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Olde Tyme Hardcore

So the fall semester is finally in sufficient order that I can return to blogging. I don’t imagine that I was particularly missed. But I’ll proceed on the assumption that at least some readers liked to alternate their reflections on the very serious matters we usually discuss with one . . . . Continue Reading »

Dignity and Identity

In comments below on my post about Yuval Levin’s book, Imagining the Future , Michael Peterson asks : “Will someone, somewhere, define human dignity?” Not me, at least not in this post . . . but here’s an account of what needs to happen first. One of the best passages in . . . . Continue Reading »

Scientific Americans

My review of Yuval Levin’s excellent and thought-provoking book, Imagining the Future: Science and American Democracy , is up now at First Principles. Yuval’s closing exhortation to conservatives, to write more clearly, probingly, and persuasively about human dignity, is problematic, . . . . Continue Reading »

I&C On the Road: Nashville, Tennessee

Nashville, Tennessee: home to the Southern Baptist Publishing House, the United Methodist Upper Room devotional guides, and many enormous churches. And what religious landmark do tourists want to visit? The Parthenon. Several years ago, by the way, the children and I read an historical novel on . . . . Continue Reading »

So It Begins

Yes, it’s a bit quiet around here — that’s the sound of the school year beginning anew. You’ll notice that we’ve added, at bottom right, some choice selections for your own personal reading list. Have a nice long Labor Day weekend. We’ll see you in a few. . . . . Continue Reading »

More Homeschool Reading and Resources

We start Monday, and not a moment too soon, in my view. I’ve spent the last two days scheduling everyone’s reading and other work from now till Christmas, using the lesson-plan feature at Homeschool Reporting, the record-keeping service to which we’ve subscribed since the . . . . Continue Reading »

Family Poetry: Richard Wilbur

Joe asks whether I’m having the teenager read any of Richard Wilbur’s poetry as part of her American-literature course. Wilbur, a former U.S. Poet Laureate, is an elder statesman of American letters and may well represent, though I don’t know anything about his actual politics, one . . . . Continue Reading »


Forgot one item on the teenager’s reading list for this year: How to Read a Book, by Mortimer Adler and Charles van Doren. When I handed her the book, she took one look at the title, laughed, and said, “Don’t you think it’s a little late for that?” . . . . Continue Reading »

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