An Ode to Great Books and a Beautiful Library

By |2021-04-24T17:30:14-05:00April 24th, 2021|Categories: Books, Essential, Featured, Libraries, Timeless Essays, W. Winston Elliott III, Will Durant, Wisdom|

“If I were rich I would have many books, and I would pamper myself with bindings bright to the eye and soft to the touch, in paper generously opaque, and type such as men designed when printing was very young. I would dress my gods in leather and gold, and burn candles of worship before [...]

In Praise of Libraries

By |2020-06-22T11:43:00-05:00June 22nd, 2020|Categories: Books, Bradley J. Birzer, Culture, Libraries, Senior Contributors|

May God bless the librarians of the world. Unrecognized as such, they are the keepers and preserves of culture, and of our sanctuary islands in the maelstrom of turbulent modernity. My earliest memory of entering a library was sometime during my first few days at Wiley Elementary School in Hutchinson, Kansas. It was the fall [...]

Presidential Libraries: Treason to a Republic

By |2015-01-16T12:15:36-06:00January 6th, 2015|Categories: American Republic, Bradley J. Birzer, Featured, Libraries|

It seems that there is trouble in the liberal land of rainbows and butterflies, at least if you are a Democrat. What to do for poor President Barack Obama and what has become mandatory for every former president since Herbert Hoover: the establishment of a working, viable, and monstrous presidential library. It is nearly impossible [...]

Chesterton’s Library Resurrected

By |2016-02-12T15:28:32-06:00January 13th, 2013|Categories: Books, Christianity, G.K. Chesterton, Libraries, Stephen Masty|

Much of Britain’s literary heritage may be found in America, from the Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington, D.C, to the manuscripts and letters of famous authors housed in wealthy universities from coast to coast. Not so for G. K. Chesterton’s own collection of his books and periodicals, and personal effects down to his hat, pince-nez [...]

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