Friday, July 31, 2020

Reading Rat - July 2020

Articles, Essays, Reviews

The Legend of the Lake Michigan Triangle, by Archer Parquette, Milwaukee Magazine

Are Protests Dangerous? What Experts Say May Depend on Who’s Protesting What: Public health experts decried the anti-lockdown protests as dangerous gatherings in a pandemic. Health experts seem less comfortable doing so now that the marches are against racism. By Michael Powell, The New York Times

State task force to focus on expanding broadband internet access, by JT Cestkowski, WKOW Madison

How to Design a Post-Pandemic City, by Alex Wittenberg, Bloomberg CityLab (via Scottt Olster at LinkedIn

How 'White Fragility' Talks Down to Black People, by John McWhorter, review of White Fragility, by Robin DiAngelo, The Atlantic

Stan Lee’s American pantheon, by Sam Leith, review of Stan Lee: A Life in Comics, by Liel Leibovitz, Prospect Magazine

Wilder than the wind: Re-reading Virginia Woolf’s Orlando, by Lauren Elkin, Times LIterary Supplement

Stanley Fish and the Argument Against Free Speech, by Blake Smith, Tablet

I Tried It: Learning Guitar While Stuck at Home, by Archer Parquette, Milwaukee Magazine

The Characteristics of White Supremacy Culture, From Dismantling Racism: A Workbook for Social Change Groups, by Kenneth Jones and Tema Okun, ChangeWork, 2001, at Showing Up for Racial Justice (via Mickey Kaus)

Have $2 Million? You Could Buy Tony Zielinski’s House in Bay View, by Kristine Hansen, Milwaukee Magazine

The Constitution and the Antagonist World, by Russell Kirk, from Rights and Duties: Reflections on our Conservative Constitution (Spence Publishing Company, 1997), at The Russell Kirk Center

Top-10 things to understand about making political contributions, by Jason Kohout and Erika Alba, Wisconsin Law Journal

Tree Houses on Lost Ridge is, or was, the name of a vacation home development outside Galena, Illinois, which included several Braniger-built Bartoli-Brady designed "tree houses, there called Bartoli Ridgetoppers. We called the one we rented a few times "The Old Jetson Place" because of the design. It and several other examples are at 2 Lost Ridge Lane, a fixer-upper, 4 Lost Ridge Lane, and 6 Lost Ridge Lane, 7 Lost Ridge Lane #204, and 8 Lost Ridge Lane. The Treehouse Villas at Disney's Saratoga Springs Resort & Spa are a related design.

Events

Great Conversation Reading Group, Current Reading from the Ten Years Reading Plan in Great Books of the Western World:
- August 2020: Principles of Psychology, Ch. VIII-X, by William James
- September 2020: Tristam Shandy, by Laurence Sterne

Great Books 2018-2019 Readings for the Great Books Roundtable Discussions at Special Collections on the Fourth Floor of the Golda Meir Library, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee;

Tuesday, June 30, 2020

Reading Rat - June 2020

How to Calculate Your Printer’s Cost per Page, by Eric Stowell, LD Blog

How the Pandemic Is Clouding the Hop’s Future: As the coronavirus cuts into the Milwaukee streetcar’s ridership, it also raises long-term questions about changing transit habits, by Larry Sandler, Milwaukee Magazine

Radiation Politics in a Pandemic: Why is Covid-19 science making us more partisan? by Taylor Dotson, The New Atlantis

What’s The Correct Way To Organize Your Bookshelf? Debate Club feature at FiveThirtyEight

As progressive icons fall, Madison feels the pain and heaviness of history, by Ruth Conniff, Wisconsin Examiner

The Architecture of Servitude and Boredom, by Russell Kirk, The Russell Kirk Center

Catastrophism and Control, by Theodore Dalrymple, review of Épidémies: vrais dangers et fausses alertes, by Didier Raoult, and The Rules of Contagion: Why Things Spread—and Why They Stop, by Adam Kucharski, First Things

Events

Guide to Events Summer 2020, Franklin Public Library, Franklin, Wisconsin

Great Conversation Reading Group, Current Reading from the Ten Years Reading Plan in Great Books of the Western World:
July, Faust, by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, Part I;
August, Principles of Psychology, by William James, Ch. VIII-X;

