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Newman and Benedictines

John Henry Newman (1801-1890) challenged the Utilitarian trend of his day, insisting that there was more to human life than what facts and logic could determine.  As Russell Kirk summed up Newman in The Conservative Mind (1986), “This sensitive and subtle man lived in an age . . . in which Caesar claimed the things that are God’s; and so Newman spent his life in arguments and struggles abhorrent to his contemplative nature.” Around the…
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Rome and Romanticism

What is Romanticism? What do Rome and Romanticism have in common? How do they differ? Does Romanticism sometimes lead to Rome? These questions are considered in this essay of mine, just published by the National Catholic Register: http://www.ncregister.com/blog/josephpearce/rome-and-romanticism
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Radio Interview on My Latest Book

I’ve just given an hour-long radio interview with the wonderful Jesuit, Fr. Robert McTeigue, discussing my new book Literature: What Every Catholic Should Know: Link to the broadcast as streaming audio, with resources list: https://www.thestationofthecross.com/event/literature-catholics-should-know/ Link to the broadcast as podcast: https://s3.amazonaws.com/TheStationoftheCross/Podcasts/TheCatholicCurrent/2019/May/TCC-052119.mp3
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How I Was Wrong About the New Tolkien Film

My dire prophesies about the new Tolkien film, based upon fears arising from the agenda of the screenwriters, have proved unfounded. I’ve never been happier to be proven wrong! Here’s my “apology”: https://theimaginativeconservative.org/2019/05/tolkien-movie-apology-joseph-pearce.html
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New Tolkien Work Discovered

Admirers of both Tolkien and Chaucer will be excited to learn of the discovery of a previously unknown manuscript by the former about the latter: https://www.theguardian.com/books/2019/may/18/tolkien-lost-work-chaucer-found?fbclid=IwAR2Zj2Su9k0pac8yb81wK2YZV6SuKMthWfma8hGE5ahOjHEjHiBgoKXtm5w
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Coming Soon to the Inner Sanctum

I’ve scheduled five more posts that will be uploaded to the Inner Sanctum of my website (jpearce.co) this week. Tolkien & Lewis Lecture #30 The thirtieth lecture in a 45-part series of audio lectures on the works of Tolkien and Lewis. Favourite Books of 2010 Having stumbled upon an essay listing and describing the favourite new books that I read in 2010, I thought I’d share it with my inner-circle of friends. Hamlet and the Reductionism…
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Shakespeare and the Saints

The Catholic Herald has just published an article of mine on the influence of the saints on Shakespeare’s Muse: https://catholicherald.co.uk/magazine/look-closely-and-you-can-find-the-saints-in-shakespeare/
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Arguing about Hamlet

There is a world of difference between arguing, which is good, and quarreling, which isn’t. Here I beg to differ with my good friend Christopher Blum in our podcast discussion on Hamlet: https://www.faithandculture.com/home/2019/05/13-arguing-about-hamlet