The Integrity of the Pilgrim Scholar

By |2017-01-10T14:46:45-06:00December 10th, 2016|Categories: Conservatism, Featured, Marion Montgomery, T.S. Eliot|

The primary responsibility of the young scholar is to an integrity as person—that is, to a fulfillment of his gifts as this person, limited in gifts but sharing with humanity a nature as intellectual soul incarnate… Polonius: “What do you read, my lord?” Hamlet: “Words, words, words.” At this turning of a millennium it is [...]

The Scholar as Borrower & Lender of the Truth of Things

By |2017-03-09T11:02:26-06:00November 30th, 2016|Categories: Conservatism, Featured, Marion Montgomery, William Shakespeare|

The “Conservative Scholar” of the next century will engage a most formidable responsibility as scholar, as a borrower and lender of truth in the interest of community. He must struggle to recover, to clarify, terms in relation to the reality of existential creation itself: positive law, natural law, person, individual… Polonius: “What do you read, [...]

The Violent Assault Upon Imagination

By |2016-08-22T22:08:38-05:00August 22nd, 2016|Categories: Flannery O'Connor, Imagination, Marion Montgomery, Rule of Law, Virtue|

How fallen we are, from Dante and Beatrice to John Hinckley and Jodie Foster. “We did the best job with what we had to work with,” the twenty-two-year-old jury foreman said after the unanimous decision that Hinckley was innocent by reason of insanity. And surely that is a conclusion we must come to, examining the [...]

How Should We Treat the Evil of Flannery O’Connor’s Misfits?

By |2020-08-02T19:14:49-05:00August 15th, 2016|Categories: Flannery O'Connor, Marion Montgomery, Rule of Law|

We encounter all too often in our modern world the spectacular violence of such escapades as the Misfit’s murder of an anonymous family on a Georgia back road. Our daily press is full of such incidents. Its corollary, however, O’Connor expects us to come to through reflection. It is well to be reminded again and [...]

The Violent Assault upon Virtue

By |2016-10-01T07:00:59-05:00August 8th, 2016|Categories: Culture, Featured, Imagination, Literature, Marion Montgomery, Poetry, Virtue|

It is possible to imagine a purple cow, but only after one has some experience of “cows” and ”purple.” When one dares to enter the country of other men’s souls in quest of understanding about the nature of virtue, he enters a dangerous world, especially when that world is one fallen or falling to an [...]

M.E. Bradford & the Intoxicated Air of the Modernist Moment

By |2016-06-20T13:29:21-05:00June 2nd, 2016|Categories: Agrarianism, Aristotle, Books, Dante, Featured, Homer, Literature, M. E. Bradford, Marion Montgomery, Plato, South, Southern Agrarians, St. Augustine|

IV M.E. Bradford The principle underlying the Agrarian­-New Critic’s position as literary critic, shared generally in the New Critical move­ment at large, may be simply put: Some poems are better than other poems. He judges them as things existing in them­selves, made by that intellectual crea­ture—man. The problem term, of course, is better, since it commits intellect, willy­ [...]

M.E. Bradford: Traditionalist as Rememberer

By |2016-06-11T09:26:54-05:00May 26th, 2016|Categories: Agrarianism, Books, Featured, Language, Literature, M. E. Bradford, Marion Montgomery, South, Southern Agrarians, Tradition|

We spoke of much else besides [our business of the day]: of friends and mentors and the tumors of both—their fortunes and misfortunes, their origins and our own; of illustrative stories, many of them drawn from outside the narrow confines of the academy; of adversaries ancient and modern; of our delight in the progress of [...]

The Truth of Things

By |2019-11-21T13:22:26-06:00August 17th, 2013|Categories: Christendom, Culture, Liberal Learning, Marion Montgomery|

Even “academic” specialization might be recovered as desirable, but desirable as a means to a higher end in service to the body of community, not merely servicing the appetitive order of individuals collectively called society, but in service to the community as a body of members. In that term society the nature of community, as [...]

Marion Montgomery: Prophet Philosopher

By |2016-06-13T15:49:17-05:00June 19th, 2013|Categories: Books, Featured, Flannery O'Connor, Marion Montgomery, South|Tags: , |

Marion Montgomery The Prophetic Poet and the Spirit of the Age by Marion Montgomery (in three volumes): Why Flannery O’Connor Stayed Home (1981), Why Poe Drank Liquor (1983), Why Hawthorne Was Melancholy (1984) Marion Montgomery’s trilogy is an ambitious, indeed audacious, assessment of the social, political, literary, religions, and philosophical temper of the [...]

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