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Who’s Your Daddy?

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I read that the UK concerned itself recently about the possibility of loneliness among British citizens and conducted a poll to determine the relative loneliness of the people. The results inspired them to create a Ministry of Loneliness. Yes. Really. Sounds like something from an old Monty Python show, but there it is.  I’m not sure how it works, but presumably, there will be some sort of government-run programs to ameliorate loneliness among the population.…

R.I.P., Gunny

Lee Ermey, who has died at age 74, was a national treasure. He gained undying fame as U. S. Marine Gunnery Sergeant Hartman in Stanley Kubrick’s film, Full Metal Jacket (1987). Nine years later, Alan Bennett watched the movie and wrote in his diary, later published in Untold Stories (2005), “It’s remarkable chiefly for the language of the Marine instructor, a wonderfully written and terrible part, which takes language into areas certainly undescribed in 1987,…

Interview with the American Solidarity Party

I was recently interviewed by the leader of the American Solidarity Party, who forwarded me questions from ASP members who had read my book, Small is Still Beautiful. Here’s the interview: https://chouinardn.wordpress.com/2018/04/14/small-is-still-beautiful-economics-as-if-families-mattered/

The Armenian Genocide

My latest article for the Imaginative Conservative exposes the Armenian Genocide as secularism’s dirty secret: http://www.theimaginativeconservative.org/2018/04/armenian-genocide-siobhan-nash-marshall-joseph-pearce.html

Further Up and Further In: A Review

I was very pleased to see this fine and positive review of my latest book, Further Up and Further In: Understanding Narnia, by Chad Chisholm, a professor of literature at Southern Wesleyan University: http://www.freedomshillprimer.com/institute/2018/04/10/come-further-up-come-further-in%E2%80%95a-new-book-by-joseph-pearce/

Belloc versus Tolkien

My article on the differing views of Anglo-Saxon England held by Hilaire Belloc and J. R. R. Tolkien has just been published by the National Catholic Register. http://www.ncregister.com/blog/josephpearce/belloc-versus-tolkien-two-views-of-anglo-saxon-england

Discussing Books and Beauty

This past Sunday I was a guest of the Sabbath Rest Book Group, a gathering of Catholic writers. We discussed Shakespeare, Flannery O’Connor and the good, the true and the beautiful, and the current state of the budding Catholic literary revival. I join the discussion after about 20 minutes. Here’s the link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dyA7ptnhYf4&feature=youtu.be

The Dark Side of Normal

My latest article for the Imaginative Conservative returns to the discussion of what constitutes normality, which I began with my earlier article “What is Normal?”  http://www.theimaginativeconservative.org/2018/04/dark-side-normal-joseph-pearce.html

Abiding in Sin

The defining moment of Evelyn Waugh’s masterpiece, Brideshead Revisited, is Lord Marchmain’s act of faith and repentance as he unexpectedly makes the sign of the cross during the last rites. This act not only has eternal consequences for Lord Marchmain, but also for his daughter Julia and her lover Charles Ryder. For this surprising act of faith from an obstinate “fallen” Catholic has, as Charles himself puts it, the effect of rending the veil of…

American Literature & Catholic Faith

American Literature & Catholic Faith The May/June issue of the St. Austin Review is winging its way to the printer. The issue’s theme is “American Literature & Catholic Faith”. Highlights: Geoffrey M. Vaughan examines Orestes Brownson and the Natural Aristocracy. Aaron Urbanczyk sees Mortality and Self-Confrontation in Death Comes for the Archbishop. William Randall Lancaster recalls the literary and academic career of his grandfather, Charles Maxwell Lancaster. John M. Gist considers Walker Percy and the God Question. Kevin…