Sunday, May 31, 2020

Reading Rat - May 2020

Articles, Essays, Reviews

Teaching cursive and/or coding: Where should Wisconsin draw (or type) the line? by Jeremy Thiesfeldt, Badger Institute

Televisions with the best OTA tuners, antennas, Samsung Q60T television and Roku best for streaming, Sound Advice column, by Don Lindich (via Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)

With schools closed, these South Milwaukee theater students created a virtual play, 'The Quaranteens', by Alec Johnson, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Events

Imagine Your Story, Collaborative Summer Reading Program

Great Conversation Reading Group, Current Reading from the Ten Years Reading Plan in Great Books of the Western World:
June, Capital, by Karl Marx, Prefaces, Part I-II;
July, Faust, by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, Part I

Thursday, April 30, 2020

Reading Rat - April 2020

Articles, Essays, Reviews

I apologise to the Jewish community — rebuilding your trust starts now, by Keir Starmer, Evening Standard

How Rituals and Focus Can Turn Isolation Into a Time for Growth, by Arthur Kleinman, The Wall Street Journal

Why New Jersey’s Unemployment Insurance System Uses a 60-Year-Old Programming Language, by Elena Botella, Slate

Student Library at the Open Library

Outside government: compassion, innovation, flexibility, Highway funding, which relies on the gas tax, will be hard hit as fuel sales decline, by Marie Rohde, Badger Institute

Universal School Library at the Internet Archive

Milwaukee Public Libraries Increase Digital Access to Members, Milwaukee Magazine

T.S. Eliot's notebook, by Jayme Stayer, at YouTube (via Jesuits)

Catholics in Crisis, by Claes G. Ryn, originally published in The American Conservative, March/April 2020, posted at the Center for the Study of Statesmanship, The Catholic University of America.

Why America Must Lead Again: Rescuing U.S. Foreign Policy After Trump, by Joseph R. Biden, Jr., Foreign Affairs, March/April 2020

The New York Times Magazine profile of Weird Al Yankovic in its April 12th edition is behind the paywall, so here's "Frankie Goes to Hollywood", Weird Al's tribute to Frankle Yankovic and guide to the 28th Annual Grammy Awards, then upcoming on February 25, 1986.

Frankie went on to win the Polka Grammy for 70 Years of Hits, but Weird Al, nominated in Comedy for Dare to Be Stupid, lost to Whoopi Goldberg.

Events

Great Conversation Reading Group, Current Reading from the Ten Years Reading Plan in Great Books of the Western World: May, The Life of Samuel Johnson, by James Boswell; June, Capital, by Karl Marx, Prefaces, Part I-II

Great Books 2018-2019 Readings for the Great Books Roundtable Discussions at Special Collections on the Fourth Floor of the Golda Meir Library, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee: May 27th, Richard II, by William Shakespeare.

Saturday, April 4, 2020

Jesus The Logician

Dallas Willard, from Christian Scholars Review, 1999, VOL. XXVIII, #4, 605-614

"ABSTRACT: In understanding how discipleship to Jesus Christ works, a major issue is how he automatically presents himself to our minds. It is characteristic of most 20th century Christians that he does not automatically come to mind as one of great intellectual power: as Lord of universities and research institutes, of the creative disciplines and scholarship. The Gospel accounts of how he actually worked, however, challenge this intellectually marginal image of him and help us to see him at home in the best of academic and scholarly settings of today, where many of us are called to be his apprentices."
(via Curtis Hancock)

Tuesday, March 31, 2020

Reading Rat - March 2020

Articles, Essays, Reviews

Two Concepts of Peace, by Jared Morgan McKinney, Modern Age

Humanity within the blast: The aetiology of the suicide bomber, a form of violent martyrdom, by Thomas Small, review of The Price of Paradise: How the suicide bomber shaped the modern age, by Iain Overton, at The Times Literary Supplement

Against the Dead Consensus, First Things

The Close Read: Winter 2020 Review, with Dr. Charles Kesler, The Claremont Review of Books podcast

