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The Anne Frank of Stalin’s Russia

Nina Lugovskaya, a teenaged girl whose recently rediscovered diary caused the arrest of her entire family, is sometimes called “The Anne Frank of Stalin’s Russia.” My friend Fr. Christopher Zugger recommends this documentary about her life and legacy. He calls it a stark contrast to the Pro-Putin propaganda usually put out by “Russia Today”. Be forewarned, it is powerful, but deeply depressing. In English. https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=CIrAD8wxm_I
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Media Lies and Brexit

My latest article for the Imaginative Conservative looks at lies, damn lies, and modern journalism: http://www.theimaginativeconservative.org/2016/06/lies-modern-journalism-how-media-reported-brexit.html
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EUcatastophe!

Lovers of J. R. R. Tolkien will know that the meaning of the word “eucatastrophe”, which Tolkien coined, is connected to the joy of the happy ending. Lovers of puns will appreciate the capitalization of the first two letters, signifying that Brexit was a catastrophe for the European Union but a joyful happy ending for Britain and for lovers of freedom throughout the world. To celebrate this marvelous EUcatastrophe, here’s a link to the Last Night of…
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Great Books versus the Great Conversation

Is teaching the Great Books enough? Is something else necessary for a fully-rounded education? What is the Great Conversation and what connection does it have to the Great Books? These questions are addressed and answered in an article I’ve penned recently for the Imaginative Conservative: http://www.theimaginativeconservative.org/2016/06/great-books-vs-great-conversation.html
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The Power of the Rosary

My good friend Brian Kennelly is part of a team of Catholic filmmakers trying to raise funds for a film on the power of the Rosary. I am very happy to endorse this project and to ask all readers of the Ink Desk to support it in any way they can. Here’s the link for further details of this exciting initiative: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/voxdei/eyes-of-mercy
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Dowry in the Shadows: The Suppression of Catholicism and Spiritual Vacuum in British Society

In this essay, I am going to explore some of the causes which led to the opening of a “spiritual vacuum” in Britain, starting with the rending of Christendom under the Henry VIII during the 16th century, and the innumerable ramifications that continue to affect the British national consciousness in the present day. The unbiased reader must acknowledge that the Catholic Church, in spite of many failings of her members, has been a source of much good in…
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Pilgrim Eagle: A Review of Charles A. Coulombe’s History Text Puritan’s Empire

“This above all: To thine own self be true.” –William Shakespeare Puritan’s Empire by Charles A. Coulombe is a unique tour-de-force of American history from a Catholic high traditionalist perspective. Spanning the colonial period to the modern day, the narrative is tightly-woven and comprehensively arranged. The sheer length and breadth of the volume is a testament to a lifetime’s worth of research. Although some sections are dry, the colorful anecdotes and personal analysis interspersed within the…
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Pride, Prejudice and Miss Prim

My latest article for the Imaginative Conservative looks at the international bestselling novel, The Awakening of Miss Prim, detecting the shadow of Miss Austin in Miss Prim’s “awakening”. http://www.theimaginativeconservative.org/2016/06/the-awakening-of-miss-prim-a-breath-of-fresh-sanity.html
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The Catholic World of J. R. R. Tolkien

The July/August issue of the St. Austin Review is at the printer. This issue’s theme is “The Catholic World of J. R. R. Tolkien”, lavishly illustrated throughout with the Tolkien themed paintings of the late Jef Murray. Highlights: Nicholas Senz reveals “The Evangelical Counsels in The Lord of the Rings” David Rozema illumines “Tolkien’s Sacramental Vision” Stephen Brady looks at “Magic in Middle-Earth: Tolkien’s Catholic Condemnation of the Occult” Michael Hageböck interviews author John Garth…
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My New Book: Merrie England

My new book, Merrie England: A Journey through the Shire is published this week. For details, see here:  http://us4.campaign-archive1.com/?u=629cbc0bd9eea5be3496b41e0&id=20e33a03fd&e=05fdf2f906
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The Edith Stein of Stalin’s Russia

As today is the 80th anniversary of her martyrdom in Joseph Stalin’s concentration camps, I strongly recommend watching the following documentary, which relates the life and martyrdom of Mother Catherine Abrikosova, a Byzantine Catholic Dominican nun, a former Marxist, and, since 2003, a candidate for Catholic Sainthood. In Russian with English subtitles. https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=L-bLZ5o0zyc