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Memory and Prophecy


Many years ago, during the height of my Tolkien obsession, I engaged in online chat with other Middle-Earth inhabitants. We covered topics like “Where would you have lived in Middle-Earth?” Most chatters said they would have lived in the Shire; some said Rivendell. I knew I would have lived in Lothlorien. When the topic of immortal [...]

Memory and Prophecy2020-11-22T23:48:15-05:00

Discussing R. H. Benson and Other Literary Converts


Newly published by Catholic World Report is the first appearance in English of an interview that Joseph Pearce gave to a Polish journal on Benson and other literary converts:

Discussing R. H. Benson and Other Literary Converts2020-11-20T22:37:21-05:00

Othello in a Nutshell


Understanding the deepest elements in one of Shakespeare's darkest tragedies in a little more than a thousand words...

Othello in a Nutshell2020-11-18T15:05:33-05:00

Allan Calhamer’s Diplomacy and Historians


Historians tend to have fun in ways unlike most other people, so a game using a map and set in the past ought to be just what any historian would be after.  Diplomacy, a board game commercially introduced in 1959 by Allan Calhamer, harkens back to the era of the First World War and forgoes a [...]

Allan Calhamer’s Diplomacy and Historians2020-11-10T11:59:48-05:00

Literary Light Amid the Ruins


When the world is "progressing" towards the dark wood of despair and death, it is literature which lights the way to a better and brighter path:

Literary Light Amid the Ruins2020-11-11T01:20:02-05:00

St. Martin of Tours and His Times


The life of St. Martin of Tours, patron saint of France, soldiers, and beggars, reaches over the greater part of the 4th century, that period during which the Church, no longer a proscribed society, found herself for the first time free to pursue the evangelization of the Roman Empire. This was the work of more than [...]

St. Martin of Tours and His Times2020-11-09T23:08:17-05:00

Sex Revisited


Several years ago, when I was still teaching Freshman English at a local university, I wrote a post about the coming death of sex. I reported that I’d held a class discussion on the subject, and more or less polled my students. On the basis of that discussion, I concluded that sex was dying. There were [...]

Sex Revisited2020-11-09T18:10:57-05:00
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