Republican Cycles: Birth, Corruption, Death, Rebirth?

In nearly every class I teach–whether it’s about western civilization, the American founding, or Christian Humanism–I talk about the natural (supposedly) cycles of life, the seasons, and republics.  If you’re interested, here are my favorite quotes and art… Read More

T.E. Hulme,SPECULATIONS (Full Book)

T.E. Hulme’s posthumous masterpiece, SPECULATIONS.  Hulme was the first conservative of the twentieth-century, influencing almost too many figures to count–but most importantly T.S. Eliot and Christopher Dawson. First published in 1924, almost a decade after Hulme’s death in… Read More

John Betjeman Remembers T.S. Eliot as Teacher

John Betjeman, “The usher of Highgate Junior School,” in T.S. Eliot Symposium (Chicago, IL: Regnery, 1949), 89-92. In 1914-15 I spent two unsuccessful terms at Highgate Junior School. Mr Eliot was a tall, quiet usher there whom we… Read More

University Bookman (Spring 1972), full issue

Great issue of the University Bookman.  Featuring an article by Father James Schall and a review of Kirk’s book on T.S. Eliot. university bookman (Spring 1972)

The Holy Ground of Charleston

Upon waking this morning, the first thing I read was the New York Times coverage of the horrific massacre of innocents in Charleston, South Carolina.  Clearly, the murders were committed as an act of racial hatred, and it… Read More

Eliot’s THE CRITERION, July 1927 (Full Issue)

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Russell Kirk’s LORD OF THE HOLLOW DARK is not merely my favorite Kirk book, it is one of my favorite books, period.  It is an amazing horror story, full of real evil and real good. The good, not… Read More

Russell Kirk, “Two Plays of Resignation,” 1953

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Sewanee Review on Humanism, 1930

sewanee on humanism 1930

Another Batch of T.S. Eliot Articles

Enjoy! tse experiment in criticism tse literature of fascism tse planning and religion tse man of letters tse tradition and orthodoxy tse english tradition

AFTER STRANGE GODS by T.S. Eliot (full book)

Certainly, one of Eliot’s greatest works, despite one unfortunate remark–which Eliot himself regretted.  Still, well worth reading.  Enjoy. tse after strange gods As always, my apologies for my marginalia and notes.

The Quotable T.S. Eliot, Redux

The following quotes are from a 1933 speech Eliot gave considering the role of Catholicism (Anglo, mostly) in preserving western civilization. Source: Eliot, ESSAYS ANCIENT AND MODERN (London: Faber and Faber, 1936). “I believe that the Catholic Church,… Read More