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Continuum (2004) For a number of years Roger Scruton has contributed a weekly article to the Financial . Scruton's prose is devoid of sentimentality and soggy nostalgia. Farming issues are equally important in this book.

Continuum (2004) For a number of years Roger Scruton has contributed a weekly article to the Financial Times on country matters. Always beautifully written, one of these pieces (Vegetables) won the 2002 prize from The Queen's English Society for the best piece of prose writing of the year. These are not sentimental bucolic rambles. Whatever he writes about, he always writes with serious purpose. The devastations of the foot and mouth crisis showed graphically how great is the divide between town and country dwellers.

News from Somewhere book. For a number of years Roger Scruton has contributed a weekly article to the Financial Times on country matters

News from Somewhere book. For a number of years Roger Scruton has contributed a weekly article to the Financial Times on country matters. Scruton's prose is devoid of sentimentality and soggy nost For a number of years Roger Scruton has contributed a weekly article to the Financial Times on country matters.

Roger Scruton's weekly articles in the Financial Times on country matters have become celebrated and greatly admired. In this work, his articles are collected into the covers of a book for the first time, with an impassioned and specially written introduction. ISBN13: 9780826469304. Release Date: May 2004.

News from Somewhere: On Settling (Paperback). Roger Scruton (author). For a number of years, Roger Scruton has contributed a weekly article to the "Financial Times" on country matters

News from Somewhere: On Settling (Paperback). For a number of years, Roger Scruton has contributed a weekly article to the "Financial Times" on country matters. Always beautifully written, one of these pieces ("Vegetables") won the 2002 prize from The Queen's English Society for the best piece of prose writing of the year.

Roger Scruton bibliography. News From Somewhere: On Settling (2004). The Need for Nations (2004). Culture Counts: Faith and Feeling in a World Besieged (Encounter Books, 2007). Dictionary of Political Thought (2007). This list is incomplete; you can help by expanding it. This a list of the published works of English philosopher Roger Scruton. Gentle Regrets: Thoughts from a Life (Continuum, 2005).

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Sir Roger Scruton delivered the keynote address. Mr. Scruton is The American Conservative's New Urbanism fellow and one of the foremost philosophers of the English-speaking world. He has long been a defender of traditional urbanism and authentic sustainability and is the author of dozens of books, including The Aesthetics of Architecture and News From Somewhere: On Settling. Sir Roger Scruton: The American Conservative’s New Urbanism fellow.

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Magazine article The Spectator. News from Somewhere: On Settling. Roger Scruton has a shot at this. The subtitle, On Settling', is apt; the book is about the author's settling in (you could nearly say 'into') what he calls 'the claylands', near Malmesbury in Gloucestershire, and about the 'settled' nature of that place, the threats it has survived, the way it has adapted and, by extension, the manner in which England and 'Englishness'. One wonders what they made of that in Bradford or Leicester.

For a number of years Roger Scruton has contributed a weekly article to the Financial Times on country matters. Always beautifully written, one of these pieces (Vegetables) won the 2002 prize from The Queen's English Society for the best piece of prose writing of the year. These are not sentimental bucolic rambles. Scruton's prose is devoid of sentimentality and soggy nostalgia. Whatever he writes about, he always writes with serious purpose. He speaks up for the country dweller who sees his or her world eroded by the wishy-washy liberal commands of Blairite do-gooders who sit on their backsides in North West London pontificating about the needs of country people. Nature being red in tooth and claw is something that these people only know about from sitting in a classroom. Farming issues are equally important in this book. The devastations of the foot and mouth crisis showed graphically how great is the divide between town and country dwellers. And when the fate of people in the countryside is decided by bureaucrats in Brussels and Strasbourg, their feeling of alienation is even greater. These are the causes that Professor Scruton espouses and he has become their most intelligent, articulate and clear-thinking advocate.