Shakespeare and Classical Antiquity, by Paul A. Cantor, review of How the Classics Made Shakespeare, by Jonathan Bate, Modern Age

Announcing a National Emergency Library to Provide Digitized Books to Students and the Public, by Chris Freeland at Internet Archive Blogs

Mass Incarceration: The Whole Pie 2020, by Wendy Sawyer and Peter Wagner, Prison Policy Initiative (via Wisconsin State Public Defender)

Animal Viruses and Humans: A Narrow Divide, by Warren A. Andiman MD, new at Paul Dry Books

Events

Great Conversation Reading Group, Current Reading from the Ten Years Reading Plan in Great Books of the Western World:
April 2020, James Boswell, The Life of Samuel Johnson;
May 2020, Karl Marx, Capital, Prefaces, Part I-II

April Poetry Month Celebration: A Virtual Reading by Margaret "Peggy" Rozga and Mauricio Kilwein Guevara, April 28th 1:00 p.m. (Microsoft Teams)

Great Books 2018-2019 Readings for the Great Books Roundtable Discussions by online video conference (rather than in person at Special Collections on the Fourth Floor of the Golda Meir Library, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee); April 29th Aristophanes, Lysistrata (411 BCE), David Mulroy’s translation

Friday, March 20, 2020

Behind The Dementia

"A friend was able to convert an old VHS tape of a smallish Dr. Demento documentary that was done for Alcon 2000. Enjoy!"
-ImuyumI

Saturday, February 29, 2020

Reading Rat - February 2020

Articles, Essays, Reviews

Articles by Roger Scruton, The New Criterion archive

Know when it's time to replace plumbing fixtures, by Laura Firszt, More Content Now, The Daily Record, Wooster, Ohio (via Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)

Classic Kirk Essays: A curated selection of Russell Kirk’s classic essays, introduction by Cecilia Kirk Nelson, The Russell Kirk Center

After the Welfare State: Reconceiving Mutual Aid: The 2020 Annual Telos-Paul Piccone Institute Conference, Deutsches Haus at New York University

Why Beauty Matters, by Dana Gioia, video at First Things

In Brief, Brian Morton reviews Confessions of a Bookseller by Shaun Bythell, at The Times Literary Supplement

No flash in the pan, Reconsiderations feature by John Steele Gordon, On the beloved brainchild of George MacDonald Fraser, at The New Criterion

Cultural Debris, inaugural Featured Essay, Classic Kirk Essays: a curated selection of Russell Kirk’s perennial essays, at The Russell Kirk Center for Cultural Renewal

Unhappy Warrior: Revisiting Edmund Burke's brilliance and failure, by Ralph Lerner, review of Edmund Burke and the British Empire in the West Indies: Wealth, Power, and Slavery, by P. J. Marshall, Claremont Review of Books

Events

Great Conversation Reading Group, Current Reading from the Ten Years Reading Plan in Great Books of the Western World; March: Adam Smith, The Wealth of Nations, Book II; April: James Boswell, The Life of Samuel Johnson

Great Books 2018-2019 Readings for the Great Books Roundtable Discussions at Special Collections on the Fourth Floor of the Golda Meir Library, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee; March 25th or April 1st, Sarah Orne Jewett, "Poor Joanna Todd" Chapters 13-15 from The Country of the Pointed Firs (1910), and Ellen Glasgow, "The Shadowy Third" (1916) and "A Point in Morals" (1898)

Friday, January 31, 2020

Reading Rat - January 2020

Articles, Essays, Reviews

The 15th Annual Better-Than List, by Armond White, at National Review

Nussbaum's Surprising Conservatism, by Anthony M. Barr, review of The Cosmopolitan Tradition: A Noble but Flawed Ideal, by Martha C. Nussbaum, at Modern Age

'The History of Philosophy' (Penguin Press), by A.C. Grayling, review by David Luhrssen, at Shepherd Express

Got rid, by Sean O’brien, at The Times Literary Supplement, January 10, 2020

Milwaukee's Lost Town Of Lake, by Emily Files, WUWM

In U.S., Library Visits Outpaced Trips to Movies in 2019, by Justin McCarthy, Gallup (via Franklin Public Library)

