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« Free Reads -- Wendy Kohn on Christopher Alexander | Main | Bulletins from the Sickbed »

February 19, 2003

Web Crawl

Friedrich --

A few of the goodies I've stumbled across in recent days...

Daniel Libeskind's proposal for the WTC site has been widely praised. Brian Hanson and Nikos Salingaros take a different view. This is the complete version of an essay that 2Blowhards was proud to run an excerpt from a couple of weeks ago.

Brian Micklethwait likes reading Nick Hornby, Susan Isaacs, and a few of his own short stories.

Eddie Thomas and Aaron Haspel are kicking up a lot of entertaining dust on the question of Hegel: Classical Liberal or Writer of Gibberish?

Jim Ryan is up to installment eight in his not-to-be-missed introduction to the conservative philosophy of John Kekes.

Paul Mansour has turned up an excellent City Journal essay by the British new-Classicist architect Robert Adam about skyscrapers.

Sasha Castel recommends the tenors Ramon Vargas and Frank Lopardo.

Andy at Blog Lodge is enthusiastic about "All the Real Girls," David Gordon Green's first movie since "George Washington."

Alexandra Ceely has some reflections about Buddhism and art.

I dimly recall from the days when I was interested in anarchist social criticism that Paul Goodman was a poet as well as much else. (And, hey, "Communitas," a book about city planning he wrote with his architect brother Percy, was pretty good.) Mike Snider recommends some of Goodman's sonnets.

What is it with women and comic books? Let alone graphic novels? Polly Frost has set off an interesting conversation by asking these questions.

Best,

Michael

posted by Michael at February 19, 2003




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Thanks, Michael. I hope you get well soon.

Posted by: Jim on February 21, 2003 11:48 AM



Thanks for bringing John Kekes to my (our)attention! Like Oakeshott and Scruton, I've never heard of him until you brought him to our attention. I hope there are other good conservative writers out there you could also enlighten us on!

Posted by: Michael Serafin on February 21, 2003 1:59 PM



Thanks, Jim. Flus are amazing -- I always forget just how bad a relatively minor illness can feel until I fall ill again. Here's hoping you're making it through flu season unscathed.

Hey, Michael, I'm eager to hear your reactions to what you've been reading. Have you run across Thomas Sowell? He can be pretty terrific, or so I find. He writes a newspaper column that can be found on the web. But I've read maybe five or his books too, and they were first-rate. "The Vision of the Anointed" was particularly good -- a terrific discussion of the lefty/elite mindset. What politics/history authors have you found especially helpful recently?

Thanks to both of you for dropping by.

Posted by: Michael Blowhard on February 22, 2003 12:34 AM



I've read Sowell's columns, but have not yet tackled any of his books. His column on the futility of "liberal talk radio" was exactly on target! I'm only just now getting into conservative philosophers/essayists, having had my fill of libertarian authors, for whom EVERYTHING circles back to either the "war on drugs" or "gun control". I'm glad to see that conservative thought does not begin and end with either William F.Buckley,jr. or Russell Kirk. No hedonists,they!

Posted by: Michael Serafin on February 22, 2003 1:08 PM






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