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On Susan

From the November 2012 Print Edition

Susan was a colleague in Baylor’s Honors College, not exactly a friend, though we were quite friendly. She was reserved and elegant, with a willowy figure all women couldn’t help but envy. She was a fine scholar and a beloved teacher, but she never cultivated a following, eschewing celebrity . . . . Continue Reading »

Life on the Divide

From the June/July 2012 Print Edition

On a typical afternoon, I drop off my eight-year-old daughter and her best friend at ballet lessons and return home to meet my five-year-old son’s friend for a “play date.” Their mothers and I appear to have everything in common. We all order our children’s clothes from the same upscale . . . . Continue Reading »

A Disposition of Delight

From the February 2012 Print Edition

After his death in 1990, Michael Oakeshott’s executors found dozens of unpublished but completed essays in the drawers of his desk. It’s hard to imagine a modern-day academic, under pressure to produce, leaving such a volume of work unpublished, but Oakeshott never felt compelled to bow to . . . . Continue Reading »

Shaping Up the Campus

From the May 2011 Print Edition

Crisis on Campus: A Bold Plan for Reforming Our Colleges and Universities by Mark C. Taylor Knopf, 240 pages, $24 Mark Taylor’s Crisis on Campus: A Bold Plan for Reforming Our Colleges and Universities began life as a widely noticed and controversial New York Times op-ed in 2009, after which it . . . . Continue Reading »