Ayn Rand, 'The Virtue of Selfishness', Values and Virtues, Philosophy Core Concepts, by Gregory Sadler, video

The Vast Influence of Ibn Sina, Pioneer of Medicine, by Liz Tracey, JSTOR Daily

Poetry by Alfred Nicol, (then follow "Next Article" links to) Steven Peterson, Timothy Dusenbury, Elinor Ann Walker, Iain Twiddy. David B. Wester, Clinton Collister, and Sally Thomas, at First Things, January 2020

Events

Great Conversation Reading Group, Current Reading from the Ten Years Reading Plan in Great Books of the Western World: February, Jean-Jacques Rousseau, A Discourse on Political Economy; March, Adam Smith, The Wealth of Nations, Book II.

"Themes from the Philosophical Scholarship of Sarah Broadie", Thursday, February 20th, and Friday, February 21st, 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m., Eisenberg Reading Room, Sensenbrenner Hall, 1103 W. Wisconsin Ave., Milwaukee, Marquette University, Klingler College of Arts and Sciences, Department of Philosophy, Schedule

Sarah Broadie, "Mathematics in Plato's Republic", Aquinas Lecture, Sunday, February 23rd, 3:00 p.m., Marquette University, Klingler College of Arts and Sciences, Department of Philosophy, Marquette Hall, 1217 W. Wisconsin Ave., Room 100

Great Books 2018-2019 Readings for the Great Books Roundtable Discussions at Special Collections on the Fourth Floor of the Golda Meir Library, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee: February 24th, Euripides, Trojan Women.

Tuesday, December 31, 2019

Reading Rat - December 2019

Articles, Essays, Reviews

Don’t Embrace Originalism to Defend Trump’s Impeachment, by Saul Cornell, The New Republic

Roger Scruton: My 2019, The Spectator

Whose Liberalism?, by Ben Jackson, review of Liberalism at Large: The World According to the Economist, by Alexander Zevin, Boston Review

Why 'Rise of Skywalker' Fails, by Jake Meador, at First Things

Book it, by Anthony Daniels, review of What We Talk About When We Talk About Books: The History and Future of Reading, by Leah Price, at The New Criterion, December 2019

My Year In Books 2019, Goodreads

2020 in public domain, Wikipedia entry

Events

Book Nook overstock clearance sale, donated and withdrawn books $1 a bag, through January 12th, Franklin Public Library, Franklin, Wisconsin

Great Conversation Reading Group, Current Reading from the Ten Years Reading Plan in Great Books of the Western World: January, John Locke, A Letter Concerning Toleration; February, Jean-Jacques Rousseau, A Discourse on Political Economy

Great Books 2018-2019 Readings for the Great Books Roundtable Discussions at Special Collections on the Fourth Floor of the Golda Meir Library, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee: January 29th, Steve Gooch, Female Transport (1972)

Saturday, November 30, 2019

Reading Rat - November 2019

Articles, Essays, Reviews

Borrowed wealth: Forty years of PLR, by Tom Holland, at The Times Literary Supplement

‘Out of the Silent Planet’ and a New Era of Science Fiction, by John Tuttle, The University Bookman

Remembering Maimonides, by Jeremy Rosen, The Algemeiner

Harvard admits its preferences: On Students for Fair Admissions v. Harvard College & racial preferences in college admission, by Heather Mac Donald, at The New Criterion, the November 2019

50 Years Ago: Changes In Mass for Greater Apostolate, Address to a Wednesday General Audience, November 26, 1969, by Pope Paul VI, at Adoremus Bulletin, November 2019

Only Adults? Good Practices in Legal Gender Recognition for Youth, The International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer and Intersex (LGBTQI) Youth & Student Organisation (IGLYO)

Beyond the bestsellers: Lesser-known literary delights make perfect holiday gifts, by Michael Dirda, The Washington Post (via Jay Gold)

Thursday, October 31, 2019

Reading Rat - October 2019

Articles, Essays, Reviews

Pre-change: On the Burger Trail: The cheeseburger at Kopp's, by Lori Fredrich, On Milwaukee. "changing out the bun would remove a central element of what makes the Kopp's burger work."
Post-change: Notice something different about Kopp's burgers? Well, you should have, by Molly Snyder, On Milwaukee. "So when I say 'nice buns, Kopp's,' I really mean that. And not in a creepy way."

