Is Classical Music a Dying Tradition?

By |2018-08-29T12:45:19-05:00August 29th, 2018|Categories: Culture, Music, Quotation|

If Mozart and Wagner and Puccini and Respighi are “dead art,” I would suggest we’ve forgotten how to properly live. In an age of brainless media that celebrates victims, some of us actually seem to believe that we are the victims of a Eurocentric musical repertoire iconographic of phallocentric imperialism and repression. As if there’s [...]

The Element of the Unexpected in Beethoven

By |2020-04-02T02:32:10-05:00July 18th, 2018|Categories: Books, Ludwig van Beethoven, Music, Quotation|

The element of the unexpected is so often associated with Beethoven. But surprise is not enough; what makes it so great is that no matter how shocking and unexpected the surprise is, it always somehow gives the impression—as soon as it has happened—that it is the only thing that could have happened at that moment. [...]

My Guiding Philosophy

By |2020-02-24T10:59:26-06:00May 8th, 2018|Categories: Baseball, Quotation|

"My guiding philosophy was that playing every day for your team was the most honorable thing you could do. They were counting on you. You had a challenge that day, and you came to the ballpark to meet that challenge. You played. That was the highest level you could achieve." —quoted in The Streak: Lou [...]

Competition vs. Illumination in Learning

By |2021-04-19T15:33:35-05:00January 17th, 2018|Categories: E.B., Education, Eva Brann, Featured, Liberal Learning, Quotation, St. John's College|

"That brings me to the protection of the exchanges that are the life of learning from dangers both within and without the classroom. Of these there are many, of which I’ll mention only one: the corruption of conversation into debate, into argument, and even into discussion, into all the modes of human communication in which [...]

Heaven Is a Playground

By |2017-09-22T15:45:41-05:00September 20th, 2017|Categories: Civil Society, G.K. Chesterton, Quotation|

"It is not only possible to say a great deal in praise of play; it is really possible to say the highest things in praise of it. It might reasonably be maintained that the true object of all human life is play. Earth is a task garden; heaven is a playground. To be at last [...]

Learning How to See Again

By |2017-08-16T15:20:26-05:00August 16th, 2017|Categories: Art, Beauty, Books, Quotation|

Man's ability to see is in decline. Those who nowadays concern themselves with culture and education will experience this fact again and again. We do not mean here, of course, the physiological sensitivity of the human eye. We mean the spiritual capacity to perceive the visible reality as it truly is.... The capacity to perceive [...]

“Baseball Is Our Game”

By |2020-07-10T14:33:51-05:00June 28th, 2017|Categories: Baseball, Culture, Quotation, Tradition|

"I like your interest in sports ball, chiefest of all base-ball particularly: base-ball is our game: the American game: I connect it with our national character. Sports take people out of doors, get them filled with oxygen generate some of the brutal customs (so-called brutal customs) which, after all, tend to habituate people to a [...]

The State Will Take Care of Itself

By |2017-06-21T15:28:24-05:00June 21st, 2017|Categories: Literature, Order, Quotation|

"If others play the fool, it is no reason why you should. The State will take care of itself. Mind your own business as you have heretofore done, and every thing will be better for yourself and for the State. There are men whose vocation it is, from taste, habit, and education, to be statesmen, [...]

Unfit for Liberty

By |2017-06-08T14:44:57-05:00June 7th, 2017|Categories: John Stuart Mill, Liberty, Quotation|

“A people may prefer a free government but if, from indolence, or carelessness, or cowardice, or want of public spirit, they are unequal to the exertions necessary for preserving it; if they will not fight for it when it is directly attacked; if they can be deluded by the artifices used to cheat them out [...]

Friedrich Nietzsche’s “Last Man”

By |2017-05-10T13:42:28-05:00May 10th, 2017|Categories: Eric Voegelin, Quotation|

Editor's Note: In his essay “Nietzsche, the Crisis, and the War,” Eric Voegelin summarizes Friedrich Nietzsche’s disturbing description of "The Last Man”: Zarathustra preaches the gospel of the superman to the people, and the people are silent. He then tries to arouse them by an appeal to their pride and draws the picture of the most contemptible, [...]

Beethoven the Traditionalist?

By |2019-10-08T17:11:00-05:00April 26th, 2017|Categories: Books, Ludwig van Beethoven, Quotation|

What one conceives oneself to be doing and what one is perceived by one’s public to be doing are two different things. For Beethoven the New Path (what later history would name the Second, or “Heroic,” Period) was mainly a private matter between himself and his Muse. For the public it was a different and [...]

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