Writing

Why Letter-Writing Is Essential to the Good Life

By |2019-10-10T12:06:28-05:00October 10th, 2019|Categories: Culture, Michael De Sapio, Modernity, Senior Contributors, Writing|

In an age when we have come to expect things to happen for us instantaneously, letter-writing is a school for patience. Letter-writing also has the mysterious power to convey not just the words but the presence of the person. It has been the nourishment of romantic love for ages. In writing letters, we participate [...]

Reading Other People’s Mail

By |2019-08-22T15:59:11-05:00August 22nd, 2019|Categories: Community, Friendship, History, Writing|

I like to read other people’s mail. Don’t worry, I only read the mail of dead people. Mainly dead people whose books I’ve read. Let me explain. I like to read published letters of my favorite authors. I’m currently dipping into two volumes of selected letters: Willa Cather’s to virtually everyone with whom she [...]

The Power of Metaphor

By |2019-07-12T12:26:29-05:00July 11th, 2019|Categories: Culture, Literature, Poetry, Writing|

Metaphor should not be approached as some “thing,” but as a transformative power, the invisible process by which “things” come into being. Using metaphor, even very simple language and very common-place images can be brought into new, unique constellations. Contrary to the sundry definitions of metaphor proffered by many school teachers and dictionaries, metaphor [...]

Chesterton the Crusader: Using Words as a Sword

By |2019-06-28T23:53:52-05:00June 28th, 2019|Categories: Books, Christian Humanism, Christianity, G.K. Chesterton, Joseph Pearce, Sainthood, Senior Contributors, Writing|

More than anyone, Dale Ahlquist has borne witness to the power of G.K. Chesterton and has witnessed the resurrection of Chesterton’s reputation. His book is therefore the fruit of much labour and tremendous knowledge, as well as being an act of unabashed homage to one whom Mr. Ahlquist considers to be not merely a [...]

Ovid on Finding Your Voice

By |2019-06-11T23:43:16-05:00June 11th, 2019|Categories: Imagination, Letters From Dante Series, Louis Markos, Senior Contributors, Writing|

There is always room in the temple of poetry for another voice, another perspective, another way of tackling the great themes of humanity. So listen to me, now, you who will grace this earth 2000 years after I’m dead and gone: Be the person you were created to be. Author’s Introduction: Imagine if Homer, [...]

Beauty in the Face of Indifference

By |2019-06-10T09:46:46-05:00June 8th, 2019|Categories: Books, Catholicism, Christianity, Education, Joseph Pearce, Liberal Learning, Writing|

The renewal of Catholic literature is happening before our very eyes through the efforts of many very good Catholic writers. The problem is that our eyes are closed. We do not see the glorious fruit of this literary revival because we are not looking for it. I am presently in the midst of reading [...]

“Writers on Writing”: A Treasure Trove of Advice

By |2019-06-06T23:04:43-05:00June 6th, 2019|Categories: Books, Culture, Writing|

Approach this charming collection of writers’ conversations with an expectation to encounter some thought or piece of advice that you didn’t know you needed or wanted, and you will find yourself delighted with a fresh dose of enthusiasm for thoughtful, meaningful writing and story-telling. Writers on Writing: Conversations with Allen Mendenhall, edited by Allen [...]

Horseman and Poet

By |2019-04-14T16:26:48-05:00April 13th, 2019|Categories: Culture, Glenn Arbery, Modernity, Senior Contributors, Writing|

This morning, I had the privilege of speaking to the entire student body and faculty of Portsmouth Abbey School on the eastern shore of Narragansett Bay, nine or ten miles north of Newport, Rhode Island. My topic was “why literature matters,” but my emphasis was on the way that identity politics ruins both literature [...]

On Loving Writing

By |2019-03-01T16:12:44-05:00March 1st, 2019|Categories: Bradley J. Birzer, Love, Senior Contributors, Writing|

Few things in life have given me as much pleasure as writing has. I’ve never been what anyone would describe as “low-energy,” but I’ve also not always been exactly sure how to release my own energies, especially when it came to writing. I’ve also always possessed the creative impulse, but that impulse was frustrated [...]

Edgar Allan Poe’s “Eldorado”

By |2019-02-02T16:46:02-05:00February 1st, 2019|Categories: Culture, Edgar Allan Poe, Literature, Poetry, Writing|

From a compositional and conceptual standpoint, “Eldorado” is arguably Edgar Allan Poe’s greatest poem. It is a perfect example of how a seemingly simple theme can be thoroughly developed using new rich metaphors, which allow human beings to communicate what is otherwise not possible with merely literal forms of communication… Editor’s Note: The author [...]

The Return of Storytelling in a Digital Age

By |2019-04-25T12:01:26-05:00November 13th, 2018|Categories: Dwight Longenecker, Fiction, Literature, Modernity, Senior Contributors, Technology, Writing|

Podcast stories, like reading, have the advantage of engaging the audience’s imagination. And lest the technophobes among us decry the dominance of gadgets, rather than the gadgetry taking us into a brave new world, the technology is actually allowing us to participate in a much older form of literature: storytelling… Some time ago, on [...]