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If Only …

I had to share this well-written and wonderfully reasoned article by Dominic Selwood, speculating on what England and the world might have looked like today had Henry VIII’s megalomania not shaped it in his psychotic image: http://www.catholicherald.co.uk/issues/april-24th-2015/what-catholic-england-would-look-like-today/
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War Teaches Wonder Woman a Lesson

It’s not often I go to the cinema and much less often that I have anything to do with the cult of the superhero. Recently, however, I went to see Wonder Woman. Here’s my reaction to the experience: http://www.theimaginativeconservative.org/2017/07/war-teaches-wonder-woman-lesson-joseph-pearce.html
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“Art Poetique” by Paul Verlaine

“Art Poetique”. By Paul Verlaine (1844-1896). Translated by Norman R. Shapiro. Music first and foremost! In your verse, Choose those meters odd of syllable, Supple in the air, vague, flexible, Free of pounding beat, heavy or terse. Choose the words you use – now right now wrong – With abandon; when the poet’s vision Couples the precise with imprecision, Best the giddy shadows of his song. Eyes veiled, hidden, dark with mystery, Sunshine trembling in…
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Learning from Charlton Heston

The first half of 2017 has seen the publication of books about growing up.  They include: Mark Batterson, Play the Man:  Becoming the Man God Created You to Be; William H. McRaven, Make Your Bed:  Little Things that Can Change Your Life and Maybe the World; Ben Sasse, The Vanishing American Adult:  Our Coming-of-Age Crisis and How to Rebuild a Culture of Self-Reliance.  The authors are, respectively, a Protestant minister, a retired Admiral of the…
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The Boromir Option

We’ve all heard of the Benedict Option but what about the Boromir Option? What is it and should we be tempted to take it? Read on: http://www.theimaginativeconservative.org/2017/07/boromir-option-joseph-pearce.html
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Sir John Gielgud on Acting

“In playing Shakespeare one is bound to be conscious of the audience. The compromise between a declamatory and a naturalistic style is extremely subtle, and needs tremendous technical skill in its achievement. In Chekhov, provided one can be heard and seen distinctly, it is possible, even advisable, to ignore the audience altogether and this was another reason why I suddenly felt so much more at ease in playing Trofimov than I had in Romeo. “I…
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From Russia with Love?

Should we trust Russia? Can we trust Russia? Should we trust President Trump on Russia? These questions are addressed in an article of mine just published by the Imaginative Conservative: http://www.theimaginativeconservative.org/2017/07/russia-love-vladimir-putin-joseph-pearce.html
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From Atheism to Faith

I’m pleased to announce the publication of a new book by EWTN entitled From Atheism to Faith in which I am one of the nine people whose conversions are told. Details can be found here: http://www.ewtnreligiouscatalogue.com/shop.axd/ProductDetails?edp_no=33801
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The Mercutio Option

In the choice between Islamist and “Islamophobic” hatred Christians should choose the Mercutio Option:   http://www.theimaginativeconservative.org/2017/06/mercutio-option-plague-houses-joseph-pearce.html
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Praying for Hemingway

I’ve just read this good and thought-provoking article about Ernest Hemingway and wanted to share it with visitors to the Ink Desk: https://www.americamagazine.org/faith/2017/06/30/praying-hemingway
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The Poetry we need to Know

An article about my book Poems Every Catholic Should Know has just been published by the UK’s Catholic Herald: http://www.catholicherald.co.uk/commentandblogs/2017/06/30/the-poets-who-unexpectedly-lead-us-to-god/
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Turning Employees into Business Owners

An article I wrote originally for The Latin Mass has just been republished by the Imaginative Conservative. It’s about a business man from Seattle who is putting the social teaching of the Catholic Church into practise: http://www.theimaginativeconservative.org/2017/06/turning-employees-business-owners-joseph-pearce.html