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.
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?