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My Courses for Homeschool Connections

The folks at Homeschool Connections have posted two very brief monologues that I did for them to introduce myself and to promote the course on Mary Shelley’sFrankenstein that I’m teaching this summer. Each video only lasts about two minutes. Please take a look and share the links on social media. Thanks. Here are the links: Meet Joseph Pearce https://youtu.be/v-DHxyiTOeA Frankenstein: Misunderstood Monster https://youtu.be/tVcc_j9gPvE

Death Comes for the War Poets

In my latest article for the Imaginative Conservative I write about my latest book, published next week, a verse drama which is also opening at the Sheen Center in New York on June 9 and will run for sixteen performances. Details of the book and also of how to obtain tickets for the performances in New York can be found in the article: http://www.theimaginativeconservative.org/2017/05/death-comes-war-poets-joseph-pearce.html

Father Milward on the New Issue

As has become customary, Fr. Peter Milward has written an appraisal of the contents of the new issue of the St. Austin Review. Also, as has become customary, I am publishing his comments on the Ink Desk:  Comments on StAR 17.3, May-June 2017 “The World’s a Stage, The Drama of Faith” By Peter Milward SJ   The Editorial is, as usual, brilliant, in looking through the world of Shakespeare, as he himself does, to the…

War Poets and the Huffington Post

I’m very pleased to see that an article about my new verse drama, Death Comes for the War Poets, opening next month in New York, has just been published by the Huffington Post: http://m.huffpost.com/us/entry/us_5918b809e4b00ccaae9ea430

One Benedict Option

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Several years ago, I was repeatedly distracted by the idea of one-vs-many. It seemed to present itself in all sorts of contexts, the way something does when it demands admittance into our consciousness. I even wrote several posts on the subject, seeing the conflict (for that is what it was) in several different guises. When that sort of thing happens, we usually find the source of the disturbance in our own psyche, and so I…

A New Thomas More

My latest article for the Imaginative Conservative compares the heroism of Anthony Esolen to that of St. Thomas More: http://www.theimaginativeconservative.org/2017/05/anthony-esolen-thomas-more-joseph-pearce.html

Homeschool Connections Courses

Dear Ink Desk Readers, I thought you might like my videos for my Homeschool Connections courses.  Here’s the whole playlist – https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL6nwcq2gOwaDvobs-AYEr0Csmh7BjjuI7.  You can watch all of them by clicking “play all” but the first one is probably the best.  They’re all pretty short. And be sure to sign your kids or grandkids up for Homeschool Connections!

Death Off Broadway

An article about my forthcoming verse drama, Death Comes for the War Poets, has just been published in the off-Broadway section of Broadway World. The article contains everything you need to know about the verse drama, which opens in New York on June 9. Please read on and, if possible, plan on coming to one of the performances: http://www.broadwayworld.com/off-broadway/article/Blackfriars-Rep-and-Storm-Theatre-to-Stage-World-Premiere-of-DEATH-COMES-FOR-THE-WAR-POETS-20170510

Tragic Hatred and the Well of Mercy

An article I wrote originally for the UK’s Catholic Herald has just been republished by the Imaginative Conservative: http://www.theimaginativeconservative.org/2017/05/tragic-hatred-magic-mercy-joseph-pearce.html

What It’s All About

There’s a Life Magazine special issue out about Mary. At the end of the main article, the writer laments, “If only we had a simply human Mary, that would be enough.” My reaction: We do have a simply human Mary.  No orthodox Christian has ever believed or taught that Mary is anything other than human.  So that should be enough. My wife’s reaction: For people, it’s never enough. And that’s really it.  That’s what it’s…

Acting and Appearances

SCTV’s Bobby Bitman used to say, “As a comic, in all seriousness”.  Perhaps I should say, “As an actor, in all sincerity …” because, of course, acting is the opposite of sincerity in the same way that comedy is the opposite of seriousness. But that’s not really true.  Good acting is authentic or sincere at a very basic level.  Within the framework of the Secondary Reality or Sub-creation of the drama, good acting must be…

Manfred Honeck and Bruckner’s Eighth

It is fitting that a day in late April, 2017, marked by alternating sunshine and thunderstorms should see Manfred Honeck and the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra’s performance of Anton Bruckner’s Eighth Symphony in C Minor.  From the first shimmering notes to the final crescendo, it was a triumph.  The setting for this performance was the basilica of the Benedictine monastery of Saint Vincent Archabbey, outside Latrobe, Pennsylvania.  The superb acoustics of the archabbey’s church, completed in…