Welcome


The St. Austin Review (StAR) is the premier international journal of Catholic culture, literature, and ideas. In its pages, printed every two months, some of the brightest and most vigorous minds around meet to explore the people, ideas, movements, and events that shape and misshape our world.


From the Ink Desk Blog


Blog

Tolkien in a Nutshell

Is it possible to summarize the Catholic dimension of The Lord of the Rings in fewer than 600 words? You better believe it! https://www.faithandculture.com/home/2019/8/13/tolkien-in-a-nutshell
Blog

The Feminine Genius of Jane Austen

An excerpt from chapter 13 of my latest book, Literature: What Every Catholic Should Know, has just been published by the Imaginative Conservative. https://theimaginativeconservative.org/2019/08/feminine-genius-jane-austen-joseph-pearce.htm
Blog

Sex and Culture

Here are some musings on tangled webs of deceit and the absence of satisfaction in our sex-saturated culture: https://www.faithandculture.com/home/2019/8/7/sex-and-culture
Blog

Dante & Chaucer

Here is Part Four of my podcast lecture series based on my book, Literature: What Every Catholic Should Know: https://www.faithandculture.com/home/2019/08/05-christ-the-storyteller-ehy69
Blog

Assent vs Belief

 in Blog
Something occurred recently that provided me a better understanding of the difference between converts and so-called “cradle” Catholics. It was during a meeting of older parishioners, those groups commonly called by names like “Senior Catholics” or “Golden Agers” or “Young At Heart,” etc., groups where you might expect to hear laments of lost traditions. A woman in her eighties who serves as a Eucharistic minister bemoaned her observations of young people who, she said, “…don’t…
Blog

Morgan Freeman’s The Story of God

 in Blog
I’ve just finished what is commonly called a “Netflix binge,” which means I watched an entire series of shows. The Story of God had a two-season tenure with some nine episodes in all. I was surprised to enjoy it. I had expected something like the kind of show I saw several years ago during the height of the “historical Jesus” interest. I still remember the superior attitude of the narrator and his remark at the…
Blog

A Hiding Place for God’s Spies

Where did priests hide in days of anti-Catholic terror? This is one of the things I discuss in my latest essay for the National Catholic Register: http://www.ncregister.com/blog/josephpearce/a-hiding-place-for-holy-priests-in-elizabethan-england
Blog

Christ the Storyteller

In part three of my podcast series, based on my newest book Literature: What Every Catholic Should Know, I discuss the importance of storytelling in the Gospel and how it relates to the importance of fictional narratives in any healthy culture: https://www.faithandculture.com/home/2019/08/05-christ-the-storyteller