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The Crucifixion and Resurrection of Truth

Need we be worried by intellectual fads and ideological fashions that crucify the truth? Here’s my endeavour to answer this question: https://theimaginativeconservative.org/2019/11/crucifixion-resurrection-truth-joseph-pearce.html

Drama versus Tyranny

What lessons do the plays of Sophocles, Shakespeare and Eliot teach? What do they say about the perennial tension between the secular state and religious liberty? These questions are addressed in a brief essay of mine in Faith & Culture: https://www.faithandculture.com/home/2019/11/14/drama-versus-tyranny

Louis Auchincloss’ Historical Covenant

In the late 1980s we corresponded briefly, Mr. Auchincloss kindly answering some questions I had about his writing.  From 1947 to 2010, much of his fiction, literary criticism, and histories deftly chronicled well-heeled residents of the middle and northern part of America’s eastern seaboard.  For his characters, poverty meant hitting principal, while my world was closer to that depicted in Auchincloss’s youth by Booth Tarkington, small towns where, as Tarkington said in Alice Adams (1921),…

Shakespeare & the Saints

What does Shakespeare say about the saints? More than many people might think: https://theimaginativeconservative.org/2019/10/shakespeare-saints-joseph-pearce.html

Brideshead & Beyond: The Genius of Evelyn Waugh

Brideshead & Beyond: The Genius of Evelyn Waugh The new issue of the St. Austin Review is hot off the press! Highlights: Joseph Pearce admires “the genius of Evelyn Waugh”. John Beaumont surveys “the conversion and post-conversion of Evelyn Waugh”. Daniel Frampton is “in search of sanctity” in comparing Evelyn Waugh and Roy Campbell. Aaron Urbanczyk sees “the dark side of literary encounter in Evelyn Waugh’s A Handful of Dust”. Annesley Anderson feels the “twitch upon the thread”…

Learning to Love Literature

A half-hour long podcast in which I discuss literature has just been posted by Homeschool Connections: https://homeschoolingsaints.podbean.com/e/inspiring-our-children-to-love-literature/

Shakespeare’s Final Years

In stark contrast to the nonsense peddled in a new film about Shakespeare’s final years, the actual evidence shows that he died as he had lived, as a resolute “papist”: https://www.crisismagazine.com/2019/william-shakespeare-poet-playwright-catholic

Surviving with Frank Miniter

“Okay,” he said, slowly, patiently, “now, squeeze.”  A father with a .22, teaching his son how to shoot:  A memory evoked by Frank Miniter’s The Ultimate Man’s Survival Guide, published in 2009 and now, ten years later, followed up with The Ultimate Man’s Survival Guide to the Workplace.  (In these casual times, a clue comes from the cover depicting a necktie.)  Miniter’s original Survival Guide is ever close by, like Marcus Aurelius’ Meditations, reminding me…

Life, Dignity and Suffering

Here is a meditation on the meaning of life and the gift of suffering: http://www.ncregister.com/blog/josephpearce/life-dignity-and-disability-a-faith-that-welcomes-suffering