Welcome and enjoy the 31st installment of my lectures on Tolkien and Lewis!
What would happen if our imagination flew to the Tavern at the World’s End? Here I imagine being a fly on the wall in such a tavern, eavesdropping on the conversations of some of my favourite fictional priests:
Here are my musings on the difference between time taken and time wasted:
There is magic, deep magic, and deeper magic in the world of Narnia:
I'm currently re-reading Unpopular Opinions, Dorothy L. Sayers' superb selection of essays, and have been blown away once again by her sheer genius. The essays on the Christian Aesthetic and the Creative Mind, reflecting her discussion of these issues in her seminal Mind of the Maker, are simply and profoundly sublime. And whilst I'm singing her praises, I should also laud her masterful notes to her own translation of Dante's Divine Comedy, which are the epitome of Thomistic applicability and succinctness.
I'm pleased to see an elegiac defence of the English Pub in a recent issue of The Economist. The fact that it is written by the journal's obituary editor might be seen as portentous. The truth is that the traditional English pub is endangered, like the nation that gave it birth.
I’ve been travelling a great deal over the past week.
What is Romanticism? What do Rome and Romanticism have in common? How do they differ? Does Romanticism sometimes lead to Rome? These questions are considered in this essay of mine, just published by the National Catholic Register:
I’ve just given an hour-long radio interview with the wonderful Jesuit, Fr. Robert McTeigue, discussing my new book Literature: What Every Catholic Should Know:
Link to the broadcast as streaming audio, with resources list:
Link to the broadcast as podcast: