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“Another Really Good One”

“Another really good one,” is how Peter Dobbins, director of Death Comes for the War Poets, described the latest positive review of the play, which is now in its final week at the Sheen Center in New York:   http://www.theaterinthenow.com/2017/06/review-war-as-told-through-poetry.html
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Another Good Review

“Another Good One!!” This is how Peter Dobbins, Director of Death Comes for the War Poets, greeted yet another positive review of the verse drama currently being staged in the Sheen Center, NYC:   http://www.theepochtimes.com/n3/2258902-theater-review-death-comes-for-the-war-poets/
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First Things on the Last Things

I’m delighted to see a positive review of Death Comes for the War Poets in First Things. As the former serves as a memento mori, a reminder of death prompting us to meditate on the Four Last Things (Death, Judgment, Heaven and Hell) we can say that this is a case of First Things on the Last Things! Here’s the review:   https://www.firstthings.com/web-exclusives/2017/06/the-transfiguration-of-death
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St. Flannery’s Epistles to Miss A.

I am reading Flannery’s O’Connor’s letters.  I was bored until her correspondence from 1955.  Before then, she was writing to friends about money, book deals, things she was reading.  But in 1955, she took up a correspondence with a woman from Atlanta, a Pagan pantheist / agnostic who is referred to as “Miss A.”  Suddenly Flannery confronts the Big Questions and the result is awesome.  Here are some selections from Flannery O’Connor’s correspondence with “Miss…
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A Dance Macabre

I was delighted to read this very positive review of my verse drama, Death Comes for the War Poets, currently running in New York City:   https://aleteia.org/2017/06/16/war-poets-a-dance-of-death-in-the-trenches-of-world-war-i/
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Replacing ObamaCare with Solidarity

My article on the issues surrounding the repeal of the Affordable Care Act, originally published in Chronicles, has now been published by the Imaginative Conservative:   http://www.theimaginativeconservative.org/2017/06/healthcare-solidarity-socialism-joseph-pearce.html
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Rod Stewart and Sub-creation

  Between December, 2007, and June, 2017, Model Railroader magazine has featured rock and roll legend Rod Stewart.  Since December, 2010, those features have been cover stories, the magazine falling open at the centerfold to reveal stunning photographs of his model railroad.  In his autobiography, Rod (2012), he subtitled his chapter on model railroading “In which our hero owns up to a habit most shocking and time-consuming.” As habits go, it is time-consuming, but not…
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Death Comes Alive in New York City

The experience of seeing my verse drama, Death Comes for the War Poets, raised to life on stage in New York City had a profound impact on me which I endeavour to express in my latest article for the Imaginative Conservative. For those within distance of NYC, I urge you to get tickets before the run ends on June 24. Here’s the article: http://www.theimaginativeconservative.org/2017/06/death-comes-war-poets-new-york-joseph-pearce.html
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The Games We Play: A Reflection on Competition vs. Sacrifice

Games. Always playing games. Filling up the mind with plotting, and our heart’s surge crested with the thrill. Our little games, so all-important to us in the apex of victory or the crush of defeat, so turbulent as the rush of adrenaline. We are making love with conflict. We love to choose our sides, for our security, and make the others “Other”. And once that is done, we fly our pennants and chant our war-cries.…
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Death, War and Poetry in New York City

I’ve just returned from five days in New York City for the opening of my verse drama,Death Comes for the War Poets, which has also been described as a verse tapestry or even a verse ballet. I’m very encouraged by the positive response it has received, including this article by Kathryn Jean Lopez:   https://patriotpost.us/opinion/49571