Today in Tablet Magazine, Liel Leibovitz cuts through the peripheral discussion and perverse simplification to rediscover Allan Bloom’s classic The Closing of The American Mind. You’re going to want to take your time with this one.

“To Bloom, there was a third way,” writes Liel. “And it was much more attentive and instinctive: The great books matter simply because they matter, and we continue to seek them out not in order to reaffirm or reevaluate our own standing in the world—a myopic view based on understanding the progress of mankind as an ongoing power struggle—but because they remain instrumental.”

Re-Opening the American Mind