Emina Melonic

About Emina Melonic

Emina Melonic is a writer and critic whose work has appeared in American Greatness, Splice Today, The Spectator, Law and Liberty, New English Review, The New Criterion, National Review, and The University Bookman, among other publications. She holds a Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from the University of Buffalo and three Master's degrees: in Humanities from the University of Chicago, in Philosophy from University at Buffalo, and in Theology from Christ the King Seminary.

A Call to the Joy of Life: Why Beethoven’s Ninth Matters to Me

By |2020-12-30T17:20:35-06:00September 28th, 2020|Categories: Audio/Video, Beethoven 250, Ludwig van Beethoven, Music, Timeless Essays|

For me, Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony will be forever linked to my life as a Bosnian refugee. In a time of great suffering, this music brought me hope. No amount of ideological nonsense will destroy its inherent beauty and its constant call for the restoration of humanity’s greatness. Western civilization and culture have been under attack [...]

How to Keep From Losing Your Mind

By |2020-04-18T15:07:17-05:00December 31st, 2019|Categories: Books, Classical Education, Classics, Great Books, Liberal Learning|

In “How to Keep From Losing Your Mind,” Deal W. Hudson sets out to not merely defend—in a traditional and philosophical sense—Western thought but also to share the beauty of culture and the approach he took as he was writing, namely that of “a mounting sense of joy.” How to Keep From Losing Your Mind: [...]

Waiting for God in Absurd Times

By |2019-10-20T00:07:43-05:00October 19th, 2019|Categories: Books, Culture, Modernity, Philosophy|

Whether one is an atheist or a believer, all of us can agree that there is certainly something missing in our society. By entering into a dialogue with a variety of texts, the authors of “The Terror of Existence” wrestle with the idea of meaninglessness and absurdity with the seriousness and it deserves. The Terror [...]

The Sacred, the Profane, and the Vulgar

By |2018-05-27T23:54:39-05:00May 27th, 2018|Categories: Catholicism, Christianity, Culture|

The recent spectacle of the “Heavenly Bodies” gala at The Met is a perfect example of society’s confusion and an unwitting rejection of the order of things. The gala does not deserve to be called profane. It is, in fact, merely and weakly vulgar… For the most part, a society flourishes when there is a [...]

Death and the Present Moment: Ingmar Bergman’s “The Seventh Seal”

By |2020-03-09T13:09:08-05:00February 15th, 2018|Categories: Death, Existence of God, Faith, Film|

The Seventh Seal is focused on man’s spiritual doubt, and even complete lack of faith in God. The film asks: How can God remain separate from us as we experience darkness and suffering? The Swedish director, Ingmar Bergman, has secured his place in the cinematic canon not only as a superb and unique director but [...]

Can a Conservative Be Progressive?

By |2019-04-04T12:30:41-05:00November 6th, 2017|Categories: Conservatism, Culture, Liberalism, Tradition|

By affirming our human limitations, conservatism actually opens our minds to learning and discovering… Conservatives have always been portrayed as backward and unenlightened simpletons. This is true especially today because intellectual conservatives are being sidelined by identitarian and populist conservatism. This is not to excuse the Left. On the contrary, the Left’s insistence on presenting conservatives [...]

The Uselessness of the Humanities

By |2017-09-14T23:18:06-05:00September 14th, 2017|Categories: Education, Great Books, Humanities, Liberal Learning|

Are the humanities worth studying? Art, literature, and philosophy don’t do anything. They simply are… In the Preface to The Picture of Dorian Gray, Oscar Wilde wrote: “All art is quite useless.” Wilde meant this not in a disparaging way but rather as a compliment to all things beautiful. He didn’t want to assign any [...]

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