Gift Challenges for Imaginative Conservatives

By |2020-12-28T13:56:50-06:00December 10th, 2018|Categories: Beauty, Christmas, Culture, Culture War, Gifts for Imaginative Conservatives, John Horvat|

Not unlike the times of Our Lord, we live in the paradox of a world in disorder yet under the appearance of order. Beneath the veneer of optimism and prosperity, many people experience lives of trial and suffering due to the lifestyles of frenetic intemperance they have adopted. […]

Gifts for Men Who Work With Their Hands… and Heads

By |2020-12-20T20:23:43-06:00December 5th, 2018|Categories: Books, Christmas, Gifts for Imaginative Conservatives|

Imaginative conservatives love words, but we’re not an effete bunch, no sir. We know that the pen is mightier than the sword—but we respect swords, too. I suspect that our ancestors were better prepared for Christmas than we tend to be. Unless you’re the sort of person who breathlessly anticipates the holy day, like we [...]

Millionaire Gifts at a Poet’s Price: Small Luxuries for Her

By |2018-01-22T10:25:59-06:00December 18th, 2017|Categories: Christmas, Culture, Gifts for Imaginative Conservatives, Love, Marcia Christoff-Kurapovna|

There is that special category of exquisite, practical gift that, by the very nature of its fussy simplicity, imparts an unusual kind of sensuousness to the beholder, who thus becomes the proud owner of a refined bit of utility not otherwise considered over the course of one’s quotidian self-care. By this we mean those gifts [...]

Ten Christmas Stories Every Father Should Read to His Children

By |2020-12-29T20:40:31-06:00December 16th, 2017|Categories: Books, Christmas, Family, Gifts for Imaginative Conservatives|

Father Christmas and the Christian father share a domestic priesthood that presides over the Christmas mysteries. Christmas calls on fathers far and wide to take up the books of Christmas, to draw their children into a ring round fire or tree to be read to... When St. Nick drives his miniature sleigh full of toys drawn [...]

Good Books and Great Music for Christmas Gifting

By |2017-12-14T15:43:07-06:00December 14th, 2017|Categories: Books, Bruce Springsteen, Christmas, Gifts for Imaginative Conservatives, Ludwig van Beethoven, Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, Robert E. Lee, Stephen M. Klugewicz, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart|

Here are four recently-published books and four new classical music albums that I have greatly enjoyed this past year… Books I’ve read several excellent biographies (and one great autobiography) this past year. Foremost among the former is Jan Swafford’s magisterial Beethoven: Anguish and Triumph, which could easily be termed the definitive biography of perhaps the greatest [...]

Gift-Giving Guidelines for Imaginative Conservatives

By |2017-12-12T22:59:04-06:00December 12th, 2017|Categories: Christianity, Christmas, Conservatism, Gifts for Imaginative Conservatives, John Horvat|

What we need most are things spiritual, not material. We need things that will not agitate us but that will fill us with peace and order… In making my list of gift suggestions for Christmas, I could not help but reflect that what we need most are things spiritual, not material. We need things that [...]

8 Conservative Christmas Gift Suggestions from ISI Books

By |2017-12-11T12:23:29-06:00December 11th, 2017|Categories: Books, Christmas, Conservatism, Gifts for Imaginative Conservatives|

What better way to celebrate the holidays than with 50% off books? I’m with Abraham Lincoln: “My best friend is the man who’ll get me a book I ain’t read.” So when The Imaginative Conservative asks me for Christmas gift recommendations, I immediately think of books. What better gift could there be? Since you’re reading [...]

C.S. Lewis’ “Present Concerns”: A Gift of Wisdom

By |2021-04-28T10:00:45-05:00November 28th, 2017|Categories: Books, C.S. Lewis, Featured, Gifts for Imaginative Conservatives|

Each of the nineteen essays in Present Concerns is packed with wisdom that can profitably be taken in little chunks over time and meditated upon over a steaming hot cup of tea or an even bigger pint of ale, perhaps even with a pipe pinched between one’s teeth, as Lewis surely would have it. Present [...]

Christmas Reading to Prepare for the Political Year Ahead

By |2016-12-20T15:34:14-06:00December 20th, 2016|Categories: Books, Christmas, Gifts for Imaginative Conservatives, Lee Cheek, Senior Contributors|

Here, dear readers, are four books to prepare you for the political season that lies ahead of us in 2017.... 1) Constitutional Morality and the Rise of Quasi-Law (Harvard University Press, 2016) The final work by my friend and mentor, the late and great George Carey, and also by one of the best scholars of [...]

A Last-Minute Christmas Gift Guide for Conservatives

By |2016-12-18T15:12:42-06:00December 18th, 2016|Categories: Christmas, Gifts for Imaginative Conservatives, Julie Baldwin|

Let us see gift-giving less as an obligation or a buy-in to the commercialism of the season, and more as a sign of affection... It’s less than a week till Christmas, and you realize that you cannot give Brad Birzer’s Russell Kirk: American Conservative biography to every member of your family. What to do?! Have no [...]

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