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Radical Tradition & the Meaning of Art

Beginning with a quote from Chesterton about Impressionism, I ask some fundamental questions in my latest ar5ticle for Intellectual Takeout about the meaning of art, exploring the way in which tradition is always radical: http://www.intellectualtakeout.org/blog/radical-skepticism-impressionism-0
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The Gentle Lion of Wisconsin– An Appreciation of Cardinal Burke

Regular StAR columnist Fr. Benedict Kiely wrote this heartfelt appreciation of Cardinal Burke, which is published in the latest issue. Breaking our usual protocol, I’ve decided to publish his column on the Ink Desk too:   On the desk of Cardinal Raymond Leo Burke, Patron of the Sovereign Military Order of Malta, sits a statue of St. John Fisher. Fisher’s last days were lonely; abandoned in the Tower for his fidelity to the Catholic faith,…
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The American Chesterton Society Needs Your Help

One of the finest organizations in the United States is the American Chesterton Society, whose President is the indomitable Dale Ahlquist. The ACS is in need of help. Please follow the link and give generously. https://www.gofundme.com/AmericanChestertonSociety
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Nine Things You Should Know About J. R. R. Tolkien

This brief piece on the Gospel Coalition’s website is well worth reading as a succinct summary of some of the salient features in Tolkien’s life:  https://www.thegospelcoalition.org/article/9-things-you-should-know-about-j.-r.-r.-tolkien#When:2017-01-06T06:02:00+00:00
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What’s the Difference between Nationalism and Imperialism?

Can a Nationalist be an imperialist? Can an imperialist claim to be a Nationalist? Is it possible to be both or do we have to choose? Is Donald Trump likely to be a nationalist or an imperialist? I endeavour to answer these questions in my latest article for the Imaginative Conservative: http://www.theimaginativeconservative.org/2017/01/trump-nationalist-imperialist-joseph-pearce.html
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Poems Every Catholic Should Know

My recently published book, Poems Every Catholic Should Know, has been reviewed very positively at the Christian Review: http://www.thechristianreview.com/joseph-pearces-compilation-of-poems-we-should-know/
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Further Up and Further In: A New Year’s Resolution

“There’s no prize at the end of life for having the most things checked off in the “To Do” list.” This is the time of year when most of us grab pen and paper and make a list of all the things we are going to work on in our lives. From the pragmatic to the spiritual, every dimension of ourselves is fair game for improvement and change. If one scrolls– and by that I…
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The Best of Tolkien

My latest article for the Imaginative Conservative gives a list of what I consider to be the best books on J. R. R. Tolkien: http://www.theimaginativeconservative.org/2017/01/best-of-tolkien-joseph-pearce.html
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Defending Shakespeare

Several days ago on the Ink Desk I posted my article for Intellectual Takeout about the removal of Shakespeare’s portrait by the English Department at the University of Pennsylvania on the racist grounds that he had the wrong skin colour. As a follow-up to this story, I’m delighted to share this excellent article by an undergraduate English major at U-Penn defending Shakespeare: http://www.nationalreview.com/article/443062/banishing-bard-banishing-bard-students-should-read-shakespeare-dismissing-him
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After the Adventure

As I sit here reading “Planet Narnia” by Dr. Michael Ward, and learn about the meaning of allegory and symbol as Lewis understood and defined them, I am lead to ponder the effects of fanciful books on the reader. I have been disturbed of late by the memes posted by book lovers that express their desire to always be “lost” in a book, to never have to leave its fictional realm. This has been stirring…
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From Russia with Love?

What are the prospects for US-Russian relations under Trump? I address this very important question in my latest article for Intellectual Takeout: http://www.intellectualtakeout.org/blog/russia-love