This, this morning, from mighty Gerald Russello and the UNIVERSITY BOOKMAN:
Contributors in the News
The University Bookman congratulates Helen Andrews on her receipt of a prestigious Robert Novak Journalism Fellowship. Over the past few years, Helen has become a rising conservative star. She has written provocative, powerful pieces for the Bookman on subjects from the anti-suffragette movement to a sharp takedown of the work of Ta-Nehisi Coates, and has become one of our most widely read writers.
We extend our congratulations to Helen, and look forward to her future contributions to the Bookman and elsewhere (like her recent essay in American Affairs on J. S. Mill).
We also congratulate contributor Ashlee Cowles, whose Beneath Wandering Starswon the 2017 Colorado Book Award in the young adult category. The award was sponsored by Colorado Humanities.
Recently in the Bookman
We have reconsidered the legacy of Bobby Kennedy, searched for Sir Thomas Browne, and examined the “Latin Einstein,” Fr. Reginald Foster. Scott Beauchamp took a look at the conservative imagination of Coleridge, and Gracy Olmstead asks us to consider real things and why they matter. From her review:
The analog offers an enchanting complexity and beauty. It is imperfect, but something about its imperfect loveliness satiates our aching hearts to a degree that the digital cannot. It placates our inner restlessness, giving us a sense of “home” that we cannot conjure up online. Perhaps this is because we ourselves are material creatures, entwined with our corporeal senses. But there also seems to be something about physical things that can, ironically yet beautifully, give us spiritual anchors in our ever-shifting world.
Olmstead describes revivals in interest in everything from board games and localist food to film cameras and vinyl records as illustrations of humanity’s ache for the real in a false age. Conservatives should be sensitive to these movements, for they can reflect a whispering return of the moral imagination.
Russello and Brownson
Editor Gerald Russello has published a new edition of Orestes Brownson’s 1854 novel, The Spirit-Rapper, under the title Like a Roaring Lion (Cluny Media 2017). The novel is an intellectual tour de force and a spiritual odyssey through the religious kaleidoscope of nineteenth-century America. Brownson, whose work Russell Kirk admired, witnessed firsthand the obsession of his age with spiritualism and the occult, and in Like a Roaring Lion he undertakes the daunting task of illustrating its temptations and dangers.
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