Devon, PA.  As some FPR readers will know, for nearly two years I wrote a column, The Treasonous Clerk, for the web journal, First Principles.  That web journal has moved in the direction of a primer for the principles of American society and American conservatism — an excellent resource for the young, particularly undergraduates, who wish to gain a firmer sense of the American traditions of government.  You may find the newly designed (and well designed at that) site here.

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James Matthew Wilson is Associate Professor in the Department of Humanities and Augustinian Traditions at Villanova University. An award-winning scholar of philosophical-theology and literature, he has authored dozens of essays, articles, and reviews on subjects ranging from art, ethics, and politics, to meter and poetic form, from the importance of local culture to the nature of truth, goodness, and beauty. Wilson is also a poet and critic of contemporary poetry, whose work appears regularly in such magazines and journals as First Things, Modern Age, The New Criterion, Dappled Things, Measure, The Weekly Standard, Front Porch Republic, The Raintown Review, and The American Conservative. He has published five books, including most recently, a collection of poems, Some Permanent Things and a monograph, The Catholic Imagination in Modern American Poetry (both Wiseblood Books, 2014). Raised in the Great Lakes State, baptised in the parish of St. Thomas Aquinas, seasoned by summers on Lake Wawasee (Indiana), and educated under the Golden Dome, Wilson is scion of a family of Hoosiers dating back to the early nineteenth century, and an offspring of Southside Chicago Poles whose tavern kept the city wet through the Depression (and prohibition) years.  He now lives under the same sentence of reluctant exile as many another native son of the Midwest, but has dug himself in for good on the margins of the Main Line in Pennsylvania with his beautiful wife, dangerous daughter, and saintly sons. For information on Wilson's scholarship and a selection of his published work, click here. See books written and recommended by James Matthew Wilson.

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  1. It’s just occurred to me to introduce some acquaintances involved with the “9/12” movement to the introductory pieces at ISI and First Principles. Like their mentor, Glenn Beck fans show genuine curiosity, but Beck himself often offers incomplete and just plain screwy versions of American history.

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