Chronicles Magazine History

The Romantic Reaction

In the Afterword to the third edition of The Pilgrim's Regress, C.S. Lewis argued that Romanticism had acquired so many different meanings that it had become meaningless. "I would not now use this word . . . to describe anything," he complained.

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  • Sins of Omission

    Foss's Flying Circus

    In the early 1960's, I was introduced to a fellow motorcycle rider by the name of Steve Foss. Before I could say anything, he quickly offered, "No relation to Joe Foss." He had anticipated my question and that of nearly everyone he had met for...

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  • REVIEWS

    Truth of Blood and Time

    When I was a college student in the late 1980's, the obsession of conservative activists in academia was summed up in the buzzword relativism. By the early 90's, that term had been paired with nihilism, understood to be relativism's darker and...

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