Books & Those Who Read Them Are the Real Endangered Species

By |2021-03-17T14:14:19-05:00March 17th, 2021|Categories: Books, Literature, Modernity|

Reading books forces us to concentrate for longer periods of time than we do while sprinting from site to site online. Certain books demand the employment of certain analytical skills and close reading. But in our age of jittery distraction are readers becoming “an endangered species?” In the February 2021 issue of Chronicles: A Magazine [...]

“St. Patrick”

By |2021-03-16T09:05:12-05:00March 16th, 2021|Categories: Christianity, Poetry, Sainthood|

In dreams you heard your mournful captors’ cry, Calling you to be Christ where you once suffered. Your heart was opened for them, it was not buffered, But porous, taking them and leading them high Above and beyond their druidical sense of the sky […]


By |2021-03-16T09:06:18-05:00March 16th, 2021|Categories: Poetry|

Walking along the paved street Early morning in mid March. The early spring hint, beaten back By insolent winter rampage. Stopping, buttoning coat, Looking downward, Toward buttons and shoes. Stooping, spying something familiar In the unfamiliar winter gasp. Warm hands gathering it. Uplifting what cannot move. Cupping it in soft palms, nail wounds Nearly healed, now healing the [...]

“Modern Dreams: Twilight Dreams”

By |2021-02-10T16:06:47-06:00March 14th, 2021|Categories: Poetry|

She looked at me with all the mystery of twilight stars; She spoke in words I thought only the stars could glean. She smiled with lips as precious as sweet Sappho’s’ lips, Although her eyes gleamed like an ancient sibyl’s eyes— […]

In the Beginning Are the Words: Language & Liberty

By |2021-03-05T16:27:42-06:00March 5th, 2021|Categories: Joseph Pearce, Language, Liberal Learning, Literature, Senior Contributors|

Unlike the possession of many things, which may prove perilous to the mind and the soul, the possession of more words only makes us richer. The wealth that words bestow upon us is the power to better understand who we are and where we fit into the wider scheme of things: our purpose and our [...]

Innocence Lost: Reading Nineteenth-Century American Literature

By |2021-03-02T00:45:37-06:00March 2nd, 2021|Categories: American Republic, Conservatism, Great Books, Herman Melville, Liberalism, Literature, Paul Krause, Senior Contributors|

In the wellspring of classic nineteenth-century American literature, a spectacular theme unites our greatest authors. They, in various ways, challenge the naïve optimism of the “American Adam” and American liberalism. They are deeply conservative in their skepticism toward human and civilizational progress and perfection. It is true that the classics, especially Virgil and Cicero, along [...]

Myths versus Novels

By |2021-03-23T16:30:10-05:00February 28th, 2021|Categories: E.B., Eva Brann, Fiction, Literature, Myth, Senior Contributors, St. John's College, Virginia Woolf|

Although myths and novels belong to different categories, they are alike in being the venues of human figures who are not presented as images of actually existent, “real-world” people. They have their being in a specific work of art, a drama or a narrative, such as the “Oresteia,” or a novel, such as Edith Wharton’s [...]

“Shut the Door on the World”

By |2021-03-11T14:36:59-06:00February 23rd, 2021|Categories: Literature, Quotation|

How unwise had the wanderers been, who had deserted its shelter, entangled themselves in the web of society, and entered on what men of the world call "life,"—that labyrinth of evil, that scheme of mutual torture. To live, according to this sense of the word, we must not only observe and learn, we must also [...]

“Snow-Bound: A Winter Idyl”

By |2021-02-22T15:59:26-06:00February 22nd, 2021|Categories: Poetry|

The sun that brief December day Rose cheerless over hills of gray, And, darkly circled, gave at noon A sadder light than waning moon. Slow tracing down the thickening sky Its mute and ominous prophecy, A portent seeming less than threat, It sank from sight before it set. A chill no coat, however stout, Of [...]

“Madame Medusa”

By |2021-02-22T10:31:26-06:00February 21st, 2021|Categories: Art, Poetry|

Girl With A Pearl Earring by Johannes Vermeer Look at me not, Yet I persistently stare. Eye contact would be fatal: Flush flesh would freeze into rough rock. Perseus thought he slayed me — That was a myth. […]

America’s First Poet, Anne Bradstreet: A Progressive Conservative

By |2021-02-19T10:02:06-06:00February 19th, 2021|Categories: Christianity, Literature, Poetry|

As a settler in seventeenth-century New England and as a female poet, Anne Bradstreet was a trailblazer. A progressive female poet, she also took delight in her role as wife and mother, while remaining committed to her conservative Puritan theology and beliefs. Anne Bradstreet (1612–1672) was a pioneer in two ways: She was a pioneering [...]

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