Benjamin Welton

About Benjamin Welton

Benjamin Welton is a freelance writer, music critic, author, and poet whose work has appeared in such publications as The Atlantic, Crime Magazine, Thought Catalog, InYourSpeakers, and many more. He graduated with an M.A. in English Literature from the University of Vermont, where he taught Basic English composition for two years. His first book—Hands Dabbled in Blood—was published in June 2013.

The Haunting Images of Theodor Kittelsen

By |2020-03-05T14:58:32-06:00November 11th, 2014|Categories: Art|Tags: |

Among Theodor Kittelsen’s more popular illustrations are the ones that present a depressing portrait of Norway circa 1349—the year the bubonic plague came to the country. Kittlesen represents the Black Death as a gnomish, old hag who travels from one barren landscape to another. In her wake, nothing remains. “Echo” Charles Nodier, the [...]

A Dreamer Out of Time: Nicholas Roerich

By |2014-10-23T17:08:03-05:00October 23rd, 2014|Categories: Art, Russia|Tags: |

In a large part of the Western mindset, Russian culture only really existed in the nineteenth century. Before Vladimir Putin’s kleptocracy and before the horrific purges of the Soviets, Russia was, we are led to believe, a somewhat backwards land that nevertheless managed to produce great works of art. Undoubtably, Russia in the nineteenth century [...]

Eccentricity and Domesticity: The World of the Nero Wolfe Mysteries

By |2019-02-14T13:40:21-06:00July 15th, 2014|Categories: Books, Mystery|

The detective story seems predicated on action. Even the most leisurely or snobbish mystery novels contain some semblance of motion, and typically it is the primary detective who does most of the legwork. Of course, the level of sweat is based on who is writing the story. The British school of mystery writing, especially during [...]

Darling of the Dark Enlightenment: The Aristocratic & Radical Traditionalist Julius Evola

By |2018-11-09T12:18:46-06:00May 18th, 2014|Categories: Conservatism, Fascism, Russia, Socialism|Tags: |

Julias Evola’s Passport Photo, 1940 Defining “Right-wing” is not an easy task. While Russell Kirk’s definition of conservatism is the rejection of ideology (which is materialist and, as Bradley J. Birzer puts it in “Russell Kirk on the Errors of Ideology,” falsely “promises mankind an earthly paradise”), the basic and general catch-all of [...]

Dean of Detective Fiction’s Decalogue: An Appreciation for Monsignor Ronald Knox

By |2016-02-12T15:28:13-06:00April 10th, 2014|Categories: Books, Christianity, Fiction, G.K. Chesterton|Tags: |

Ronald Knox, like his fellow Englishman G.K. Chesterton, was both a Roman Catholic and a detective fiction writer. Originally, it was Chesterton’s writing that lead Knox, a former Anglican priest at Trinity College, Oxford, towards converting to Catholicism. When Knox converted in 1917, Chesterton was still the Anglican son of a somewhat apathetic Unitarian family. [...]

Vienna’s Last Romantic: Erich Wolfgang Korngold and “The Dead City”

By |2020-08-10T14:44:02-05:00March 31st, 2014|Categories: Audio/Video, Music|Tags: |

In many ways, Korngold’s opera “The Dead City” is one of the last gasps of Old Vienna and Old Austria. In its wake came competing national identities, communism, socialism, and, most potently, fascism. When Die tote Stadt (The Dead City) debuted in December 1920, Erich Wolfgang Korngold was only 23. Mahler called him a genius [...]

Majesty in Motion: Gustav Holst’s “The Planets”

By |2021-02-18T11:09:09-06:00March 6th, 2014|Categories: Gustav Holst, Music|Tags: |

Make no bones about: Gustav Holst’s “The Planets” is conservative because of its deep appreciation for the sublime and the beautiful. Better yet, its conservatism can be found in its holistic and ordered approach to human emotions, as well as its unbridled love for mystery and transcendent revelation. Considering that it was influenced by the [...]

Nevermind the Sherlock: Rediscovering the Great Gentleman

By |2014-08-04T16:13:13-05:00February 6th, 2014|Categories: Sherlock Holmes, Television|

It’s hard to avoid it. Sherlock fever is everywhere, and all across the Internet, American viewers are feverishly keeping up with the Third Season of BBC One’s hit television show, Sherlock. In case you’ve been immune to the virus since 2010, the gist of Sherlock is that it is a thoroughly modern take on Sir Arthur [...]

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