Book Review: Siddhartha 

By Sarah Schweizer It took three summers of living in the town small town of Montagnola, Switzerland, pointing German tourists toward his house at the end of every morning run, and one moment of sheer desperation for me to finally read a book by the German Modernist writer Hermann Hesse. Hesse, I discovered, had influenced the American beat poets in the mid-1900s and somehow avoided … Continue reading Book Review: Siddhartha 

Satire: Freshman Disorientation

By Noah Weinrich Among the reunited friends and classmates returning to Hillsdale College this fall wanders a strange new social group: a swarm of wide-eyed, eager students commonly referred to as “freshmen.” They explore the campus, taking pictures in front of Ronald Reagan and Central Hall. An investigation into these newcomers has yielded several key statistics: 64% have expressed an intention to major in politics, … Continue reading Satire: Freshman Disorientation

Fifty Shades of Grey: Not Everything I Thought It Would Be

Fifty Shades of Grey’s reputation precedes it, and passionate critics and defenders rush to add their voices to the chatter whenever the topic surfaces. We defame the books as pornographic and dismiss them as horrendous literature that wreaks havoc on the intellectual welfare of the general population. I too originally dismissed the series as a plotless joke, and it was not until I actually read … Continue reading Fifty Shades of Grey: Not Everything I Thought It Would Be

The Pilgrim Found: A Review of Gregory Wolfe’s Biography, Malcolm Muggeridge

“The Catholic faith is, I believe, a right faith in essentials but it must grow up inside one. Evolve through suffering to have values.”  -Malcolm Muggeridge to Alec Vidler (43) Malcolm Muggeridge: A Biography by Gregory Wolfe (1995) ISI Books: Irvington, Delaware. When one asks the average modern person their thoughts on Malcolm Muggeridge, their response will likely be mild bewilderment. For all intents and purposes, … Continue reading The Pilgrim Found: A Review of Gregory Wolfe’s Biography, Malcolm Muggeridge

Letter From the Editor, April 2015

Letter from the Editor In 2003, Hans Zeiger founded a small newspaper at Hillsdale College “To facilitate a forum for Conservative issues in order to stimulate thinking on various aspects of political life.” That newspaper, the Hillsdale Conservative, hoped to combat liberalism across America, and worked with the Hillsdale College Republicans to pursue that goal. When that relationship proved rocky, Zeiger ceded the role of … Continue reading Letter From the Editor, April 2015

Courageous Specialization

“Your work is to keep cranking the flywheel that turns the gears that spin the belt in the engine of belief that keeps you and your desk in midair,” Annie Dillard says of writing; reading often has a similar self-propelling precarity to it. Page 271 of the Phenomenology of Perception was one of those diminutive daily passions. Two hundred and seventy pages in, my eyes were crossing as, ironically, they tried to follow a description of … Continue reading Courageous Specialization

Letter From the Editor, February 2015

February 2015’s issue of The Hillsdale Forum is here. Inside: five essays (including a review), two interviews, a “humor” item, and, least of all, this letter. Briefly, senior Sean Kunath explains why he loves his fountain pens so much (page 10), and Assistant Professor of Education Dr. Jeffrey Lehman explains just a bit of what we talk about when we talk about the liberal arts … Continue reading Letter From the Editor, February 2015

In Defense of the Singular ‘They’

by Chris McCaffery This essay was originally written for Dr. Daniel Coupland’s EDU 101: English Grammar course. Believers in strict proscription in grammatical construction advocate the use of he as the neuter singular pronoun. This is an imperfect attempt to make up for English’s lack of a natural neuter singular pronoun. When attempting to follow a proscribed rule and preserve the numerical consistency of pronoun … Continue reading In Defense of the Singular ‘They’

John Keats’ Vision for Art in ‘Ode on a Grecian Urn’

(Greg Wolfe’s mission inspires a reading of Keats’ well-known poem) This essay is adapted from a paper originally written for Dr. Lorraine Eadie’s ENG 330: Restoration and Romantic British Literature. “Beauty is truth, truth, beauty.” In his lecture “Conservatism and the Arts: A Lover’s Quarrel,” [Hillsdale College, October 2014] Greg Wolfe argued that in order to conserve what is good, true, and beautiful, the form … Continue reading John Keats’ Vision for Art in ‘Ode on a Grecian Urn’