Alan Cornett

Alan Cornett

About Alan Cornett

Alan Cornett holds degrees in History from both the University of Kentucky and the University of South Carolina. He is an evangelist for both Christianity and style through his blog Pinstripe Pulpit.

Wendell Berry on the Environment, the Economy, & the Imagination

By |2017-11-12T22:14:34-05:00November 12th, 2017|Categories: Conservation, Economics, Environmentalism, Hope, Imagination, Religion, Timeless Essays, Wendell Berry|

The power of imagination is to see things whole, to see things clearly, to see things with sanctity, to see things with love… Today’s offering in our Timeless Essay series affords readers the opportunity to join Alan Cornett as he discusses Wendell Berry’s thoughts on environmentalism and climate change, wealth and the economy, hope [...]

Gifts For Discerning Conservatives

By |2014-12-22T20:14:47-05:00December 23rd, 2014|Categories: Christmas, Gifts for Imaginative Conservatives|Tags: |

Terrapin: Poems by Wendell Berry Tom Pohrt illustrates a collection of Wendell Berry poems in a lovely volume, perfect as a gift for young and old alike. Toys From Kaz Woodcraft Real toys made of real wood for real imaginations. Hank Williams, 40 Greatest Hits You cannot know country music without knowing Hank Williams. You [...]

There is Always Hope: Wendell Berry on the Environment, the Economy, and the Imagination

By |2018-12-08T14:13:40-05:00May 24th, 2014|Categories: Environmentalism, Imagination, Religion, Wendell Berry|Tags: |

Wendell Berry addressed faith, agrarianism, and why he hates “environmentalism” in a ninety minute conversation with Centre College Professor Eric Mount. The two men sat in angled wingback chairs before a crowd of more than two hundred listeners in the sumptuous surroundings of Louisville’s Crescent Hill Baptist Church. In true professorial fashion, Mount made [...]

The Best American Ghost Story?

By |2018-10-25T15:52:30-05:00October 30th, 2013|Categories: Fiction, Sean Busick|Tags: |

William Gilmore Simms When it comes to stories that make your hair stand on end everyone’s mind understandably goes to master of macabre Edgar Allan Poe. But what did Poe himself consider the best ghost story? Of William Gilmore Simms’s short story “Grayling, or Murder Will Out,” Poe wrote “it is really [...]

Novels by State: A Southern Reply

By |2015-11-10T17:53:02-05:00October 19th, 2013|Categories: Sean Busick, South|Tags: |

Business Insider caused a sensation with their list “The Most Famous Book Set In Every State.” And when we say “sensation,” we mean “shock and anger.” While some of their picks are obvious, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz for Kansas or To Kill a Mockingbird for Alabama, others provoked more consternation. Does Louisiana deserve [...]

Allen Tate, Wendell Berry, and Sewanee’s Discarded ‘The Hidden Wound’

By |2016-07-26T15:26:49-05:00October 9th, 2013|Categories: Agrarianism, Books, Wendell Berry|Tags: |

Years ago, perhaps when I was still in graduate school, I stopped at a Chattanooga used bookshop when passing through. One has a mental list of authors to check, and I happened to find an uncommon thing: a hardcover first edition of Wendell Berry’s 1970 book on race and the South, The Hidden Wound. The [...]

The Well-Clad Conservative: Bow Tie Basics

By |2014-01-30T17:16:26-05:00August 23rd, 2013|Categories: Conservatism, Culture, Winston Churchill|Tags: , |

Wearing a bow tie is a way of broadcasting an aggressive lack of concern for what other people think.– Warren St. John, The New York Times Bow ties tend to provoke strong reactions. For some they conjure images of Winston S. Churchill standing firm against German bombings or of a young Frank Sinatra crooning. [...]

How I Saved Russell Kirk From Drowning

By |2014-01-30T17:18:49-05:00August 7th, 2013|Categories: Russell Kirk|Tags: |

Alan Cornett at Dr. Kirk’s desk I am sure there was concern when they saw the canoe paddle float by, maybe even a bit of panic. Something had happened, possibly something bad. They were right. I was holding on to the most important American conservative writer of the twentieth century to keep [...]

The Well-Clad Conservative

By |2014-01-30T17:21:58-05:00June 29th, 2013|Categories: Russell Kirk|Tags: , |

“Women thrive on novelty and are easy meat for the commerce of fashion. Men prefer old pipes and torn jackets.” –Anthony Burgess During my time at Piety Hill I don’t know that I ever saw Russell Kirk without a coat and tie other than perhaps once or twice by happenstance in his home. Whether [...]

A Friend Closer Than a Brother

By |2014-01-30T17:23:44-05:00March 22nd, 2013|Categories: Culture|Tags: , |

A man of many companions may come to ruin, but there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother. –Proverbs 18:24 It is being reported that select schools in the UK are now forbidding students to have best friends in favor of group play. The primary reason cited for the policy is the potential [...]