Musings of a Damn Yankee
Friends, FYI—yesterday, Jonah Goldberg published a review of The Reactionary Mind at his newsletter, The Dispatch. Believe it or not, he liked it. (Well, sort of.) Take a look: I got the book, picked it up, and … I loved it. It’s written in brisk, inviting, oddly unpretentious prose. The author, Michael Warren Davis, isContinue reading “Jonah Goldberg on ‘The Reactionary Mind’”
Over at The American Conservative, editorial fellow Carmel Richardson—the best young journalist out there, in my opinion—has an outstanding piece called “Peak Anti-Natalism.” If you haven’t done so, check it out. Ostensibly, it’s about the disastrous effects the COVID vaccines have on pregnant women. She cites a new study from New Zealand, which “found theContinue reading “On the ‘Flirty Thirties’”
For weeks now I’ve been looking for an excuse to write about my new favorite magazine, Hearth & Field. I strongly urge all of you to subscribe immediately. The folks at H&F are orthodox Catholics. It’s not a Catholic magazine per se, but it definitely reflects Catholic interests. They’re agrarians, localists, homesteaders, homeschoolers, Luddites, andContinue reading “Welcome to the Zuckerverse”
You might have noticed that, already—two days after its publication—The Reactionary Mind is out of stock everywhere you look. Amazon doesn’t have it. Bookshop.org doesn’t have it. Book Depository doesn’t have it. A friend in Australia tried to order it through Abbey’s in Sydney, the best bookshop in the Eastern Hemisphere. They canceled his orderContinue reading “Sold Out!”
The Culture War as we know it is over, and we’ve lost. Now, mark my words carefully. I said the Culture War as we know it is over. The war for our country’s soul has only just begun. What’s over now is what you might call the Napoleonic Phase of the Culture War: the two armies inContinue reading “Culture War as Guerilla War”
As of this moment—Tuesday at 2 p.m.—The Reactionary Mind is #1 in new releases for political philosophy and modern philosophy. Veteran journalists and other cynics would tell you that’s not actually a big accomplishment. It’s easy to top those (very niche) charts on Publication Day. Which is… uh, true. But I’m going to enjoy itContinue reading “Climbing the Charts”
[Today is Publication Day for The Reactionary Mind, so I thought I’d share my favorite part of the book, from the conclusion. Here’s my summary of how to be a reactionary. Enjoy.] Above all, though, be happy. Live well, and go to Heaven. If you can do nothing else, do that. The reactionary is oneContinue reading “How to Be a Reactionary”
“What are you doing?” Mr. Hall shouted from his tractor. He owns the farm next to my friend Dan’s. Dan was hoping Mr. Hall wouldn’t come by that part of the field today. Oh well. There was Dan, shoveling manure out of the back of his Ford Explorer. “I’m shoveling manure,” he replied. The oldContinue reading “Lament For The Pickup Truck”
[In my latest for The American Conservative I talk about urban, progressive liberals who love the countryside… but not the country way of life. Here’s a sample.] What’s sad is that these urban progressives will never experience (much less understand) the sort of simple, rustic existence to which they feel so drawn. Groff writes, InContinue reading “In Praise Of Country Living”
[Over at my Substack, I posted some advanced praise for The Reactionary Mind. Here it is, in case you missed it.] Rod Dreher, author of Live Not By Lies: The word “reactionary” suffers from bad press, but as Michael Warren Davis writes, “a reactionary is born every time a Westerner recognizes how entrenched the dogma ofContinue reading “Rod Dreher on ‘The Reactionary Mind’”
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