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Misplaced Enthusiasm

We live in a world in which people think that enthusiasm fixes everything. When I was a young man, I was enthusiastic, at least about one thing: women.  I wanted a Love Affair that Mattered.  And so I had an intense affair with a young woman who was as enthusiastic as I was and who I later referred to as my “Hitler Youth”.  She was a college student who was keen on Ayn Rand and…
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A Few Pointed Observations on Vagueness

I’ve been dealing with a challenging situation for the last two weeks, so I have not been posting.  Now  we appear to be past that, but I’ve got a major creative project that I hope to finish by Ash Wednesday, so I’m going to keep this post brief – then I plan on bugging my readers with frequent posts and videos and even podcasts during Lent! I will be your penance, dear reader! Meanwhile, a…
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Giving Up for Lent

At nearly every Christian monastery and convent is a bulletin board on which monks and nuns post prayer requests.  Those requests come to the religious community every day, often through friends or relatives of the religious or in the mail from complete strangers.  The latter are often anonymous, and the envelopes are addressed simply to the monastery in general. Some monastic bulletin boards might be arranged in parallel columns according to what spiritual writers classify…
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Talking about Tolkien

I recently had the great pleasure of doing an hour-long interview on Tolkien’s life and work for a dynamic Tolkien-related website. The podcast of the interview has just been uploaded. Here’s the link: http://truemyths.org/2017/02/18/the-tolkien-road-ep99-christianity-lotr-an-interview-with-joseph-pearce/
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What is Capitalism?

In my latest article for the Imaginative Conservative I ask the proverbial “million dollar question”: http://www.theimaginativeconservative.org/2017/02/what-is-capitalism-joseph-pearce.html
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Verse in Adversity

Subscribers to the St. Austin Review might recognize this article on poetry and modernity published yesterday by the Imaginative Conservative. It was originally published last summer as an editorial in the StAR: http://www.theimaginativeconservative.org/2017/02/verse-adversity-poetry-modernity-joseph-pearce.html
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Race Against Reason

In an article in the new issue of Chronicles I tackle the thorny topic of race and racism from the time-honoured perspective of reason: http://www.chroniclesmagazine.org/2017/March/41/3/magazine/article/10838305/
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Learning from Lear

My latest article for Intellectual Takeout surveys the timely truths to be gleaned from Shakespeare’s timeless play, King Lear: http://www.intellectualtakeout.org/blog/king-lear-tragedy-relativism
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An Interview for Catholic World Report

The English writer, Kevin Turley, recently interviewed me for Catholic World Report on being a Catholic writer. Here’s the link to the published interview: http://www.catholicworldreport.com/Blog/5413/the_creative_catholic_joseph_pearce.aspx
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What does Protectionism Protect?

What should we think of protectionism, one of the principles espoused by President Trump? My latest article for the Imaginative Conservative addresses the question: http://www.theimaginativeconservative.org/2017/02/protectionism-jewel-crown-trumponomics-bruce-frohnen.html