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Evelyn Waugh Revisited

January/February 2016: Evelyn Waugh Revisited

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“Waugh Mistaken and Brideshead Unvisited” by Frank Brownlow

Reading Evelyn Waugh’s collected journalism more than fifty years after he wrote it, one realizes how accurately he prophesied the long-range consequences of radical egalitarianism in all the departments of life.

Consider the disappearance of the word “gentleman”. A fight breaks out between two young men in their late twenties in the parking lot of a neighborhood bar in a depressed city. The police arrive, restore order, and ask questions. One of the combatants says, “I don’t know why the gentleman approached me. I don’t know him.”

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Belloc
Belloc and His World

Belloc and His World

November/December 2015: Belloc and His World

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“On Pilgrimage and Sacramentality: Hilaire Belloc’s The Four Men” by Tod Worner.

Recently, upon reading Hilaire Belloc’s classic The Four Men, I came to a new appreciation: the virtue of “re-reading”. The first read, I have learned, always tells you what happened, but each subsequent read tells you what it means. There is no better work to re-read than a book about a pilgrimage. Especially one described by Hilaire Belloc. We care where the pilgrimage takes us. But we care even more what the pilgrimage means.

Belloc opens his extraordinary journey having found himself in a state—a funk—in which we all may find ourselves sooner or later. It is the bittersweet position of taking stock in our life when, in a moment of naked honesty and true poignancy, we find we have strayed from our intended path. Belloc’s moment came on the twenty-ninth of October, 1902 to be exact. He was in an English inn known as the “George” at Robertsbridge. Nursing port and staring at the fire, the intense, brooding Belloc arrived at a harsh conclusion: You are missing what matters.

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