I thought a recent exchange of e-mails with a friend on matters poetic might interest my friends in the Inner Sanctum. Here are the two e-mails from my friend and my two replies.
Continuing the tradition of sharing with my friends in the Inner Sanctum some of my more interesting private correspondence, I’m publishing a very encouraging e-mail, just received from a retired literature professor at one of the finest Catholic colleges in the country. In order to protect his privacy, I’ve omitted the name of the College at which he taught for many years prior to his retirement.
The final part 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.
Welcome and enjoy the 45th installment of my lectures on Tolkien and Lewis!
I’m pleased to see that an interview I gave to the National Catholic Register‘s K. V. Turley has resulted in this excellent feature article:
The Catholic Herald has published my article on Newman’s reception in the United States:
Another week of the time that is left to me, my “soft sift in an hour glass” (Hopkins), has passed away since my last entry in the Ladydale Dairy. It’s been another good week; a good week being defined as one in which time has been taken but not wasted.
It has been some time since my wife and I decided to have our aerials removed, the term that the late Malcolm Muggeridge used to explain that he and his wife had decided to remove television from their lives. Muggeridge, one of the first generation of TV stars and "talking heads", had come to see that television was, at best, banal, and, at worst, a spewer forth of mendacious and poisonous propaganda.
I’ve received an interesting response to my September Newsletter which asked whether Brexit had any applicability to US domestic politics. It was from a friend of mine in Texas, a philosopher, whose opinion I respect. I’m posting the relevant part of his e-mail here. My response follows.