April 1, 2024

The Beautiful Home In 1988 I began a seven-volume treatise on American domestic architecture because I intended not to draw plumbing plans in a desk at the office of some fashionable Modernist.  As it happened, 1988 was a year when we Classives were beginning to discover one another, though not yet to know one another. …

March 1, 2024

American Myths and Legends I propose to record the traditions and achievements of the American people from discovery of our land through founding of our nation to the current dissolution.  In this, there will be something of Livy’s Ab Urbe Condita (From the Founding of the City [Rome]), something of Parson Weems’ fables, something of…

Pliny, Beautiful Living
February 1, 2024

The Classive Tradition: A Personal Consideration This book is the script of a proposed nine-part video presentation that tells the story of us, the US, these United States, the culmination of the world’s Classive expression of Civic Art.   Ours is a Classive Tradition, a form of thought humane in practice, beautiful in design, true…

January 1, 2024

The Houses of God   There is a pattern in our bones, a memory of what we are before we are.  So it is in the stones of the church, basilica, and cathedral, life ascending from time before memory to a future beyond sight.  By choice or by chance, all things come to be.  So…

December 1, 2023

How to See: A Practical Guide to Connoisseurship A Practicum: The Acquisition and Use of Connoisseurship Once the civilized world was beautiful, growing more beautiful by the day.  Once we Classives were ambitious of virtue in our thoughts and in our ways.  But that was long ago.  Long ago good men and women aspired to…

November 1, 2023

The Necessity of Civic Art to Civic Virtue Statues, Monuments, Memorials, Songs and Stories Necessary to Virtue Civi et Reipublicae, “For the benefit of the Citizen and the State.”   Can there be Civic Virtue without Civic Art, the stories, symbols, memorials that urge citizens to courage, excellence, honor, and service? No.  And yet Republicans,…

October 1, 2023

AMOREM: A HISTORY OF LOVE     audentem Forsque Venusque iuvat *** Ἄειδε μοῦσά μοι φίλη, μολπῆς δ’ ἐμῆς κατάρχου· αὔρη δὲ σῶν ἀπ’ ἀλσέων ἐμὰς φρένας δονείτω. *** PREFATIO Dear readers all: You will recall that Dante ..Lettered Laura, though never braved to kiss her. Recall that Petrarch rhymed his Beatrice ..Respectfully, because he…

September 1, 2023

  Roses are red, violets are blue, et cetera.  Perhaps you have composed a verse on the theme, as did John Jenkins in 10th Grade English, “Roses are red, violets are purple, sugar is sweet, and so is maple surple.”  A sincere effort.  Not quite Nash, but even so. John, a fine person, recently passed…

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