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Enjoying a Pint with C. S. Lewis

I recently gave an interview to a delightful podcast called “Pints with Jack”, dedicated to the life and legacy of C. S. Lewis. It’s now available on YouTube: https://youtu.be/YMguYB5B920

Environment, Nature, and Creation

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When I taught senior college-prep English in small-town Georgia public schools, I arranged the syllabus by literary movements. When we reached the romantic movement, and Wordsworth, I had the students bring a permission slip from home (necessary for leaving the campus) and took them on a short walk across the football field to a stretch along a creek of undeveloped pristine forest. I didn’t give them any explanation in advance but only instructed them that…

Solzhenitsyn in Exile

Here’s my review of a new posthumously published book by the great Russian writer: https://theimaginativeconservative.org/2019/10/between-two-millstones-sketches-of-exile-aleksandr-solzhenitsyn-joseph-pearce.html

Newman: The Heart of a Saint

Last Sunday, on the very day of Newman’s canonization, I gave a talk on the great saint’s life and legacy for the Institute of Catholic Culture in Arlington, Virginia. Those wishing to see the full video of my talk can do so here:  https://instituteofcatholicculture.org/talk/the-heart-of-a-saint

The Triumph of Winston Smith

The life of Alexander Solzhenitsyn proves that reality contradicts “realistic” novels and that it has a happier ending: https://www.faithandculture.com/home/2019/10/8/solzhenitsyn-the-triumph-of-winston-smith

Joseph Conrad’s Outpost of Fear

Sixty-five years ago, Robert Penn Warren and Albert Erskine compiled an anthology, Short Story Masterpieces, three dozen examples of great short fiction in English from the previous sixty or so years.  Authors included ranged from Stephen Crane and Henry James to Ernest Hemingway and Eudora Welty.  Among them was Joseph Conrad’s tale from 1897, “An Outpost of Progress.” In their Introduction, Warren and Erskine noted that Conrad’s “Heart of Darkness” (1899) was too long to…

The Genius of Newman

In anticipation of John Henry Newman’s canonization this weekend, here’s my tribute to the great man and soon-to-be saint: https://www.faithandculture.com/home/2019/10/2/the-genius-of-john-henry-newman

Brexit or Leave It

What do the European Union and Hotel California have in common? All is revealed in my latest essay for the Imaginative Conservative: https://theimaginativeconservative.org/2019/10/brexit-or-leave-it-joseph-pearce.html

On the Road Not Taken

What way should we turn when we come to the fork in the road? Should we turn left or right? Or does the fork speak with a forked tongue? http://www.ncregister.com/blog/josephpearce/on-the-road-not-taken