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For some time I’ve had the intention of drawing up a list of what I consider to be the best books on J.R.R. Tolkien. It is, therefore, not a list of the best books by him...
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T.S. Eliot faced metaphysical crises of which even the most talented of the avant-garde were completely oblivious... Eliot and His Age: T.S. Eliot's Moral Imagination in the Twentieth Century, by Russell Kik (Random House, 1972)
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Our tradition may be in dire need of resuscitation and recollection, and it seems quite possible that the Chinese may help us in our necessity... Sour Sweet, by Timothy Mo (Sphere Books, 1982; Aventura Paperback, 1985) Shenfan, William Hinton (Random House, 1983; Vintage...

A free mind is necessary for our personal happiness, for living a good life, the life suited to our nature... Fifty years ago I shook the hand of our president,...
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Phantasia is the realm of the imagination, the realm into which nothingness first erupts, and the begin­ning of philosophy... I The Unending Story by Michael Ende is both literally and in several...
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Forgetting flawed human nature, the reason-worshipper becomes a sort of fundamentalist of the mind, convinced that intellect alone holds the key to wisdom... Today’s offering in our Timeless Essay series affords readers the opportunity to join Dermot Quinn as he examines the role of religion in Russell...
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Shortly before his death, Hans Urs von Balthasar addressed the question posed by many of those disconcerted by the large number of his books: Where must one start to understand him?... Tragedy Under Grace: Reinhold Schneider on the Experience of the West, by Hans...

Christianity, Edmund Burke held, is the great equalizer. Not only is it the first force in the world to recognize the moral equality of all men and women, but it allows the high and the low to become one in their equal desire for the good society...
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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...
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The current generation may always consider itself to be the wisest of all, but High Tory politics strives to avoid the perennial folly of this prejudice... “The next wave of American ‘conservatism’ is not...

That we remember the Articles of Confederation poorly has far more to do with the ultimate success of American nationalists than it does with actual failure or success of the Articles themselves... The Articles of...
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The past makes sense of the present. It frees us from the fetters of fashion and liberates us from the little prejudiced and provincial cosmos that the zeitgeist presents to us... Good literature takes us...

Mozart was not like us. The question as to why Mozart died so young is always superseded by: How could he have existed at all? How could you ask more of a miracle?"... Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart died...

The lack of schooling in the formation of one of every four U.S. presidents underscores the paradox that even the most humble among them were often great champions of education in general and of the liberal arts in particular...