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Richard Carroll

Southerner, Catholic, monarchist, and bibliophile.

Immortal Fragments: Sappho's Poetry

When looking across the Western literary canon, it quickly appears that writing is, in a sense, a man's game. Take a list of recommended authors from before the era of political correctness, and one generally finds only a few women represented. To take a convenient example, Mortimer Adler and Charles van Doren's list of essential authors from the first appendix to How to Read a Book (which includes fiction and non-fiction) has only one female author, with Jane Austen standing alone to represent

A Confucian Take On History: The Book Of Documents

When beginning a study of Confucianism, the most common starting-point is the Analects of Confucius, a reasonable choice since it's the most easily available book of the Confucian canon as well as the book most that gives us the most material from Confucius himself. When reading it, though, one quickly realises that Confucius draws a great deal of his teaching from prior sources. "A transmitter and not a maker," he describes himself in Book VII, Chapter I of that work, "believing in and loving t

The Things They Carried

When looking for something to read, either for myself or a recommendation for someone else, I usually look for something old. The older the better, in fact, because even aside from questions of historical significance the test of time is the surest quality filter I’m aware of. Now, though I’m quite comfortable ignoring the New York Times bestseller list, occasionally I do find something worthwhile among new works (“new” relative to the literary canon, that is, so to clarify, I basically just mea

Hesiod's Works and Days

Among Greek poets, two stand tall above all the others, Homer and Hesiod. One can easily see Homer’s appeal, with his renowned tales of heroes, war, and adventure, told with great craftsmanship and sublimity. Then you have Hesiod, who surveys the fields, tugs at his overalls, and says, “Good season for crops.” Well, okay, that's totally unfair to Hesiod, but the two epic poets’ themes and subjects matter could hardly be more different. Before getting into that, though, let’s back up a little. He

Aristotle's Poetics: A Review

Much of the process of moving politically Rightward consists in correcting the inadequacies of one's education. This process is most obvious in things like history or politics, but is certainly present in the arts, as well. Though a handful of books from the Western canon are still commonly covered in school, like The Odyssey or some of Shakespeare's work, most curricula, even at the university level, fall far short of a comprehensive treatment. I majored in literature in college, and even aside

Chesterton And The Man Who Was Thursday

What's there to say about G. K. Chesterton? He's a contender for the most-quoted man on the Right; spend some time in any broadly Right-wing community, Conservative, Reactionary, or even just moderate Christian, and it won't be long before someone quotes one of his famous aphorisms or anecdotes. Though not a particularly rigorous thinker, and a bit light for those used to reading the Joseph de Maistres and Julius Evolas of the world, he's among the best authors who've written primarily for popul