Emina Melonic

About Emina Melonic

Originally from Bosnia, a survivor of the Bosnian war and its aftermath of refugee camps, Emina Melonic immigrated to the United States in 1996 and became an American citizen in 2003. She has a Ph.D. in comparative literature. Her writings have appeared in National Review, The Imaginative Conservative, New English Review, The New Criterion, Law and Liberty, The University Bookman, Claremont Review of Books, The American Mind, and Splice Today. She lives near Buffalo, N.Y.

Roger Scruton, Seeker of Truth and Beauty

“I think we are losing beauty, and there’s a danger that with it, we will lose the meaning of life.” These were the introductory remarks of British philosopher and writer, Sir Roger Scruton, during the 2009 BBC program, "Why Beauty Matters." Scruton, who died Sunday after a short battle with cancer, was certainly a defender of

By | 2020-01-12T21:14:45-07:00 January 12th, 2020|Tags: |

The Simplistic Hero and Villain of ‘The Two Popes’

It is no secret that our mainstream culture no longer seems to understand or value religion. Most depictions or attempts to explain it are reduced to mere sentimentality, and this is particularly true whenever there is a liberal treatment of Christianity, especially Roman Catholicism. It isn’t only the simplistic emotionalism of the artists grappling with

By | 2019-12-28T19:38:30-07:00 December 28th, 2019|Tags: |

Martin Scorsese’s Cinematic Splendor

Martin Scorsese’s new feature film, now showing on Netflix, came highly anticipated by critics and audience alike. The anticipation shouldn’t come as a surprise because Scorsese is a director of high stature, who has been making films for over 50 years. The newest film, “The Irishman” has drawn some negative criticism, mainly from the critics.

By | 2019-12-07T19:06:54-07:00 December 7th, 2019|Tags: |

Gratitude in Dark Times

For the past few years, the ideological American Left has used the Thanksgiving holiday as an opportunity to lash out and give us the same old and boring rant about how bad America is. An American leftist is generally characterized as someone who cannot help but bring ideology into every aspect of his life. I

By | 2019-11-27T19:18:57-07:00 November 27th, 2019|Tags: |

Detention, Socialist Style
(or How I Never Learned Math)

“You’re really not that bright, are you, Emina?” said Mira M., my elementary school math teacher. She looked at me with contempt, the kind even a 7-year-old could understand.  I understood, but had not yet experienced, adult rejection on that scale. In the days of Yugoslavian Communism, we used to address individual teachers as “comrade

By | 2019-11-17T21:29:18-07:00 November 17th, 2019|Tags: |

The Wars They Carry

Like most overused expressions, “War is Hell” is now easily dismissed as a cliché. But like most clichés, the truth in the point is what caused it to be overused in the first place and we’d do well not to dismiss it. What is it about any particular war that makes it hell? For most

By | 2019-11-10T17:51:38-07:00 November 10th, 2019|Tags: |

Up From Globalism

In an article at The American Mind, David Bahr asks, “What Good is Bill Buckley Anymore?” He concludes  that William F. Buckley, Jr. (among other conservatives of the past) “may be past their sell-by date.” Setting aside a rather dismissive title, Bahr does address some important issues and questions that have plagued the conservative movement

By | 2019-10-28T19:17:33-07:00 October 26th, 2019|Tags: |

Harold Bloom, A Man in Full

“We read to find ourselves,” Harold Bloom once wrote, “more fully and more strange than otherwise we could hope to find.” Bloom, who died Monday, was a man of letters—a literary critic, lover of literature, and a long-time professor at Yale University. He was born in 1930 in New York City, and grew up in

By | 2019-10-19T17:25:30-07:00 October 19th, 2019|Tags: |

Memento Mori: Rutger Hauer’s Message in ‘Blade Runner’

The death in July of Dutch actor Rutger Hauer brought out reflections on his career. Hauer made his film debut as a wild sculptor in Paul Verhoeven’s “Turkish Delight” (1973), and since then has starred in numerous films, but he is known primarily for his role as Roy Batty in Ridley Scott’s “Blade Runner” (1982).

By | 2019-09-27T12:43:39-07:00 September 8th, 2019|Tags: |

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