The Chefs Reinventing the Midwestern Supper Club: Once a mainstay of midcentury dining, the convivial establishments have reappeared, even as the meaning of “all-American” has become more complicated, by Ligaya Mishan, The New York Times (via Jay Gold)

World Night Market, video, Internet Archive

Wealth tax doomed Emil Seidel: Milwaukee’s first socialist mayor blamed his 1912 re-election loss on his call to tax the assets of the rich, by Mark Lisheron, at Diggings, Fall 2019

Lost, What Did We Learn essay, by Robert Campbell and Peter Vanderwarker, ArchitectureBoston

Leninthink, by Gary Saul Morson, at The New Criterion, October 2019

‘Possessed by Memory’ and ‘The American Canon’ Review: A Cat That Walks by Himself: Harold Bloom likes to portray himself as a weary critical Prometheus, assailed by flocks of eagles, by Michael Dirda, The Wall Street Journal

Slave Lives: Wisdom from Phil Salin, Reported by John Walker, Fourmilab Home Page

Events

Great Conversation Reading Group, Current Reading from the Ten Years Reading Plan in Great Books of the Western World: November, Rene Descartes, Meditations on First Philosophy; December, Benedict de Spinoza, Ethics, Part III

Great Books 2018-2019 Readings for the Great Books Roundtable Discussions at Special Collections on the Fourth Floor of the Golda Meir Library, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee: November 27th (this date subject to change), Marcel Proust, "Within A Budding Grove", Part 3, volume 2, In Search of Lost Time or Remembrance of Things Past

Monday, September 30, 2019

Reading Rat - September 2019

Articles, Essays, Reviews

It’s Time Again for Sunday Gridiron Liturgy! by Christopher Carsten, at Adoremus Bulletin, September 2019

Clarence Thomas and the Lost Constitution, by Myron Magnet, Imprimis

Spiritual matters, by by Diane Scharper, review of Teilhard’s Struggle: Embracing the Work of Evolution, by Kathleen Duffy, at The New Criterion, September 2019

'The Best Care' Back in the Air? Midwest Express Faces Significant Headwinds, by Rich Rovito, Milwaukee Magazine

Prorogation gallery: historical examples of Parliament being suspended, by Philip Salmon, The Times Literary Supplement

What Really Brought Down the Boeing 737 Max? by William Langewiesche, The New York Times

The Origin of the Secular Species, by Ben Sixsmith, review of Dominion: How the Christian Revolution Remade the World, by Tom Holland, The University Bookman

Rediscovering Bette Howland: How the work of a celebrated Chicago writer was lost and found again, by Carrie Golus, The University of Chicago Magazine

Milwaukee Archdiocese Celebrates 175-Year Anniversary: The social and economic justice side of Milwaukee’s Catholic Church, by David Luhrssen, Shepherd Express

Events

Great Conversation Reading Group, Current Reading from the Ten Years Reading Plan in Great Books of the Western World: October 2019 - Francis Bacon: Advancement of Learning [Book I, Ch. 1—Book II, Ch. 11]; November 2019 - Descartes, Meditations on the First Philosophy,

Great Books 2018-2019 Readings for the Great Books Roundtable Discussions at Special Collections on the Fourth Floor of the Golda Meir Library, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Next discussion October 30th.

Saturday, August 31, 2019

Reading Rat - August 2019

Articles, Essays, Reviews

Most Popular Books Published In August 2019: Top 200 books published in August 2019 that people have added on Goodreads.

