Anthony Esolen

Anthony M. Esolen is a writer, social commentator, translator of classical poetry, and professor of English Renaissance and classical literature. He is a member of the faculty of Thomas More College of Liberal Arts.

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  • Ressentiment: He Hates, Therefore He Is
    September 2020

    Ressentiment: He Hates, Therefore He Is

    "Ressentiment" festers in the mind of a person until it manifests itself as a false sense of moral righteousness. This concept stems from a feeling of inferiority, and perfectly describes the mindset of today's violent rioters.

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  • <em>What the Editors Are Reading</em>
    July 2020

    What the Editors Are Reading

    Anthony Esolen reviews Pär Lagerkvist's Barabbas and Taki Theodoracopulos reviews Cornwell's Waterloo.

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  • Coins of the Realm
    April/May 2020

    Coins of the Realm

    It is hard for us to imagine that ordinary people used to care about the design of public objects: coins, dollars, bridges, court houses, town halls, churches, schools, and even factories.... We need new coins to reflect our modern reality.

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  • The Unbearable Burden of Being
    January 2020

    The Unbearable Burden of Being

    What has brought upon us the madness of the “transgender,” with all its sad denial of the beauty and particularity of male and female? To see the cause, we must diagnose the malady. It is boredom: an irritable impatience with the things that are. Having lost a strong sense of creation and of nature as a gift from the Creator, we reduce the natural world to a fetish-object, or to inert and meaningless stuff to be manipulated for our pleasure. That stuff includes our own bodies. It was inevitable that it should be so.

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  • September 2019

    What the Editors Are Reading

    During Russell Kirk’s fruitful lifetime I regularly took his sage advice concerning books I ought to read. Dr. Kirk had seemingly perused everything worth perusing. Thus, on his say-so in 1968, I read, marked, learned, and inwardly digested T. S. Eliot’s The Idea of a Christian Society (1939).

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