12/01/1991

Recently, a mimeographed report made its flurried ways to faculty mailboxes of a respected American university. Quoted is one history professor's marching order for all his students' written work: "It goes without saying that all assignments will be written in clear and elegant English." Another history professor says she asks students to write about historical [...]

Recently, a mimeographed report made its flurried ways to faculty mailboxes of a respected American university. Quoted is one history professor's marching order for all his students' written work: "It goes without saying that all assignments will be written in clear and elegant English." Another history professor says she asks students to write about historical [...]

In his 1977 book Bitterweeds, Malcolm Franklin, the stepson of William Faulkner, wrote the following reminiscence of a conversation with his stepfather: During one of these discussions Pappy turned to me and said, "Buddy, have you read Shelby Foote's Shiloh?" I said no, and he told me, "Well, Buddy, you should read it. It's the damnedest book [...]

Dear Phil: I won't respond by the numbers to your paper, since various items you adduced   can be re-grouped. But I must say, I was enormously impressed, even moved, at the piece of work you have done, and I'd also say that virtually the entire list which you adduce of blots on the Catholic escutcheon [...]

Less than 75 years after it officially began, the contest between capitalism and socialism is over: capitalism has won. ~Robert Heilbroner Definition: Liberty is the reign of conscience. ~Lord Acton We are facing a new relation between "the first and second liberties" — religious liberty and economic liberty — as we begin the second hundred [...]

Christianity means that "you cannot like money" and that "your parents and the rest of your family are going to hell." One of my best friends, a Southern Baptist trying to convert the world, informed me of these facts almost nine years ago. Kent's statements made me angry and a bit incredulous, but they did [...]

It is difficult to get a clear view of the times in which we live. Our interest in the present is far more practical than theoretical, of course — we are living in it, not looking at it. For all that, living presupposes at least some looking, and there are two major ways of gaining [...]

The feast of St. Luke was one of those perfectly beautiful October days in Washington, a Friday.  After a noon class in which I was discoursing on Hobbes, a Saudi student in class told me that he liked this material. Machiavelli and Hobbes were not allowed to be studied in his country, he explained. His [...]

St. Agnes Eve — Ah, bitter chill it was! The owl, for all his feathers, was a-cold; The hare limp'd trembling through the frozen grass, And silent were the flock in woolly fold: Numb were the Beadsman's fingers, while he told His rosary, and while his frosted breath, Like pious incense from a censer old, [...]

At Butler University the most hotly debated topic at residence hall government meetings is 24-hour visitation. The rationale for "24-hour vis," in which visitors of the opposite sex can come and go freely in the dormitories 24 hours a day without restriction, is that, well, couples live together anyway without the benefit of marriage in [...]

The fence is set back about ten yards from the two-lane road several miles east of Culpepper, Virginia. I get out, swing open the gate, drive through, get out again and shut it behind me. There, up ahead of me, behind the maples and cedars and boxwoods, stands Rose Hill. I drive up on the [...]

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