I have just given an interview to Renewal, a magazine published in Croatia. I'm happy to share it exclusively with my friends in the Inner Sanctum.
Here’s something I wrote several years ago defending Belloc and Chesterton from false claims that they were closet fascists.
The National Catholic Register has just published my musings on the greatest love story that Tolkien ever wrote:
I've recently receive a long missive from an old friend and comrade back in England. In our youth, we were members of the same radical organization but we have since moved on, though not in the same direction. I became a Catholic whereas my old friend would probably describe himself as a follower of Nietzsche, an atheist and a Darwinian. The topic of his correspondence was the economy. It's too long to publish here so I'm restricting this to my response to him.
The shadow has fallen. The sun shone for all of Holy Week but now it is hidden. Clouds clustered during the darkness of the night, gathering gloom around them as though it were Gethsemane. Today the gloom prevails, assisted in its doom-laden portents by occasional blustery gusts and smatterings of rain. This is as it should be. Night has fallen, even over the realm of day. Creatures have turned on their Creator and Creation is weeping at the enormity of the blasphemy.
Here is my gentle riposte to a scholar who believes that the fiction of Joyce and Greene reflects “realism” more than do the works of Tolkien and Lewis:
Welcome and enjoy the 26th installment of my lectures on Tolkien and Lewis!
What are the parallels between descriptions of Satan in the Bible and the demonic presence in Middle-earth. All is revealed:
Number 1: According to any criteria, this is one of the most important books ever written, and one of the most profound; a combination of autobiographical candour and profound philosophical insight.