What lessons do the plays of Sophocles, Shakespeare and Eliot teach? What do they say about the perennial tension between the secular state and religious liberty? These questions are addressed in a brief essay of mine in Faith & Culture:
Here’s my tribute to a Cardinal with the courage of his orthodox convictions:
What does the recent Queen’s Speech and several papal encyclicals have in common? Find the answer here:
What does Shakespeare say about the saints? More than many people might think:
With Veterans Day almost upon us, here’s my tribute to those who fought in World War One, some of whom, such as Tolkien and Lewis, survived to tell the tale:
Civilization is not what Wikipedia thinks it is. Read on:
The new issue of the St. Austin Review is hot off the press! Highlights:
- Joseph Pearce admires “the genius of Evelyn Waugh”.
- John Beaumont surveys “the conversion and post-conversion of Evelyn Waugh”.
- Daniel Frampton is “in search of sanctity” in comparing Evelyn Waugh and Roy Campbell.
- Aaron Urbanczyk sees “the dark side of literary encounter in Evelyn Waugh’s A Handful of Dust”.
- Annesley Anderson feels the “twitch upon the thread” and finds “grace in Brideshead Revisited”.
- Deirdre Murphy discovers “vocation, redemption and hope in Evelyn Waugh’s Brideshead Revisited and The End of the Battle”.
- Fr. Dwight Longenecker finds in Brideshead “a fairy-tale revisited”.
- Richard Marcantonio admires “the gospel according to Caravaggio”.
- Igor V. Babailov hails “the resurrection of realism”.
- K. V. Turley finds in the film 1945 “the clash of civilizations on and off screen”.
- Donald DeMarco sings the praises of Chopin.
- Fr. Benedict Kiely sees Christian martyrs as a “cloud of witnesses”.
- Kevin O’Brien meditates upon “the making of self-made men”.
- Greg Peters reviews Building the Benedict Option (Libresco).
- Debra Stellato reviews Fill These Hearts: God, Sex, and the Universal Longing (West).
- Stephen Tomlinson reviews On the Principles of Taxing Beer & Other Essays (Schall).
- Robert Asch reviews Passionate Attitudes: The English Decadence of the 1890s (Sturgis).
- Kenneth Colston reviews The Poor Old Liberal Arts (Gannon).
- Carl Hasler reviews Ten Battles Every Catholic Should Know (Greaney).
- Virginia Sullivan reviews Reaching Forever (Kolin).
- Plus new poetry by Gabrielle Braud, Philip C. Kolin, Fr. Dwight Longenecker and Michael Williams.
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A half-hour long podcast in which I discuss literature has just been posted by Homeschool Connections:
In stark contrast to the nonsense peddled in a new film about Shakespeare’s final years, the actual evidence shows that he died as he had lived, as a resolute “papist”:
Here is a meditation on the meaning of life and the gift of suffering: