In Search of Civilization

A brave and spirited assault against the forces of cultural entropy, this meditation upon the virtues of civilization by a down-to-earth philosopher proves that what is most missing from our civic discourse is a long-range perspective steeped in enduring verities.

April 19: "What you see first, after the starting gun's crack, is a column of bobbing runners, thousands of them, surging downhill..."

Donna Tartt's The Goldfinch is the winner of the 2014 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. James Parker calls this Dickensian coming-of-age novel "an enveloping…