Algis Valiunas

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Algis Valiunas is a Fellow at the Ethics and Public Policy Center and a contributing editor to The New Atlantis, a journal about the ethical, political, and social implications of modern science technology.

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Algis Valiunas is a Fellow at the Ethics and Public Policy Center and a contributing editor to The New Atlantis, a journal about the ethical, political, and social implications of modern science technology.

A literary essayist, his writings have appeared in Commentary, the Weekly StandardNational ReviewFirst Things, the American Spectator, the New Criterion, and the Claremont Review of Books. They have also appeared in various collections, including most recently The Best Spiritual Writing, 2013 (Penguin, 2012). He is also the author of the book Churchill’s Military Histories: A Rhetorical Study (Encounter, 2002). He holds degrees from Dartmouth College; Trinity College, Cambridge; and the University of Chicago, where Saul Bellow was his doctoral dissertation adviser in the Committee on Social Thought.

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My Madness

Algis Valiunas

To suffer schizophrenia is to be born again, into a reality stranger and more excruciating than anything you could imagine while sane.

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First Things / December 21, 2022

The Life and Times of Chateaubriand

Algis Valiunas

“Nature has accorded Chateaubriand a sacred fire; his works attest to it. His style is not that of Racine, it is that of the prophet.”

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National Review / December 1, 2022

Taking Aristophanes Seriously

Algis Valiunas

The original gross-out comic.

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Claremont Review of Books / October 12, 2022

Robert Lowell’s Fruitful Agony

Algis Valiunas

The suffering and the artistic gift were of a piece for Lowell, and he bore the suffering manfully for the sake of the poetic grace he was vouchsafed.

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National Review / August 2, 2022

Sickness of the Mind, Triumph of the Soul

Algis Valiunas

Dostoevsky’s prescient diagnoses of the Russian and the human condition have more to teach us now than ever.

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Claremont Review of Books / July 21, 2022

Stalin, the Bloodiest Bookworm

Algis Valiunas

A review of Stalin’s Library: A Dictator and His Books, by Geoffrey Roberts.

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National Review / April 4, 2022

Nihilism for the Ironhearted

Algis Valiunas

Giacomo Leopardi may be the great modern writer least known to an English-­speaking readership.

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First Things / March 16, 2022

Christmas by Dickensian Decree

Algis Valiunas

A Christmas Carol has influenced how we view and celebrate Christmas in modern times. But does Dickens know how to keep Christmas well?

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First Things / December 29, 2021

Anthropology as Atonement

Algis Valiunas

It is not so much respect for the primitive “other” as it is loathing for one’s own oppressive, grasping modernity that lies behind the doctrine of cultural relativism.

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The Gospel According to Dickens

Algis Valiunas

Charles Dickens penned a modern quasi-mythic trove of Christian wisdom and, above all, joy.

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The Ordinary Ennobled

Algis Valiunas

Maybe if one were to call self-actualization by another name, its stigma would be reduced. So call it self-perfection instead, and think of Goethe as its finest embodiment.

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A Scientist’s Mind, A Poet’s Soul

Algis Valiunas

Except for Aristotle, no scientist before or since Alexander von Humboldt can boast an intellect as universal in reach as his and as influential for the salient work of his time. His neglect today is unfortunate but instructive.

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