Welcome and enjoy the 42nd installment of my lectures on Tolkien and Lewis!
In his famous essay “On Fairy Stories” Tolkien insisted that fairy stories hold up a mirror of scorn and pity to man. This being so, I recall an evening some time ago when I spent a few tortured and tortuous hours in the presence of Gollum himself – not the literal Gollum, of course, which would have been a little scary, but the mirror of Gollum reflected in an old friend of mine.
Part five of my podcast series “Literature: What Every Catholic Should Know”, which is based upon my book of the same title. Visit EveryCatholic.org/Literature to learn more.
What have Picasso and Jackson Pollock in common with The Joker? More than you might think.
I’ve received an e-mail from requesting my views on Jean Raspail’s controversial novel, The Camp of the Saints. The text of the e-mail is below. My response follows.
I’ve been home for a week since the conclusion of my last period of travel, which included speaking at the Chesterton Conference in Kansas City and a week in Denver with the Augustine Institute, during which I headed to nearby Colorado Springs to speak to the local chapter of Legatus, the Catholic business owners’ organization.
Did it die? Can we hope for a resurrection? Is it sleeping? Are there signs of its awakening?
Is it possible to summarize the Catholic dimension of The Lord of the Rings in fewer than 600 words? You better believe it!
As the new school year begins, here are my thoughts on what constitutes a good education:
Welcome and enjoy the 41st installment of my lectures on Tolkien and Lewis!