The chief reason to buy The Spectacle of Skill, a new anthology of Robert Hughes’s writings, is for Hughes’s memoir, though everything in it is worth reading for the first or the fifth time.
Like Herodotus, Thucydides, Montaigne, and Proust, Edward Gibbon (1737–1794) was a one-book wonder.
Europe still imagines that it can live off the social and cultural capital of its past. But if the Christian sources of that social and cultural capital aren’t renewed, the account may be bankrupted and the entire edifice may fall.
Loneliness is the modern predicament and it’s getting worse. Christmas is a reminder that God is with us in the midst of our lives, not outside them.
In a poisonous political culture, when moderation is precisely the treatment we need to cleanse America’s civic toxins, it invariably becomes synonymous with weakness, lack of conviction and timidity.
Tillerson’s business experience is impressive, but it tells us nothing important about whether he is a good choice for secretary of state. What is most relevant, and what the senators who question him during his confirmation hearings will want to illuminate, is what are his views on American foreign policy?
A college whose leadership is committed to the great Catholic tradition of liberal learning, and to Catholic leadership in the reform of an increasingly incoherent and authoritarian American intellectual and educational culture, would celebrate Tony Esolen’s contributions. It certainly wouldn’t coddle his persecutors.
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