The (Mis)measure of Man

The (Mis)measure of Man

The Tyranny of Metrics by Jerry Z. Muller. Princeton University Press, 2018. Hardcover, 220 pages, $25. Gene Callahan One way of defining “rationalism” (when the term is understood as a flaw rather than a virtue) is that it is the attempt to replace experience by...
Put In This World to Do Battle

Put In This World to Do Battle

Imaginative Conservatism: The Letters of Russell Kirk edited by James E. Person Jr. University of Kentucky Press, 2018. Hardcover, 432 pages, $40. Nicholas Kennicott Letters are often an intimate look into the details of a person’s life and musings, so whenever the...
The Questions Behind Populism

The Questions Behind Populism

Vox Populi: The Perils and Promises of Populism edited by Roger Kimball. Encounter Books, 2017. Hardcover, 216 pages, $24. MARLO SAFI Over the course of the 2016 Presidential election, Americans became very familiar with the resurgence of an old “ism”: populism....
A Place on the Walls

A Place on the Walls

Thoughts on Home Décor SAM BURNHAM How a home is decorated communicates the essence of the people living there. Even the briefest of glances can give a visitor insight into the personalities, religion, family ties, perhaps even the political inclinations of the...
Stories of the Lost, Wandering Soul of Modern America

Stories of the Lost, Wandering Soul of Modern America

Cloudbursts: Collected and New Stories by Thomas McGuane. Alfred A. Knopf, 2018. Cloth, 354 pages, $35. JAMES E. PERSON JR. The short stories of Thomas McGuane can be summarized in the words of John Gay’s self-chosen epitaph: “Life is a jest, and all things shew it; /...

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