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<b>Two Minds</b>

Two Minds

February 16, 2015  

by Wendell Berry
Inevitably, says farmer-poet Wendell Berry, we come to inhabit two worlds: the one that actually is, and the one we imagine. Navigating between them isn't easy – not least because, in nearly every one of us today, "two minds" are at war with each other over the privilege of steering our course.

Articles / Essays

<b>Europe: ‘Too old for its own truths and victories’?</b>

Europe: ‘Too old for its own truths and victories’?

January 23, 2015  

Rémi Brague
Today's West is concerned with 'sustainability' almost to the point of obsession: of resources, of companies, of cars, of vacations. But Europe, argues one of its leading thinkers, finds itself in the middle of a centuries-old experiment that puts the sustainability of not only its own existence but that of all mankind on the line. How did we get here? And do we have the metaphysical goods to get ourselves out?
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Interviews

“Yellow Ants,” Fundamentalists, and Cowboys – An interview with Rémi Brague

“Yellow Ants,” Fundamentalists, and Cowboys – An interview with Rémi Brague

October 29, 2009  

Interview and translation by Diederik Boomsma & Yoram Stein We interview the French intellectual Rémi Brague, about his life and work. The question of whether and in what way the West is unique forms a large part of the interview. Whether one can sensibly speak of “three religions of the book”, whether Brague is a Straussian, what the civilizational role of poverty, humility, and cultural inferiority complexes are, and whether Americans really are cultural cowboys, each get discussed in turn.

Book Reviews

<b>Clarion Vines: 2009 Château Pédesclaux</b>

Clarion Vines: 2009 Château Pédesclaux

February 16, 2015  

Jonathan D. Price
The Clarion's œnologist – nay, œnologian-in-residence returns to the southwest of l'héxagone for this latest edition of Clarion Vines.

Poetry

Whisper

Whisper

January 26, 2010  

Jeffrey Bilbro
A parody of Allen Ginsberg's Howl. In "Whisper" Mr. Bilbro breaks down some of the feelings of and about Generation ME. A thought-provoking piece that should be required reading in all freshman English classes.

Fiction

A Dove Descending: Part III of III

A Dove Descending: Part III of III

January 8, 2013  

Roger Scruton The Clarion Review is proud to present the third and final installment of this novella by writer and philosopher Roger Scruton. Zoë's dreams of meeting her destiny on the streets of London are running aground fast. To whom will she turn? To Dr Leacock, the predatory postmodern professor who's always too ready to help? To Michael, the mysterious art student, who surely pours his angst into something worth living for? Back to her mother, whom she disgraced by her flight, and whom she still resents? Zoë takes her stand; will the world turn with her?

Featured Essays

<b>Clarion Vines: 2009 Château Pédesclaux</b>

Clarion Vines: 2009 Château Pédesclaux

Jonathan D. Price
The Clarion's œnologist – nay, œnologian-in-residence returns to the southwest of l'héxagone for this latest edition of Clarion Vines.
<b>Europe: ‘Too old for its own truths and victories’?</b>

Europe: ‘Too old for its own truths and victories’?

Rémi Brague
Today's West is concerned with 'sustainability' almost to the point of obsession: of resources, of companies, of cars, of vacations. But Europe, argues one of its leading thinkers, finds itself in the middle of a centuries-old experiment that puts the sustainability of not only its own existence but that of all mankind on the line. How did we get here? And do we have the metaphysical goods to get ourselves out?
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<b>Clarion Vines: A Column for the Future Wines of History</b>

Clarion Vines: A Column for the Future Wines of History

Jonathan D. Price
Plato’s thoughts on love in the Symposium are shared over wine; Jesus offers eternal life together with the Source of All in the drink. In this new column, Executive Editor Jonathan D. Price will review wines for the prospective drinker: What should I pay? How long should I wait? Is there any accounting for taste? As he does so, he will also encourage the reader to develop a phronema for the proper enjoyment of wine: not as a mere sensory thrill, but as a gateway to contemplation of the sublime.
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Featured Poetry

Motel Mary Poppins

Motel Mary Poppins

Br. Benedict Joseph of the Cross
In More Tramps Abroad, Mark Twain wrote, “Every man is a moon, and has a dark side which he never shows to anybody.” For some, when an average weekend’s relative liberties do not suffice, Halloween is the perfect time to let the mask fall precisely by donning one. But in this poem All Hallows’ Eve is the occasion for a rather different kind of transfiguration.
Whisper

Whisper

Jeffrey Bilbro
A parody of Allen Ginsberg's Howl. In "Whisper" Mr. Bilbro breaks down some of the feelings of and about Generation ME. A thought-provoking piece that should be required reading in all freshman English classes.
Following the Ancients

Following the Ancients

Pamela Pignataro
The world did not start when you were born, so let the paths of the ancients lead you through your life.
Ode to a Cemetery on All Souls Day

Ode to a Cemetery on All Souls Day

Kenneth DiMaggio Halloween Was for the rest of America...
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From the Archives

“Yellow Ants,” Fundamentalists, and Cowboys – An interview with Rémi Brague

“Yellow Ants,” Fundamentalists, and Cowboys – An interview with Rémi Brague

Interview and translation by Diederik Boomsma & Yoram Stein We interview the French intellectual Rémi Brague, about his life and work. The question of whether and in what way the West is unique forms a large part of the interview. Whether one can sensibly speak of “three religions of the book”, whether Brague is a Straussian, what the civilizational role of poverty, humility, and cultural inferiority complexes are, and whether Americans really are cultural cowboys, each get discussed in turn.
“Cows too…can easily be made into ideas”: An Interview with Roger Scruton

“Cows too…can easily be made into ideas”: An Interview with Roger Scruton

Interviewer: Diederik Boomsma
What distinguishes conservatism from classical liberalism? The problem with classical liberalism is that it never pauses to examine what is involved in ‘not harming others’. Do I leave others unharmed when I destroy my capacity for personal relationships, through drug-taking, promiscuity, or porn addiction? Do I leave them unharmed when I stupefy myself with pop music? I have nothing against individualism, so long as it is recognized that the individual is created by a community and by the moral constraints that prevail in it. The individual is not the foundation of society but its most important by-product.
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