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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: https://theimaginativeconservative.org/2020/05/the-mighty-nine-reflections-beethoven-250-symphonies.html

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…

What is Wrong

A recent editorial that I wrote for the St. Austin Review has just been republished by the National Catholic Register:https://www.ncregister.com/blog/josephpearce/what-is-wrong

Next Time, There Will Be No Excuses

What needs to happen the next time the globalist experiment infects its human guinea pigs with another pestilence? Here is “an open letter to the Catholic bishops” addressing this very question:https://www.crisismagazine.com/2020/next-time-there-will-be-no-excuses


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I have a neighbor and friend who brings me groceries during this pandemic. Today she squeezed in a grocery run between other errands, and we had a conversation when I picked up the groceries. She had to pick up grandchildren earlier, and I mentioned that she’s always having birthday parties, or celebrations of various occasions; she’s always doing something for her children and grandchildren. “You are very blessed, you know,” I said. She smiled. “Yes,…

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…

Confronting the Heart of Darkness

My review of Fr. Dwight Longenecker’s new book has just been published by the Imaginative Conservative:https://theimaginativeconservative.org/2020/05/immortal-combat-dwight-longenecker-joseph-pearce.html

Discussing Solzhenitsyn

This past weekend I appeared on Deal Hudson’s wonderful radio show, Church and Culture, to discuss my biography of Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn. Here’s the ink to the interview:https://avemariaradio.net/audio-archive/church-and-culture-may-16-2020-hour-2/

What’s New in This Week’s Inner Sanctum

Here is what I’ve posted to the Inner Sanctum of my personal website, jpearce.co, 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…

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…

Mrs. Muir and Captain Gregg

Seventy-five years ago, a short novel charmed readers and became popular enough to get made two years later into a major Hollywood film.  Twenty-one years after the film’s moderate success, the story became a weekly half-hour television show, lasting two years.  Along the way, most people seem to have forgotten the book, by R. A. Dick (pen name of Josephine Leslie), although it remains in print. The Ghost and Mrs. Muir can come under the…