Second Interview with Christopher Dawson 1961

“They’ve got their history wrong.  The best fruits came precisely from Christian humanism.  When Christianity and humanism touch, the best things emerge.” “The great Christian humanists, men like St. Thomas More, Vives, Erasmus, Castellion and others, were ever… Read More

November 5 Acton Lecture (Grand Rapids)

Acton is treating Russell Kirk (and me!) extremely well.

Russell Kirk, “Selections for High School Students,” 1983

Fascinating piece on what high school students should read to awake the moral imagination. rak what to read in high school 1983

Aldous Huxley, “Writers and Readers,” 1936

This is one of the finest essays I’ve read on the nature of propaganda.  Huxley compares ideological posturing, religious enthusiasm, and imagination.  Excellent. a huxley writers and readers

University Bookman Spring 1967 (Full Issue)

ub spring 1967 A good issue with an especially good piece on the “Law of Nations and the Law of Nature” by J.F. Costanzo, S.J.

C.S. Lewis, “Christianity and Culture,” 1940

csl christianity and culture 1940

Owen Barfield, POETIC DICTION, 1928 (Full Book)

I could go on and on about how much this book has shaped my own life and every aspect of my thought.  But, if you’re checking this out, you’re interested in Barfield, not Birzer! If you’ve not read… Read More

Plimmer Interview with J.R.R. Tolkien, 1968

1968 Plimmer Interview JRRT Source: Plimmer, Charlotte, and Denis Plimmer. “The Man Who Understands Hobbits.” London Daily Telegraph Magazine, March 22 1968, pp. 31-32, 35.

University Bookman V32 N1 1992: A Great Issue

The University Bookman at its best: two pieces by Russell Kirk as well as responses and article by Ben Lockerd, Thomas Molnar, and Michael Jordan. ub v32 n1 1992

University Bookman Issues 1989, 1993-1994

ub v29 n1 1989 ub v33 n4 1993 ub v34 n3 1994 ub v34 n4 1994

University Bookman Issues, 1987-1988

ub spring 1987 ub summer 1987 ub 1987 n5 ub v28 no1 1988 ub v28 n3 1988 ub v 28 n4 1988

Father Peter Milward, S.J. Remembers Professor J.R.R. Tolkien

Milward was one of Tolkien’s (and Lewis’s) most important students.  A Jesuit of the old school, Milward has accomplished much in a brilliant academic career. Peter Milward remembers Tolkien