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The Presence of the Past

My latest article for the Imaginative Conservative takes me on a journey through time and space, from the Norman Conquest till the present day, and from a village in England to Michigan, Florida, South Carolina and Tennessee. Please feel free to time travel with me on this link:  http://www.theimaginativeconservative.org/2016/09/the-presence-of-the-past-pearce.html


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I love the Southern Baptist hymns from my rural Georgia childhood. A distant cousin forwarded this youtube video of a family singing a hymn inside a silo on their farm. Apparently great acoustics in silos. Enjoy. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1_4p–YkeSE&sns=em

Musings on My Latest Book

I am pleased to see a thoughtful and thought-provoking discussion of my latest bookMerrie England in this morning’s Crisis.   http://www.crisismagazine.com/2016/search-joseph-pearces-england

Thanking God for Spain

Longtime subscribers to the St. Austin Review might have a sense of déjà vu as they read this article, just published by the Imaginative Conservative. It was first published as the editorial to a Spanish theme issue of StAR way back in 2013.   http://www.theimaginativeconservative.org/2016/09/revere-spain-pearce.html

A Bard’s Prayer

Let me catch the flame Golden, glittering, glaring So my fingers may glow as I hold the pen Let me taste the wine Sweet, smooth, sumptuous So my speech may be seasoned when I tell the tale   Let me smooth the cloth Crumpled, crude, queer-colored, So beauty and grace may greet each eye Let me weave with thread Silver, star-lit, spider-spun So my words may flow like a moon-kissed stream   Let me glimpse…

A True Celebration

Often when reading of ages past I’ve noticed that grown-ups used to know how to truly have fun. Before the waltz was invented, everyone used to dance together in great circles, young and old alike. They used to play games that involved everyone’s participation and imagination, throwing together impromptu plays and acting out charades. And once, the adults could even be counted on to join in a romp through the house playing sardines– can you…

Is Love All We Need?

Was John Lennon right? Is love all we need? Here’s my take on the iconic Beatles anthem: http://www.intellectualtakeout.org/blog/what-most-people-dont-understand-about-love

Neo-Mediaevalism and Distributism

Are distributists guilty of neo-mediaevalism? My latest article for the Imaginative Conservative finds them “not guilty”: http://www.theimaginativeconservative.org/2016/09/why-distributists-should-not-romanticize-middle-ages-pearce.html

Father Milward’s Notes on the New Issue

As has become customary, Fr. Peter Milward, the internationally renowned Shakespeare scholar, has shared his comments on the contents of the latest issue. As one who knew Tolkien, his comments on our previous issue, which was on the theme of “The Catholic World of J. R. R. Tolkien”, were especially welcome. Since Fr. Milward also knew C. S. Lewis personally and corresponded with him, his comments on the new issue on “C. S. Lewis &…

Paul Scofield on Playing St. Thomas More

Paul Scofield on how he created his Award-winning stage and screen role as Sir Thomas More in “A Man for All Seasons”. From “Actors on Acting: The Theories, Techniques, and Practices of the World’s Great Actors Told in their Own Words”, pages 421-422. “What matters to me is whether I like the play, for one thing, and for another, whether I can recognize and identify myself with the character I’m to play. My intuition for…