Is good art the product of a virtuous or baptized imagination and is art poisoned by pride? I tackle these questions in an essay published in the Catholic Herald:
What is the classical muse and, more to the point, what isn’t it? Here are my musings on these questions:
The National Catholic Register has just published my tribute to the English Catholic Resistance to the tyranny and terror of the Tudors:
Are things as bad as they seem, or is there cause for hope and joy in our darkening world?
Here’s my survey of English literature from 1616, the year of Shakespeare’s death, until 1800:
The Inner Sanctum of my personal website has now been live and active for eight months. This means that there are now around 120 exclusive pieces of content available to those who support my work by becoming donor-subscribers.
- This content includes weekly 30-minute lectures on Tolkien and Lewis, 35 of which have been posted already with a further 10 due for posting in the weeks ahead.
- There are dozens of essays on multifarious topics related to faith, reason, literature, culture and politics.
- There are regular entries in the Ladydale Diary in which I document what I’m doing on a daily basis at home with my family and on my travels.
- I also share e-mails that I receive which I believe will be of interest to my inner circle of friends in the Inner Sanctum, together with my replies.
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Here’ my review of Dale Ahlquist’s new book on G. K. Chesterton:
It is necessary to leave the polluted mainstream if one wants to discover the best in contemporary Christian literature:
Few characters in literature are as misunderstood as the famous “man in black” in Shakespeare’s longest play. Here is my defence of the noble Hamlet:
From July 22-26 I will be giving a series of ten lectures at Chavagnes International College in France on “the annointed imagination: literature and the light of Christ”. For those who are unable to join me and the other speakers at this exciting week-long event in the beautiful Vendée region, the audio recordings of the lectures are being made available by the indomitable Mike Church. Here are the details: