2007

New Bookman and Barzun

The new issue of the University Bookman is on its way. Featuring a special section on the humane economy, the issue includes reviews of books on agrarianism, Wendell Berry, Tocqueville, the commercial society, and other subjects. As a preview, here is Tracy Lee Simmons’s essay honoring the critic and essayist Jacques Barzun, who turns 100 this November 30. We encourage you to subscribe here, because you won’t want to miss this issue!

Nov 2007

Berkowitz on the Essential Russell Kirk

Conserving Russell Kirk” in Policy Review. This article elegantly addresses some recent public controversies and is worth your attention.

Oct 2007

Russello Interview

Gerald Russello has done an interview with John J. Miller at National Review Online discussing his new book on Kirk’s thought.

Jul 2007

Nash Heritage Lecture

Senior Fellow George H. Nash spoke at the Heritage Foundation on June 22, 2007 to give the Russell Kirk Lecture on Kirk’s life and legacy and to celebrate the release of The Essential Russell Kirk: Selected Essays. You can view the lecture or listen to the MP3 audio here. The transcript (plus pdf) is available here.

Jul 2007

Two Essays on the Imagination

We have added to the web site two pieces by Russell Kirk that touch on the moral imagination. First, “The Moral Imagination,” a 1981 essay that describes the concept. Second is “Is Life Worth Living?”  the epilogue of Kirk’s autobiography, The Sword of Imagination. Both are posted under the Kirk’s Thought section.

Jun 2007

Wall Street Journal

We were pleased to see the aptly titled op-ed “The Conservative Mind” by Peter Berkowitz in The Wall Street Journal on May 29, 2007. Very clearly written and helpful.

May 2007

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A poor man, if he has dignity, honesty, the respect of his neighbors, a realization of his duties, a love of the wisdom of his ancestors, and possibly some taste for knowledge or beauty, is rich in the unbought grace of life.

Russell Kirk