Comments: (3)

Dalarin
It's fun to follow Scruton as he learns what it means to live in "the country". A great book to read aloud with a friend or family, as it will promote good conversations about place, belonging, meaning, ... life. Perhaps especially appropriate for those who find themselves in transient communities, with "friends" coming and going every few years: what does it mean to *be* in a place? I commend it most highly.
Usic
Roger Scruton is stereotyped in the British media as a curmudgeonly old reactionary. A sort of thinking man's Richard Littlejohn. But this portrayal scarcely does justice to the range and depth of his philosophical mind.

In 'News from Somewhere' Scruton turns his wealth of aesthetic and intellectual learning to the predicament of the rural community of Wiltshire - the ocunty in which he settled in mid-life with his young wife Sophie.

Each page teems with one of Scruton's elegant and thoughtful insights into a whole range of country issues: from the way in which rural ways of life are undermined by government edicts, to the aesthetics of petrol station canopies, to the best way in which to cook a squirrel.

Scruton's gratitude for the way in which the rural community has allowed him to settle, late in life, with a young family is manifest. His brief reflections on the urban London phase of his life suggest that he was a rather lonely, unrooted individual.

But now that he has settled he faces another predicament, which accounts for the agitated tone of much of this book. Scruton comes from the urban university world of culture, argument, verbal pyrotechnics and learning. The farmers come from a very different community. Scruton eulogises the honest trades of the farming folk, contrasting their work with the consultancy based advice of the modern 'knowledge economy'. Yet Scruton cannot farm, and he earns his living exactly in this knowledge form - by critical writing about how other people live (he has even set up his own farming consultancy!). Though he describes some of his own attempts at farming, the reader is never convinced that this man, one of Britain's most learned intellectuals, is truly content with the routine, repetitive manual labour of the typical farmer.

This contrast is exemplified by the image Scruton chooses for the dust jacket (of the hardback) and explains inside: Brueghel's painting of the fall of Icarus showing the flailing legs of Icarus disappearing into the sea as the ploughman on the hill continues with his work unaware of this event.

Scruton resembles Icarus in this respect. He wants to inhabit the life of the solitary ploughman, but he cannot. His learning is far to great for that. Hence he can never properly inhabit the Arcadian Eden he lusts after. For to do that he would have to unravel his years of education. And education, as Scruton well knows, is the one thing that humans can never shed once it is acquired.
CONVERSE
News from Somewhere is about a personal and communal relation to a place. The relations are not only economic but historical and of the soul. Hedges, foxes, cows, cats and herons are some of the animals in the place (rural Wiltshire) of which the author writes; also discussed are children, circus players, and the District Nurse. One doesn't often come across a book exuding so much probing intelligence and affection. The intelligence probes realities of rural life, including unappealing ones relating to agribusiness, plastic, cars, signs, sheds, as well as the more appealing ones that draw ever more "incomers." The affection is centered not on abstractions but on specific people, places and things, including the night sky as known from one place on the earth's surface. The sensibility thus evident is an attractive one.

Some of the book's most interesting passages, for this reader, concerned the rearing of children. Scruton doesn't seem to have heard of homeschooling, as it has come to be called in the United States; but, if citizens can do this legally in Britain, that seems to be where Scruton's convictions will lead him. Indeed, he and his wife are obviously already teaching their children, but apparently as a supplement to the pedagogy of a government school or private school. The next step is recognition that mass education, with honorable exceptions, inculcates dispositions of the heart that are unwholesome, and manifestly fails to discipline and nurture the mind as it should. If you seek the monument of modern education, look about you. That's why hundreds of thousands of Americans have undertaken the exodus from the schools; may this freedom spread.
News From Somewhere: On Settling download epub
Politics & Government
Author: Roger Scruton
ISBN: 0826469302
Category: Politics & Social Sciences
Subcategory: Politics & Government
Language: English
Publisher: Continuum Intl Pub Group; 1st edition (June 30, 2004)
Pages: 177 pages