America is at its best when we recognize the salutary influence of a shared way of life.
James Matthew Wilson
The American story needs to be retold in a way that underscores and reaffirms the truth about the nature of human beings and society.
David Pryce-Jones's Signatures reminds us of a more dire and serious age but also of one in some ways more genuinely human than our own.
Liberal education exists to help us become more truly ourselves, but it begins with the assumption that we do not yet know who we are.
Nature hates a vacuum, and if modern civic life does not fill itself with a range of sound mystiques, others, more dark, will make an entrance.
Perhaps the memory of that metaphysical right to property informs our fears, and could lead to a restoration of human flourishing.
A rich, entertaining, and often instructive selection of Russell Kirk’s correspondence.
Can lyric poetry save us from our Hobbesian selves?
James Matthew Wilson is the Cullen Foundation Chair in English Literature, Professor of Humanities, and Director of the MFA program in Creative Writing at the University of Saint Thomas. His most recent book is The Strangeness of the Good (Angelico, 2020).