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Daniel J. Heisey, O. S. B, is a Benedictine monk of Saint Vincent Archabbey, Latrobe, Pennsylvania, where he is known as Brother Bruno. He teaches Church History at Saint Vincent Seminary.

Louis Auchincloss’ Historical Covenant

2019-11-12T04:46:21-05:00

In the late 1980s we corresponded briefly, Mr. Auchincloss kindly answering some questions I had about his writing.  From 1947 to 2010, much of his fiction, literary criticism, and histories deftly chronicled well-heeled residents of the middle and northern part of America’s eastern seaboard.  For his characters, poverty meant hitting principal, while my world was closer [...]

Louis Auchincloss’ Historical Covenant2019-11-12T04:46:21-05:00

Surviving with Frank Miniter

2019-10-25T03:18:51-04:00

“Okay,” he said, slowly, patiently, “now, squeeze.”  A father with a .22, teaching his son how to shoot:  A memory evoked by Frank Miniter’s The Ultimate Man’s Survival Guide, published in 2009 and now, ten years later, followed up with The Ultimate Man’s Survival Guide to the Workplace.  (In these casual times, a clue comes from [...]

Surviving with Frank Miniter2019-10-25T03:18:51-04:00

Joseph Conrad’s Outpost of Fear

2019-10-14T04:31:26-04:00

Sixty-five years ago, Robert Penn Warren and Albert Erskine compiled an anthology, Short Story Masterpieces, three dozen examples of great short fiction in English from the previous sixty or so years.  Authors included ranged from Stephen Crane and Henry James to Ernest Hemingway and Eudora Welty.  Among them was Joseph Conrad’s tale from 1897, “An Outpost [...]

Joseph Conrad’s Outpost of Fear2019-10-14T04:31:26-04:00

Manfred Honeck and Bruckner’s Ninth

2019-09-23T03:36:00-04:00

“You are in for a treat,” John Berky told me when he heard that Manfred Honeck and the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra would be in the basilica church of Saint Vincent Archabbey to perform Anton Bruckner’s Ninth Symphony in D Minor.  Berky is Executive Secretary of the Bruckner Society of America and edits the society’s web site [...]

Manfred Honeck and Bruckner’s Ninth2019-09-23T03:36:00-04:00

The McKinley Boys

2019-08-30T04:22:20-04:00

“If I were giving a young man advice,” said Wilbur Wright, “as to how he might succeed in life, I would say to him, pick out a good father and mother, and begin life in Ohio.”  That advice certainly applied to his older contemporary, a fellow Ohioan and the twenty-fifth President of the United States, William [...]

The McKinley Boys2019-08-30T04:22:20-04:00

Nicolas Diat’s A Time to Die

2019-08-04T15:05:51-04:00

With reluctance a monk opens this new book, a sleek, slim paperback having the appearance of appealing to the sepia-toned spirituality of people who see monks and nuns as living Hummels.  “In this desolate world,” writes Nicolas Diat, a French journalist, “I had the idea to take the path of the great monasteries in order to [...]

Nicolas Diat’s A Time to Die2019-08-04T15:05:51-04:00

Philip Marlowe and Nero Wolfe

2019-07-20T05:29:00-04:00

  Sixty years after the death of Raymond Chandler, and eighty years after the publication of his first novel, we mark the first anniversary of a brilliant achievement, The Annotated Big Sleep.  In 1939, Chandler (1888-1959) published The Big Sleep, introducing a fictional Los Angeles private investigator, Philip Marlowe, and in 2018, Owen Hill, Pamela Jackson, [...]

Philip Marlowe and Nero Wolfe2019-07-20T05:29:00-04:00

Newman and Benedictines

2019-05-23T04:32:43-04:00

John Henry Newman (1801-1890) challenged the Utilitarian trend of his day, insisting that there was more to human life than what facts and logic could determine.  As Russell Kirk summed up Newman in The Conservative Mind (1986), “This sensitive and subtle man lived in an age . . . in which Caesar claimed the things that [...]

Newman and Benedictines2019-05-23T04:32:43-04:00

Erwin Panofsky’s Gothic Architecture

2019-04-17T03:08:44-04:00

In December, 1948, at Pennsylvania’s Saint Vincent College, Erwin Panofsky delivered the second annual Wimmer Lecture.  Founded in the first half of the nineteenth century, the college was run by Benedictine monks, and the lecture series honored the memory of the founder abbot of Saint Vincent, Boniface Wimmer. As he addressed students and monks and others, [...]

Erwin Panofsky’s Gothic Architecture2019-04-17T03:08:44-04:00

Man and Beast and Marlin Perkins

2019-04-12T04:24:51-04:00

“But now,” declared Sherlock Holmes in The Hound of the Baskervilles, “we have to prove the connection between the man and the beast.”  Holmes referred, of course, to connecting a hound and a man, but his statement also sums up a general human fascination with finding mythical beings.  In particular, humans have a yearning to find [...]

Man and Beast and Marlin Perkins2019-04-12T04:24:51-04:00
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