Benjamin Welton

About Benjamin Welton

The product of northern West Virginia’s identity complex, 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 |2019-06-17T15:19:13-05:00November 11th, 2014|Categories: Art, Music|Tags: |

Charles Nodier, the French Romantic writer who lived through the hells of the Reign of Terror and the wars of Napoleon, once pontificated upon the deeper relationship between nature and language. Specifically, Nodier attempted to define separate languages by the natural landscapes that they culled forth in his own, highly imaginative brain. To him, [...]

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 [...]

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

By |2018-11-09T12:18:46-05:00May 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 [...]

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

By |2016-02-12T15:28:13-05:00April 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 [...]

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

By |2018-08-21T15:14:47-05:00March 6th, 2014|Categories: Gustav Holst, Music|Tags: |

Considering that it was influenced by the hokum that is astrology, Gustav Holst’s seven-movement orchestra The Planets, Op. 32 would seem like an odd choice for a discussion topic in The Imaginative Conservative. First introduced to astrology by his friend, the journalist, poet, and playwright Clifford Bax, Holst designed The Planets as a musical [...]