What the Editors Are Reading

Outside of my regular reading for the courses I’m teaching—this semester, this week, Livy’s History of Rome, Books 1-5, and Spenser’s The Faerie Queene, Book 1—I have been reading mainly books and articles with some relation to nostalgia, broadly speaking.  That has included what for me have been some gratifying discoveries, such as Thomas Molnar’s The Counter-Revolution, which takes a scalpel to the root nodules of the liberal cancer infesting the Western world.  That cancer is a detestation of stable forms, says Molnar; of enduring wisdom passed down through the generations, but also of the notion that categories of existent things are what they are, with boundaries that are not subject to alteration by political force, or by the sentimental magical thinking that underlies the liberal state.  Molnar did not live to see the magical thinking of transgenderism, which by the anti-logic of the left itself can only be a bridge from nowhere to nowhere, but it fits his thesis hand in glove.

Another find has been two series of articles, in The Century Magazine from the 1880’s and 1890’s, that would surely leave the academic dalla sinistra in complete confusion.  One is by the redoubtable Mariana Griswold van Rensselaer, also known as Mrs. Schuyler van Rensselaer, the most prominent American author on architecture during her time. ...

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