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In Memory of Gerald Russello
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In Memory of Gerald Russello

Gerald Russello, an author and editor often associated with Russell Kirk’s life and work, passed away on Nov. 7, 2021. He was 50 years old. Russello’s death took me by surprise, as I wasn’t aware until recently that he was fatally ill and being treated for brain cancer. Since he was around the same age...

In Memory of Thomas F. Bertonneau
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In Memory of Thomas F. Bertonneau

Although Thomas F. Bertonneau published only once in Chronicles, on science fiction in 1997, this recently deceased professor of comparative literature was a contributor to whom we should have paid closer attention.   Tom, who died of Lou Gehrig’s Disease on Sept. 21 in Oswego, New York, at the age of 66 was a versatile...

Tom Bethell (1936–2021)
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Tom Bethell (1936–2021)

With Tom Bethell’s death in February, those who refuse what Orwell called the “smelly little orthodoxies contending for our souls” have lost an eloquent and redoubtable champion. Over the course of Bethell’s five decades as a writer (consisting of seven books and hundreds of essays), the malodorous certitudes of political correctness have piled up to...

Sir Roger Scruton: Britain’s Culture Warrior
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Sir Roger Scruton: Britain’s Culture Warrior

I first heard Roger Scruton speak at the 1993 regional Philadelphia Society meeting in Dearborn, Michigan, organized to celebrate the 40th anniversary of Russell Kirk’s The Conservative Mind. Scruton spoke on the topic of “The Conservative Mind Abroad” in a soft but authoritative voice that gently drew and kept the listener’s attention. However, his professorial...

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Justin Raimondo: Anti-War Crusader

Justin Raimondo, long-time Chronicles columnist, vociferous anti-war activist, and a leading member of the paleolibertarian political movement, died June 27 at age 67 after a long battle with lung cancer. An influential champion of anti-interventionist foreign policy within the Libertarian and Republican political parties, Raimondo lobbed broadsides at warmongers left, right, and center from his...

Aaron D. Wolf: A Man of Faith and Family
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Aaron D. Wolf: A Man of Faith and Family

The executive editor of Chronicles, Aaron Wolf, died suddenly and tragically on Easter Sunday. He left behind a loving wife and six children, and colleagues and contributors to this magazine who admired him greatly. Aaron worked for Chronicles for 20 years, and his journey reflects where the magazine and the conservative cultural movement it represents...

Farewell to My Fellow Traveler
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Farewell to My Fellow Traveler

Whatever libertarians and Marxists say, human experience is neither the pursuit of self-interest nor is it class struggle. Man is made for the worship of God and for human friendship. Anyone who knew Aaron Wolf knows this truth. Aaron and I shared laughter, conversation, adventure, not a little stress, and an abundance of joy. Writing...

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Sweetness

Easter 2019 was a vivid reminder that Good Friday still precedes Easter Sunday. The global news machine brought us horrific images of Christians massacred in their churches by Islamic terrorists in Sri Lanka. And an older, more personal means of communication spread the sad, shocking news that Chronicles’ Aaron Wolf, beloved by all who knew...

Claude Polin: A Remembrance
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Claude Polin: A Remembrance

My wife and I shall visit Paris again this fall, as we have done for years, but the city will be an empty place for us following the death of our dear friend and my revered colleague, Claude Polin, on July 23.  Mercifully, Claude was spared the horrors of modern death in a nursing home...

John Addison Howard, 1921-2015: A Remembrance
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John Addison Howard, 1921-2015: A Remembrance

John Howard, founder of The Rockford Institute (publisher of Chronicles: A Magazine of American Culture), passed from this world on August 7, 2015, a week shy of his 94th birthday.  He is survived by his wife, four children, and nine grandchildren.  A memorial service in his honor was held on August 29 at Westminster Presbyterian...

Defending the Real America
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Defending the Real America

It was about 1969.  I had published a few small pieces in Modern Age and National Review.  I remember well Sam Francis calling me out of the blue, flattering me as “the best-known conservative writer” on campus, and urging me to attend the discussion group of which he was the spearhead.  I had a family,...

Requiescat In Pace Domini
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Requiescat In Pace Domini

In any age, Samuel Francis would have been a remarkable man for the penetration of his mind, his unflinching pursuit of truth—regardless of current cant or personal consequences—and the gravity of his style.  In our age, he is peerless, and his death represents an irreplaceable loss. Sam and I were friends and allies for over...