The Seven Deadly Virtues: 18 Conservative Writers on Why the Virtuous Life is Funny as Hell

The Seven Deadly Virtues: 18 Conservative Writers on Why the Virtuous Life is Funny as Hell

P. J. O'Rourke, Christopher Buckley, Jonah Goldberg, Joe Queenan, Christopher Caldwell, Andrew Ferguson, Jonathan V. Last, Micha


An all-star workforce of eighteen conservative writers bargains a hilarious, insightful, sanctimony-free remix of William Bennett’s The booklet of Virtues—without parental controls. The Seven lethal Virtues sits down subsequent to readers on the bar, buys them a drink, and an hour or 3 later, ushers them into the revival tent with no them even knowing it.

The book’s participants contain Sonny Bunch, Christopher Buckley, David “Iowahawk” Burge, Christopher Caldwell, Andrew Ferguson, Jonah Goldberg, Michael Graham, Mollie Hemingway, Rita Koganzon, Matt Labash, James Lileks, Rob lengthy, Larry Miller, P. J. O’Rourke, Joe Queenan, Christine Rosen, and Andrew Stiles. Jonathan V. final, senior author on the Weekly commonplace, editor of the gathering, is additionally a contributor. All eighteen essays during this e-book are showing for the 1st time anywhere.

In the book’s establishing essay, P. J. O’Rourke observes: “Virtue has not at all disappeared. It’s as a lot in public view as ever. yet it’s been strung up by means of the heels. advantage is the other way up. advantage is uncomfortable. advantage appears ridiculous. the entire switch and the home keys are falling out of Virtue’s pants pockets.”

Here are the virtues every person (including the book’s members) was once taught in Sunday university yet have absolutely forgotten approximately until eventually this very second. during this sanctimony-free zone:

• Joe Queenan observes: “In essence, thrift is a advantage that resembles being excellent at Mahjong. You’ve heard approximately those that can do it, yet you’ve by no means truly met any of them.”
• P. J. O’Rourke notes: “Fortitude is old fashioned. We compliment the best new release for having it, yet that they had aluminum siding, church on Sunday, and jobs that required them to put on neckties or nylons (but by no means on the comparable time). We don’t wish these either.”
• Christine Rosen writes: “A fellowship grounded in sociality skill having fun with the corporate of these with whom you certainly percentage actual house instead of people with whom you frequently and enthusiastically alternate cat videos.”
• Rob lengthy bargains his model of recent day justice: when you sleep past due at the weekend, you're compelled to attend thirty mins in line at Costco.
• Jonah Goldberg bargains: “There used to be a time whilst this desire-to-do-good-in-all-things used to be thought of the single form of integrity: ‘Angels are higher than mortals. They’re constantly definite approximately what's correct simply because, through definition, they’re doing God’s will.’ Gabriel knew while it was once alright to get rid of a bed tag and Sandalphon consistently tipped the right kind amount.”
• Sonny Bunch dissects forbearance, gazing that the fictitious mins Hate of George Orwell’s 1984 is now truly a fact directed at residing, respiring humans. thank you, partially, to the web, “Its ambitions are specified via a spontaneously created mob—one that, because of its hive-mind nature—is nearly very unlikely to name off.”

By the time readers have accomplished The Seven lethal Virtues, they won’t even discover that they’ve simply been catechized into a wholly different—and better—moral universe.

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