The Mysteries of Madness and Genius

By |2018-06-29T19:19:41-05:00June 24th, 2018|Categories: Art, Beauty, Culture, History, Imagination, Marcia Christoff-Kurapovna, Philosophy, Poetry, Timeless Essays|

The world has long sought to explain the mysteries of madness and genius and has largely failed to do so. Perhaps the better idea would be simply to allow madness and genius to go on explaining the world’s own mysteries to itself… Today’s offering in our Timeless Essay series affords our readers the opportunity to [...]

The Beautiful Violence of Old Masters Painting

By |2018-04-10T10:10:15-05:00April 10th, 2018|Categories: Art, Beauty, Culture, History, Imagination, Marcia Christoff-Kurapovna|

The “beautiful violence” of Old Masters painting, a magnificence rooted in the study of Light and Dark as technique, as style, but most of all as a symbolic representation of the very essence of life on earth, remains timeless for its sublime understanding of that which for each human soul cannot be explained… “To define [...]

On the Nature of Wealth and the Wealth of Nature

By |2019-03-07T11:20:58-06:00March 23rd, 2018|Categories: Culture, Economic History, Economics, Gold Standard, History, Marcia Christoff-Kurapovna|

More than just the ultimate inflation hedge, the wealth of Nature—gold, forests, land, agriculture—and the cautious stewardship of these tangible assets over easily-inflated government “IOU’s” is what distinguishes wealth from riches… When King Louis XII, in the year 1499, formed the project of taking the Dukedom of Milan, to which he thought he had a claim, [...]

Democracy, Aristocracy, and the Fate of America

By |2021-04-27T13:50:02-05:00March 12th, 2018|Categories: Aristocracy, Aristotle, Civil Society, Culture, Dante, Democracy, Great Books, History, Marcia Christoff-Kurapovna, Politics|

Only where Democracy and Aristocracy are harmonized and unified culturally can a nation really be healthy and advanced; its history becomes the awe of the world. “Be it known to you that a son is born to me; but I thank the gods not much that they have given me him as that they have [...]

Lebanon the Magnificent: An Inquiry into Exile and Terror

By |2018-01-30T14:07:36-06:00January 30th, 2018|Categories: Culture, Foreign Affairs, Freedom, History, Islam, Marcia Christoff-Kurapovna, Politics, Religion, Terrorism|

Sphinx-like Lebanon—best known for its businessmen, bankers, and civil wars—is the ultimate example in explaining the inexplicable in the Mideast… If the dog now wants something, he wags his tail; impatient of Master’s stupidity in not understanding the perfectly distinct and expressive speech, he adds vocal expression—he barks—and finally an expression of attitude—he mimes or [...]

“The Habsburg Manifesto”: A Conversation in Four Acts

By |2019-02-07T11:15:25-06:00December 25th, 2017|Categories: Books, Conservatism, Culture, Marcia Christoff-Kurapovna, Philosophy, Politics, Progressivism, Theater, Time, Tradition|

Is Time itself best understood by those things in life which are Time-less? Such is the main question posed in The Habsburg Manifesto. Habsburg is not a political play but a philosophical one, whose main theme is the inner nobility of the individual as that which withstands and transcends all politics, all ideology, all history—that [...]

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 [...]

The Lost Soul of History’s Greatest Yacht Builder

By |2018-01-22T10:30:51-06:00February 7th, 2017|Categories: Art, Featured, History, Marcia Christoff-Kurapovna|

The narrative quality of yacht-building—the poetry, the lore—does not exist today. Lost is the craft of designers like William Fife III, who bestowed the ever-changing, fickle waters of the sea with modern meaning and contemporary epic… “Moonbeam III” To face the elements is, to be sure, no light matter when the sea is [...]

Long Night’s Journey into Day: The Twilight of Knightly Men

By |2019-08-15T15:09:36-05:00September 30th, 2016|Categories: Civilization, Culture, Featured, History, Marcia Christoff-Kurapovna, Middle East, Military, War, Western Civilization|

"The East is another name for the West"—Sufi proverb In Memory of Stephen J. Masty When, in happier days, she was inscrutable "Arabia," and felix the plucky cognomen-ex-virtute honoring a mythological lineage of Sheban queens, Roman misadventure, and flourishing trade routes scented in cinnamon and frankincense, the greatest of English explorers submitted to her virgin [...]

The Forest and the ‘Faustian’ Soul

By |2020-08-25T16:03:06-05:00January 24th, 2016|Categories: Art, Culture, Featured, History, Marcia Christoff-Kurapovna, Music, Timeless Essays|

It has been said that the Germanic soul and the forest are one and the same thing. A sense of “Being” is what the Forest is all about to the Faustian: the Mystery that inspires imagination—the most intense Reality that there is. “Deep roots are untouched by frost.” —J.R.R Tolkien It has been said that [...]

The Mysteries of Madness and Genius

By |2018-01-22T10:35:23-06:00January 12th, 2016|Categories: Art, Featured, Marcia Christoff-Kurapovna, Philosophy, Poetry|

“A post-mortem examination of the brain of Nietzsche might conceivably show us the particular atypical form of paralysis from which he died. But what would this have to do with Zarathustra?” — Carl Gustav Jung Ezra Pound The City of Washington DC is Philosophy itself, spiritually and physically a child of the Enlightenment, and [...]

Grosse Pointe

By |2018-01-22T10:36:24-06:00November 22nd, 2015|Categories: Marcia Christoff-Kurapovna, Poetry|

For my brother Rather, I would have liked that we had been golden siblings, arm-in-arm along the lakeshore, or hair flying on white bicycles, past the haunted mansions, past the boat clubs and peaks of clean sail fluttering on blue sheets of broken diamonds. No words are needed when there is much to say, but [...]

Of Majesty and Anarchy

By |2019-12-19T12:15:39-06:00October 15th, 2015|Categories: Europe, Featured, History, Marcia Christoff-Kurapovna, Monarchy, Rome|

“… then Perceval was told that because he did not ask why the Lance bled or whom the Grail served, his land would become even more waste and desolate…” —Arthur C. L. Brown, The Bleeding Lance (1910) Once upon a time the luminous oracle of Virgil’s Fourth Eclogue consecrated the birth of a lonely and mysterious [...]

The Shostakovich Century

By |2020-04-08T04:16:25-05:00April 2nd, 2015|Categories: Europe, Featured, History, Marcia Christoff-Kurapovna, Music, Russia, War|Tags: |

In the music of Shostakovich, the two sides of the twentieth century are revealed—the absurd and the tragic. It is impossible to tell in his works whether the absurd is the tragic or the tragic is the absurd, just as the events of The Century made it impossible to distinguish between the two. Whatever hope [...]

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