Corresponding with a Literary Scholar

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.
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OVERCOMING NEWS ADDICTION

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.
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Take it or Brexit

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.
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