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.
I’ve received an e-mail from someone seeking recommendations for further reading on Shakespeare’s Catholicism and the English recusants. Here is the text of the relevant part of his e-mail. My response follows.
I’ve received an e-mail from someone seeking recommendations for good contemporary Catholic fiction. Here is the text of the relevant part of his e-mail. My response follows.
We’ve now been home for almost a week after our annual sojourn in Seal Beach, California. It seems that I’ve spent the whole time climbing the mountain of backlogged work that awaited my return to the home office.
Part seven 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.
My friends at Religion en Libertad in Spain have translated my essay “The Feminine Genius of Jane Austin” and have added several links to film adaptations of Austen’s work. Spanish speakers might want to explore further: