“A Compass That Will Not Lie”

By |2018-11-30T12:58:56-05:00November 30th, 2018|

"I shall no longer ask myself if this or that is expedient, but only if it is right. I shall do this, not because I am noble or unselfish, but because life slips away, and because I need for the rest of my journey a star that will not play false to me, a compass [...]

“A Long and Noisy Prayer”: Bruce Springsteen Tells His Life Story

By |2017-12-13T15:51:24-05:00September 22nd, 2017|

Though his fans will undoubtedly enjoy this engrossing autobiography, it deserves a broader audience because of the beauty of Mr. Springsteen's writing, his penetrating observations about human nature, and his well-crafted history of an interesting and important life... "We remain in the air, the empty space, in the dusty, roots and deep earth, in the [...]

Who Is the True Lover of Books?

By |2016-09-21T15:26:47-05:00September 9th, 2016|

"I consider as lovers of books not those who keep their books hidden in their store-chests and never handle them, but those who, by nightly as well as daily use thumb them, batter them, wear them out, who fill out all the margins with annotations of many kinds, and who prefer the marks of a [...]

“Russell Kirk: American Conservative” — A Definitive Biography

By |2016-11-04T19:18:12-05:00September 1st, 2016|

The Imaginative Conservative’s co-founder and editor-at-large, Bradley J. Birzer, has received another award for his outstanding, new biography of seminal conservative thinker, Russell Kirk. Following on the heels of The Imaginative Conservative’s own 2015 Book of the Year Award, the Intercollegiate Studies Institute (ISI) has announced that Dr. Birzer has won the 2016 Henry and [...]

Rooted in Some Spot of a Native Land

By |2016-08-10T15:07:03-05:00August 10th, 2016|

A human life, I think, should be well rooted in some spot of a native land, where it may get the love of tender kinship for the face of earth, for the labors men go forth to, for the sounds and accents that haunt it, for whatever will give that early home a familiar [...]

“Who Knows the Secret of the Earthly Pilgrimage?”

By |2018-11-30T12:54:13-05:00July 13th, 2016|

“Who indeed knows the secret of the earthly pilgrimage? Who indeed knows why there can be comfort in a world of desolation? Now God be thanked that there is a beloved one who can lift up the heart in suffering, that one can play with a child in the face of such misery. Now [...]

Two Weeks In: Books That Make Us Human

By |2014-01-17T14:11:51-05:00September 23rd, 2011|

I hope that every one of the participants of the second The Imaginative Conservative symposium, “The Books that Make Us Human,” knows how much we appreciate their thoughts and their time. Considering the large number of hits and page views over the past two weeks, the readers have enjoyed the symposium immensely. A few weeks [...]

Books That Make Us Human: Daniel McCarthy

By |2013-12-21T11:38:06-05:00September 22nd, 2011|Tags: |

My canon of the very best books that help us understand our humanity would contain no surprises. But Brad Birzer has said he wants to add to his reading list, so allow me to suggest some works that are instructive for reasons quite different from those of the recognized classics. I Am Legend by [...]

Books That Make Us Human: Anthony Williams

By |2014-01-17T14:13:19-05:00September 22nd, 2011|

by Anthony Williams St. Augustine’s Confessions: teaches us that man’s struggle to find God is hardly new. I especially enjoyed his reference to the “hound of God”: what an apt description of the Spirit! Antigone: I don’t remember much about this one, to be frank, but I do remember that it’s a powerful story [...]

Books That Make Us Human

By |2015-05-18T14:57:16-05:00September 22nd, 2011|Tags: |

Willa Cather 1) My Antonia, by Willa Cather: Cather’s story of immigrants and the land celebrates the surprising inner strength of one young woman who learns to cultivate the earth, while many who lack her fortitude succumb to the trials of frontier life or give in to their own weak wills. 2) Soldier of [...]

Books That Make Us Human

By |2016-02-16T14:32:51-05:00September 21st, 2011|

This is a quirky list. I sit here with tattered old books, some new ones and my Kindle, and love them all; and offer ten that I have read in the six years since my retirement from full time teaching. Each has given me joy, and speaks to what Brad Birzer calls the “human [...]

Book That Make Us Human: Kelly Williams and Casey Holmes

By |2014-01-17T14:16:46-05:00September 21st, 2011|

The Lists 1. Bible 2. The Hiding Place, Corrie Ten Boom 3. Toss up between Mere Christianity, Abolition of Man, Great Divorce, and Last Battle, C.S. Lewis 4. “The Right Hand,” Solzynistyn (short story) 5. “The Death of Ivan Ilych,” Tolstoy (short story) 6. Tolkein’s Lord of the Rings 7. Confessions, St. Augustine 8. [...]

Books That Make Us Human: Father John Rickert

By |2014-01-12T15:45:52-05:00September 20th, 2011|

by Father John Rickert 1. Juan Donoso Cortés: Essay on Catholicism, Liberalism, and Socialism. Donoso argues that political questions are at root theological questions, and Liberalism is fundamentally the denial of the doctrine of Original Sin as understood in the Catholic sense. Bl. Pius IX warmly approved this book, as did Garrigou-Lagrange and Orestes Brownson. 2. Juan [...]

Books That Make Us Human: Justin Jackson

By |2014-01-15T15:57:53-05:00September 19th, 2011|

by Justin Jackson I’ve tried to give a decent sampling here. I’ve got a biblical text, two theological texts, one philosophical, two novels, two plays, and two poems. These are not the 10 best works I’ve read (though some of them belong in that category) but give us an unvarnished glimpse of the human condition. [...]