The New Yorker on The Canticle for Leibowitz

I’m always happy to see one of my favorite novels receive attention in the mainstream media.  And, as it turns out, I’m teaching this novel this coming Monday-Friday in my freshman class in Sewall College.

For a different perspective, here’s my take on the novel from a few years back:

Irving Babbitt and The Buddha

A huge thank to you everyone who has attended the CTP lectures.  They’ve been a great success.  Again, thank you.

For those of you interested in Irving Babbitt–arguably the first American conservative of the twentieth century–I’ve posted a brief essay on his relationship to the Buddha over at  Enjoy!

While Babbitt did not consider the Buddha to be perfect, he did believe that he had possessed more Stoic virtues than had the actual western Stoics. In particular, Babbitt appreciated that Buddha was “extraordinarily insistent upon the fact of sin,” whereas Occidental Stoics had ultimately embraced a form of extraordinary and supernatural optimism. The Buddha, never self-satisfied, looked only to what was eternal as essential. All things of this world would pass, thus demanding the well-centered human person to look beyond, beneath, around, and above them.