Millennials Rely on ‘Side Hustles’ to Climb the Corporate Ladder: Young professionals who branch out have a better chance of reaching the corner office, by Arienne Cohen, Bloomberg Businessweekk (via LinkedIn)

Karl Marx: Prophet of the Present, by James Miller, review of Karl Marx: Philosophy and Revolution, by Shlomo Avineri, The New York Times

Can Britain’s Top Bookseller Save Barnes & Noble? by David Segal, The New York Times

Take It Lying Down: Finding My Feet after a Spinal Cord Injury, by Jim Linnell, from Paul Dry Books

Fouling Up 
Federalism: How Federal Grant-in-Aid Programs Drive Irrational Policymaking and Undermine Democratic Accountability, by Mike Nichols, at Insider, Summer 2019

Rediscovering the Wisdom in American History, by Wilfred McClay, Imprimis

Events

Great Conversation Reading Group, Current Reading from the Ten Years Reading Plan in Great Books of the Western World: September 2019 - Shakespeare: Othello, King Lear; October 2019 - Francis Bacon: Advancement of Learning [Book I, Ch. 1—Book II, Ch. 11].

Great Books 2018-2019 Readings for the Great Books Roundtable Discussions at Special Collections on the Fourth Floor of the Golda Meir Library, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Next discussion September 25th (corrected date).

Searching for Self: The Non-political Roots of Identity Politics, First Things Lecture with Mary Eberstadt, Austin, Texas, September 30th

Saturday, August 3, 2019

"Because beset by weakness..."

Are you weak enough to be a priest? asked Michael J. Buckley, S.J., in this 1970s essay. posted at Archdiocese of Atlanta Office of Diaconate Formation.

Wednesday, July 31, 2019

Reading Rat - July 2019

Articles, Essays, Reviews

Ex-offenders under watch, with reports by Cecelia Klingele, and by Julie Grace and Patrick Hughes. at Badger Institute

Beloit Library, City Receive State Award for New Services Model, by Ryan Silvola, Beloit Daily News

New! Wakefulness and World by Matthew Linck, Paul Dry Books

How to read 35, 50 or 100 books a year: Give up on the boring ones, by Jim Higgins, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Oshkosh Gets Air Show Thanks to This Wisconsin Avaition Enthusiast, by Lindsey Anderson, Milwaukee Magazine

9 tactics for creating a first-class interview process, LinkedIn, (via Kat de Lara, Marketing Manager, LinkedIn Talent Solutions)

Three weeks before Woodstock in 1969, Milwaukee had a rock festival with Zeppelin, Clapton and lots of rain, Here's how it happened. By Chris Foran, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Events

Hunger Book Sale, All Saints Cathedral, Milwaukee, August 1st-6th

The Virtuous Life: First Things Intellectual Retreat, New York City, August 9th-10th

Great Books 2018-2019 Readings for the Great Books Roundtable Discussions atSpecial Collections on the Fourth Floor of the Golda Meir Library, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Next discussion Tuesday, August 27th.

Gala for Western Civilization, featuring Roger Scruton, Intercollegiate Studies Institute, Philadelphia, September 19th

Liberalism and Its Discontents, Annual Gathering of the Society for Law and Culture, Russell Kirk Center, Mecosta, Michigan, May 16th

Saturday, July 20, 2019

Watch the Apollo 11 celebration with launch projected onto the Washington Monument

"On Tuesday, the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 launch, the 555-foot national symbol lit up with an image of the [363-foot] moon-bound shuttle [sic] blasting into space." (via Fox 8, Washington, DC)

Why isn't this done every 4th of July?

Sunday, June 30, 2019

Reading Rat - June 2019

Articles, Essays, Reviews

Letters: ‘There’s a Joy in Interacting With the Printed Word’: Readers discuss the decline in the use of library books at colleges and universities, The Atlantic

The Book That Exposed the Cynical Politics of Donald Duck, by Dan Piepenbring, The New Yorker

Can We Travel Faster Than Light? with Dr. Miguel Alcubierre, interview by John Michael Godier, at Event Horizon, YouTube

The Adults Who Treat Reading Like Homework, by Julie Beck, The Atlantic

Barnes & Noble, with sales falling, is sold to hedge fund, by Michelle Chapman, AP News

The Third Tolkien on View, by Michael Toscano, The University Bookman

Disorder in the Stacks: Homeless services put an increasing burden on the New York Public Library, by Stephen Eided, City Journal

