All posts by Joseph Pearce

Reflections on Beethoven’s Nine Symphonies

The Imaginative Conservative has published a wonderful “symphony” of reflections on each of Beethoven’s symphonies, as part of its ongoing celebration of the 250th anniversary of the great composer’s birth. My contribution was to reflect on the Sixth Symphony. Here’s the full article, with contributions by nine different writers:

What’s New in the Inner Sanctum This Week

Here’s the new and exclusive content added to the Inner Sanctum of my personal website in the past week:
Home is Where the Hearth Is: Continuing the series on What Every Catholic Should Know About Literature, I discuss the Romantic Poets.
Revisiting Old Favourites: Continuing the selection of some of Chesterton’s finest essays, listen to the discussion and reading of “What I Found in My Pocket”.
Poem of the Week: Continuing our mini-series of war poems, I read and discuss “Lepanto” by G. K. Chesterton.
Ladydale Diary: Day to day musings on life at home with the Pearce Family.
Personal Correspondence on diverse matters, including St. Edward the Confessor, Shakespeare’s sonnets, and nihilism.
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Join Me for an Online Book Club on Brideshead Revisited

Due to the popularity of the “Thursdays with Thursday” book club on The Man Who was Thursday, which begins next week, we’ve decided to offer another five-week book club, which we’re calling “Revisiting Brideshead” in which I’ll be leading a discussion of Evelyn Waugh’s classic novel, Brideshead Revisited.  This will meet at 8pm on each Thursday from July 16 until August 13. This will also be limited to only 50 participants so please do consider signing up soon – and tell your friends! Here’s the link:  

What’s New in This Week’s Inner Sanctum

Here is what I’ve posted to the Inner Sanctum of my personal website,, in the past week:
In the first of three poems that I’ll be discussing and reading to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the ending of the Second World War in Europe (VE Day) and also the forthcoming Memorial Day, the Poem of the Week is “The Charge of the Light Brigade” by Alfred Lord Tennyson.
In the ninth part of our current podcast series on “What Every Catholic Should Know About Literature” I discuss Shakespeare.
In the latest of the podcast series in which I “revisit old favourites”, I read and discuss Chesterton’s essay “On Running After One’s Hat”.
And last but hopefully not least are my weekly musings on life, family and the pursuit of holiness in the Ladydale Diary.
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A Talk on Distributism

I’ve just taken part in an online conference on Distributism hosted by the Croatian Chesterton Society. Those who share my passion for family-friendly economics will enjoy this event, which lasts for about an hour. The first talk is excellent. Mine follows it. Each talk is about 20 minutes in length, and there’s a Q&A session afterwards. There are a few technical glitches at the beginning of my talk but all else is good. Here’s the link: