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In many American high schools, the teaching of literature is in the sere and yellow leaf. One reason for this decay is the unsatisfactory quality of many programs of...
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A circuitous review of J.R.R. Tolkien, The Fall of Arthur, ed. by Christopher Tolkien (Boston, MA: Houghton Mifflin, 2013). For those of us who have had a life-long passion for and of all things Tolkien, his...
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Peter Kalkavage, The Logic of Desire: An Introduction to Hegel’s Phenomenology of Spirit, Paul Dry books Hegel’s Phenomenology of Spirit is an enthralling “picture gallery” (447)* of the successive...
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There are only a few authors whose works bear the power of changing the way the whole world is perceived by people. Fyodor Dostoevsky is one of those authors; and one of the ways that Dostoevsky has made...
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Why do we love Plato? Because Plato himself was a lover: lover of comrades, lover of the intoxication of dialectical revelry, passionate seeker of the elusive reality behind thoughts and things. We love...

Alexander Hamilton: A Biography, by Forrest McDonald, New York: W. W. Norton & Co., That Alexander Hamilton was among the most luminous and creative of the Founding Fathers every schoolboy has at least an inkling. That...
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In 1958, at a Dutch bash held in his honor, J.R.R. Tolkien told his audience: I look East, West, North, South, and I do not see Sauron. But I see that Saruman has many descendants. We Hobbits have against them...

The Founders’ Key: The Divine and Natural Connection Between the Declaration and the Constitution and What We Risk by Losing It, by Larry P. Arnn. Nashville: Thomas Nelson, 2012. 224 pp. The Founders’ Key...
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Statecraft as Soulcraft: What Government Does, by George Will. Simon and Schuster. 186 pp. Suffused with the thoughts of Burke and Tocqueville, George Will's slim book is an exhortation demanding political views imaginative...
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Grand New Party: How Republicans Can Win the Working Class and Save the American Dream by Ross Douthat and Reihan Salam (New York: Doubleday, 2008). Thomas Frank’s 2004 What’s the Matter with...
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This short series on dystopian literature has been a guide and little more. A longer analysis would do justice to a number of authors who deserve to be studied. The great Kurt Vonnegut offered the darkest of...
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The Literary Correspondence of Donald Davidson and Allen Tate edited by John Tyree Fain and Thomas Daniel Young. Of those sources ordinarily consulted by literary historians and critics, letters are surely among the most suspect. In...
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"I understand that if I attack the West, the Poles will honor their commitments to their allies and attack us. This is why I have decided to attack Poland." -Adolf Hitler, 22 August 1939 Berchtesgaden officers conference
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Of contemporary thinkers, no one engages the essence of dystopia more than the Canadian author and professor, Margaret Atwood. She is, unquestionably, one of the most important women of letters, offering social and cultural criticisms in the vein...