Americans’ Dignity, and the Nation’s Shame, review by Addison Del Mastro, Dignity: Seeking Respect in Back Row America, by Chris Arnade, at The University Bookman

The Loyalist Argument, by William Anthony Hay, review of God against the Revolution: The Loyalist Clergy’s Case against the American Revolution, by Gregg L. Frazer, The University Bookman

Hobsbawm’s sorcery, by David Pryce-Jones, review of Eric Hobsbawm: A Life in History, by Richard J. Evans, The New Criterion

The Mystery of the Missing UW Books: More than a century ago, a charming Southern student hid a dark secret, by Travis McDade, On Wisconsin Magazine

Brave New World? A Defence Of Paradise-Engineering, by David Pearce

The Danger of the Attacks on the Electoral College, by Trent England, Imprimis

Franklin Public Library - July 2019 Newsletter, Franklin, Wisconsin

Books

Dottoressa: An American Doctor in Rome, by Susan Levenstein, at Paul Dry Books

New Release: Reason and Proper Function: A Response to Alvin Plantinga, by Kelly Fitzsimmons Burton, published by Public Philosophy Press

Events

National Conservatism, Founding Conference of the Edmund Burke Foundation, Washington DC, July 14th-16th

Hunger Book Sale, All Saints Cathedral, Milwaukee, August 1st-6th

The Virtuous Life: First Things Intellectual Retreat, New York City, August 9th-10th

Saturday, June 29, 2019

Mr. Smith stays in Albany

An Open Letter to the Honorable Alfred E. Smith, by Charles C. Marshall, The Atlantic (April 1927), and the reply, Catholic and Patriot, by Alfred E. Smith, The Atlantic (May 1927).

Friday, May 31, 2019

Reading Rat - May 2019

Articles, Essays, Reviews

Through a Glass, Darkly, by Loren Rotner, review of Hobbes's Kingdom of Light: A Study of the Foundations of Modern Political Philosophy, by Devin Stauffer, Claremont Review of Books

No Mere Textbook, by Bruce P. Frohnen, review of Land of Hope: An Invitation to the Great American Story, by Wilfred M. McClay, at The University Bookman

The ears have it, by Nicola Shulman, 'on Disney’s Dumbo and the elephant in the room', at The Times Literary Supplement

Pope Francis denies knowing of allegations against McCarrick, by Junno Arocho Esteves, Catholic News Service Vatican, National Catholic Reporter

Against David French-ism, by Sohrab Ahmari, First Things

Sacred Duty: A Soldier’s Tour at Arlington National Cemetery, by Tom Cotton, at Imprimis

Gentleman officer, by Simon Heffer; A review of A Dinner of Herbs by John Verney and Going to the Wars: A Journey in Various Directions by John Verney, at The New Criterion (via Paul Dry Books)

Author of the Month: Clarice Lispector, at London Review Bookshop

Quasimodo out of the Ashes, by Christopher Carstens, Adoremus Bulletin

Collaborative Dialogue to Maintain a Free Society, Marsha Familaro Enright interviewed by Lennie Jarratt, The Heartland Daily Podcast

Before the tree: A selection of writers and thinkers share the books that inspired them as young readers, The Times Literary Supplement

New Releases for June 2019, Goodreads

Events

Ravinia Festival Schedule, Ravinia Park, Highland Park, Illinois, May 31st-September 15th

Tale of Five Cities: Tracing the Roots of American Order to Longstanding Traditions in Human History, Alabama Student Conference, Intercollegiate Studies Institute, Montgomery, Alalbama, June 2nd--7th

The Common Good, First Things Intellectual Retreat, Washington, June 7th-8th

Plato and Platonism in Aristotle and the Aristotelian Tradition, Fourteenth Annual Marquette Summer Seminar on Aristotle and the Aristotelian Tradition, Marquette University, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, June 24th-26th 2019

Colosseum Summer Institute: A course and workshop in the art of poetry for aspiring writers, James Matthew Wilson, Director, Franciscan University, Steubenville, Ohio, July 8th-11th

The Future of the Catholic Literary Tradition, The Third Biennial Catholic Imagination Conference, Loyola University Chicago, September 19th-21st