Hilaire Belloc is a great hero of mine but that doesn’t mean that I agree with everything he wrote. In this article, just published by Faith & Culture, I disagree with Belloc’s juxtaposition of Europe and the Faith.
The Imaginative Conservative has just published my musings on Mick Jagger, which were prompted or provoked by a discussion at an airport bar.
In my latest article for the Journal of the Cardinal Newman Society I take a trip down memory lane in recalling the bad education I received back in my native England.
Some time ago I was asked to serve as “academic adviser” for a volume of the Children’s Literature Review (Gale Literary Criticism Series) on Hilaire Belloc. I’ve just received my gratis copy and was astonished to see that the retail price for the slim volume is a whopping $418. (Ten copies for me, please!) Obviously it is being marketed to college and university libraries only. Those wishing to read more literary criticism on the work of Belloc, and not just his children’s literature, including essays by noted Bellocians, such as Fr. Schall and Scott Bloch, as well as two essays of mine, one on his attitude to Fascism and the Jews, and the other on his wonderful book, The Four Men, have two options. If they are billionaires, they can reach for their wallets; if not, they should reach for their library cards!
In the latest article of mine to be published by the National Catholic Register I relive time spent in the Shire followed by an uncomfortable encounter with orcs.
In my latest article for the Imaginative Conservative I ponder a future world in which my imaginary unwritten novel would be set.
I was gratified to see my book on Roy Campbell discussed alongside the work of the late Tom Wolfe by the folks at theAmerican Conservative. Virginia Woolf is mentioned in passing in relation to my biography of Campbell.
Was President Trump a traitor for what he said at his meeting with President Putin in Helsinki, or was he a genuine peacemaker? Is Russia really the old Soviet Union in disguise, or is it a largely conservative and increasingly Christian country? These questions are addressed in my latest article for the Imaginative Conservative:
The ancient Greeks claimed that knowledge of the self was the beginning of wisdom. Polonius in Hamlet claimed that being true to ourselves was the most important thing in life. Chesterton, on the other hand, claimed that we can never know ourselves. Who is right? This question is tackled in an article of mine just published by Faith and Culture.