Faith & Culture has just published my musings on the difference between reality and virtual reality:
New exclusive content has been uploaded to the Inner Sanctum for subscriber-donors of my website, jpearce.co.
This week’s new content includes:
An exclusive excerpt from the book I am currently writing, which will not be published until the Spring of next year. The book is tentatively titled, “Literature: What Every Catholic Should Know”, and the excerpt is the full chapter on Miguel de Cervantes, author of Don Quixote.
An old interview, unavailable anywhere on the internet, in which I answer unusual and imaginative questions, such as: What is the highlight of my life as a writer? What’s the most frustrating aspect of my work as a researcher? Which dead person would I most like to meet and why? And what is the most interesting question which I’ve ever been asked?
An article in which I muse upon the abuse of language in the service of wrong-headed political “correctness”, especially as it relates to the thorny question of same-sex attraction.
The latest audio lecture in the 45-lecture series on Tolkien and C. S. Lewis.
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I have nothing but the deepest respect and admiration, not to say effusive enthusiasm, for the work of Cluny Media, a publishing house which is bringing some of the neglected classics of the Catholic Revival back into print. The series of Cluny Classics has resurrected the Chestertonian genius of Myles Connolly, bringing three of his novels, including the delightful Mr. Blue, back into print. And now, hot off the press, are new editions of François Mauriac’s The Lamb and a selection of short stories by Nathaniel Hawthorne, which includes the masterful “Dr. Heidegger’s Experiment”. As if these were not enough feathers for one publishing house to be wearing in its cap, I am also overjoyed to see the reissuing of two works on Catholic aesthetics by those giants of neo-Thomism, Jacques Maritain and Etienne Gilson. The former’s Creative Intuition in Art and Poetry delineates the abstract principles at the heart of poiesis whereas the latter’s Choir of Muses discuss the artist’s relationship with the Muse, including insightful chapters on Petrarch, Baudelaire and Wagner.
Those interested in the Catholic cultural revival, or those as passionate as I am about its revitalization in the twenty-first century, should buy and read these books. Not only will they be enriched by the experience but they will be supporting the work of this finest and most important of contemporary publishers.
In my latest podcast for Faith & Culture I discuss the art of storytelling with Paul McCusker’s whose award-winning audio dramas have revitalised Christian drama.
What’s the unmentionable truth about Oscar Wilde that many of his admirers want to keep hidden in the closet? The answer is given in my latest article for the Imaginative Conservative:
I’ve just read my wife’s whimsical account of the experience of reading the work of the Catholic convert novelist and Nobel Prize winner, Sigrid Undset. Finding it lighthearted and enlightening in equal measure, I thought I’d share it:
Faith & Culture has just published my musings on the claim by H. G. Wells and President Wilson that World War One would be “the war to end war”:
A couple of weeks ago I gave a talk at Southern Wesleyan University, at the invitation of the Carolina Institute for Faith and Culture, on the Divine Presence in the good, the true and the beautiful. The video of the talk can be viewed here:
I’m leading a seminar-pilgrimage to Italy next June with Fr. Dwight Longenecker and art historian, Jim Craft. Based in the Tuscan countryside, we will travel to Florence and other local places of interest before proceeding to Ravenna and Venice for the final part of the pilgrimage. I will give talks on Dante and the Classical World, on the Divine Comedy, on Boethius and Dante, and on Shakespeare’s Venice. Other talks on history, spirituality and art will be given by Fr. Longenecker and Dr. Craft. The dates are from June 8-17, 2019.
Do consider joining me in Italy next summer. Here’s the link for further details: