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Solzhenitsyn 1918-2018 — A Centenary Celebration

Solzhenitsyn 1918-2018 A Centenary Celebration The new issue of the St. Austin Review is winging its way to the printer. Highlights include: Joseph Pearce celebrates the centenary of the birth of Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn. Daniel J. Mahoney moves “From the Ideological Lie to Freedom as Self-Restriction” in his “Five Brief Commentaries on Solzhenitsyn”. Lee Congdon is “In the Camps” with Dostoyevsky and Solzhenitsyn. David P. Deavel examines “Ivan Denisovich and the Search for Happiness”. Ronald Buttarazzi contemplates Malcolm…
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Unmasking Oscar Wilde

Earlier this month I gave a talk for the Institute of Catholic Culture in northern Virginia. My topic was Oscar Wilde. The full talk is available here in either audio or video: https://instituteofcatholicculture.org/talk/unmasking-oscar-wilde/
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Belloc versus Tolkien

Two of my favourite writers, Hilaire Belloc and J. R. R. Tolkien, differed on the subject of Anglo-Saxon England. In this article, just published by Faith & Culture, I consider their differences and offer my own judgment on the relative merits of their position: https://www.faithandculture.com/home/2018/10/9/a-tree-of-life 
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Making America Great

Should we want to make America great and, if so, what do we mean by greatness? I address these questions in the latest article of mine to be published by Faith & Culture: https://www.faithandculture.com/home/2018/10/9/on-making-america-great-again
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Augustine’s Confessions: An Introduction

My introduction to the new edition of St. Augustine’s Confessions, newly published by Our Sunday Visitor, has just been reprinted by the Imaginative Conservative: http://www.theimaginativeconservative.org/2018/10/saint-augustine-confessions-introduction-joseph-pearce.html
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Two New Editions of Catholic Classics

Admirers of English Catholic literature will be excited to learn that Os Justi Press has recently republished two great historical novels by English author and convert Msgr. Robert Hugh Benson, The King’s Achievement and By What Authority?, in handsome facsimile editions of the 1957 publications. These two novels by Benson make superb unit studies for the periods of Henry VIII and Elizabeth I. They make this crucial piece of Catholic history come alive. More information may be found here at NLM.
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Chesterton and Education

The latest article of mine to be published by Faith & Culture is on G. K. Chesterton and the Meaning of Education: https://www.faithandculture.com/home/2018/10/11-chesterton-and-the-meaning-of-education
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A Ring of Fellowship

My review of a recent book on Tolkien, Lewis and the Inklings has just been published by Faith & Culture: https://www.faithandculture.com/home/2018/10/10-a-ring-of-fellowship
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Odysseus Meets Pink Floyd

What do Odysseus and Pink Floyd have in common? All is revealed in an article of mine just published by Faith & Culture: https://www.faithandculture.com/home/2018/10/09-comfortably-numb
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The Best Contemporary Fiction

The Imaginative Conservative has published my list of a dozen works of fiction, published in the 21st century, which I recommend. http://www.theimaginativeconservative.org/2018/10/best-contemporary-christian-fiction-joseph-pearce.html
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Portrait of an Honest Ghost

One of the most misunderstood characters in all of Shakespeare’s plays is the Ghost of Hamlet’s Father. Here’s my defence of this noble spirit: https://www.faithandculture.com/home/2018/9/26/portrait-of-an-honest-ghost