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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.

—Annette Kirk

Apr 2011

Russello reviews

Gerald Russello reviews Freedom at Risk by James Buckley in the May 2011 issue of The American Conservative.

Apr 2011

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.

Apr 2011

Welcome to the new Bookman

We are delighted to announce and welcome you to the new online University Bookman. We will be updating weekly and hope you will follow us by e-mail, RSS, or Twitter. Please .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) if any links are broken or pages display oddly in your browser.

Jan 2011

Imaginative Conservative

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.

Dec 2010

Bookman in Print

The last full print issue of The University Bookman is now in the mail and posted here. Subscribers to The University Bookman who wish to receive a copy of The Essential Russell Kirk in lieu of the remainder of their subscription should e-mail the publisher at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) to request a copy. We plan to keep publishing the Bookman online. If you would like to be on a private e-mail list to receive periodic announcements of new articles, please notify the webmaster at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Nov 2010

Russello Writings

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.

Nov 2010

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.

Aug 2010

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.

Aug 2010

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.

Jun 2010

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By 'the Permanent Things' [T. S. Eliot] meant those elements in the human condition that give us our nature, without which we are as the beasts that perish. They work upon us all in the sense that both they and we are bound up in that continuity of belief and institution called the great mysterious incorporation of the human race.

Russell Kirk