Darwin, Rousseau, and History

So in response to the query of exactly one reader, here is a somewhat expanded account of part of the rest of my comments at the APSA on Kojeve and Strauss. Most of the changes are directed toward explaining and partly vindicating Darwinian Larry. They are too complicated, though, to do anything . . . . Continue Reading »

First Links — 9.26.13

The Universality of the University Jean-Luc Marion, Communio Epistolary Cather William H. Pritchard, Hudson Review Why It Matters That Jews Are Standing on the Temple Mount Christa Case Bryant, Christian Science Monitor A Q&A with Brave Genius Author Sean B. Carroll Matt Staggs, Biographile The . . . . Continue Reading »

Elegy for a Library Checkout Card

Tucked tightly in place in the back of the book, Adorned with loopy signatures, some familiar, some mysterious, The history of a volume, a confession, or perhaps a pretension, You were the dance cards in the great cotillion of the mind. Photo by Chris Blakeley via Flickr . . . . Continue Reading »


I have been reading and hearing about Ted Cruz all day.  You don’t have a second act without a first and he certainly has put on a heck of a first act.  Touring about, I’ll mention the unexpectedly positive Chris Clizza at the WaPo , ” What Ted Cruz’s speech . . . . Continue Reading »

Ted Cruz And The Politics Of Addition

I was going to blog about Breaking Bad and Flannery O’Connor, but that would take too long and I have a few more thoughts about Ted Cruz. Over on twitter, Ross Douthat described Cruz as having become the leading candidate among “the axis of talk radio/Breitbart//RedState/etc.” . . . . Continue Reading »

Gabriela Mistral

In  Tu Belleza, Tu Misericordia , Maureen Mullarkey writes of the first Latin American winner of the Nobel Prize in literature, Gabriela Mistral. For readers interested in Mistral, there is an active foundation dedicated to her work, whose website includes (in Spanish) a great deal of . . . . Continue Reading »

Travels with Weigel

In today’s On the Square , George Weigel is still making the rounds in Eastern Europe. He considers a memorial to the fallen in Lithuania, the Hill of Crosses, and the greater battle for freedom (and faith) that memorial has come to symbolize: That struggle was led by some remarkable men and . . . . Continue Reading »

My Obsession is Your ________

In today’s On the Square , Janet Smith wonders: is she obsessed with social issues? Her answer is “yes,” but she doesn’t consider that a criticism: A few paragraphs from Pope Francis’ famous interview in America have unsettled people for many reasons. My reason for . . . . Continue Reading »