Straussians, Founders, and the Faith

Leo Strauss and Anglo-American Democracy: A Conservative Critique by Grant Havers. Northern Illinois University Press, 2013. Hardcover, 256 pp., $37. Grant Havers’s study of the Straussian persuasion may be too relentlessly honest to win applause from mainstream...

Selected resources on Edmund Burke

Rutgers University hosts an online selected bibliography of primary and secondary sources on Burke collected by Frans De Bruyn (slightly dated now, but still useful). Liberty Fund hosts “Further Reflections on the Revolution in France,” an anthology of Burke’s...

Better Average Than Unequal

Average Is Over: Powering America Beyond the Age of the Great Stagnation by Tyler Cowen. New York, NY: Dutton, 2013. Hardcover, 290 pages, $26.95. In his latest book, Tyler Cowen takes up where The Great Stagnation, his penultimate work, left off. If America’s economy...

On W. C. Fields’s Tombstone

In Joseph Epstein’s recent book, Essays in Biography, we find a chapter entitled “Never Give a Sucker an Even Break.” It is obviously an essay devoted to the great comedian W. C. Fields. I have often wondered: What would happen to me if I did not take Field’s famous...

Contradictions and the Burkean … Lovecraft?

The Classic Horror Stories by H. P. Lovecraft, edited by Roger Luckhurst. Oxford University Press, 2013. Hardcover, xxxvi + 487 pages, $25. Howard Philips Lovecraft (1890–1937) is, after Poe, the most important and influential American writer of horror fiction. This,...

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