On Loving Bookstores

By |2019-03-04T16:02:17-05:00March 4th, 2019|

Growing up in a small but well-to-do Kansas town, I had access to several local bookshops—used and new—in grade school. Every bookstore offered joys, mysteries, and delights. Rarely have I walked into one and not found some kind of treasure. A few weeks ago, while lecturing for a Hillsdale College event in Boise, Idaho, [...]

On Loving Writing

By |2019-03-01T16:12:44-05:00March 1st, 2019|

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 [...]

On Loving Research

By |2019-02-14T12:48:01-05:00February 22nd, 2019|

I loved every moment of the process of research—from the initial stages of utter bewilderment to the compilation of data to imagining and completing the final form of the paper. I knew what I loved, and I knew what I wanted to do with my life. In some way or shape or form, I [...]

A Postcard From Venice

By |2019-02-21T11:31:28-05:00February 20th, 2019|

I had always thought it nonsense to believe in love at first sight. But that sophomoric conceit sank with that setting sun over the Venetian church spires that summer day in 1973. And with it was washed away that companion conceit that falling in love was something that could only happen between two humans… The [...]

A Sonnet for Saint Valentine

By |2019-03-05T15:01:22-05:00February 14th, 2019|

Here is a sonnet I composed in honour of the original St. Valentine. I notice some Facebook posts implying that as an early Christian martyr he has nothing to do with Romantic Love and should be dissociated from it. I believe that on the contrary there is every reason why he should be the [...]

True Love: Passionate Reason versus Romantic Feeling

By |2019-01-24T11:28:19-05:00February 13th, 2019|

Oh, love to some is like a cloud, To some as strong as steel, For some a way of living, For some a way to feel, And some say love is holding on And some say letting go, And some say love is everything And some say they don’t know.   John Denver (Perhaps [...]

How St. John Speaks to Us Today

By |2019-01-11T16:09:01-05:00January 12th, 2019|

The apostle Paul counted all things as rubbish except for one thing: an intimate knowledge of Christ characterized by knowing him in the power of his resurrection, the fellowship of his suffering, and an identification with his death. Immersion into the life and writings of St. John is a journey into the mind and heart [...]

The Incarnation of Truth and Love

By |2018-12-21T15:55:51-05:00December 15th, 2018|

“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God and the Word was God.” The gospel of St. John is the most poetic of the gospels and contains the highest Christology of the gospel accounts of Jesus Christ. Some scholars see a division of the work in thematic groups—the book of [...]

Love, Ancient and Modern

By |2018-12-08T21:36:00-05:00December 8th, 2018|

“Sing to me of the man, Muse, the man of twists and turns driven time and again off course, once he had plundered the hallowed heights of Troy.” The opening words to Homer’s Odyssey are among the most famous and recognizable in Western literature. That beginning stanza captures so much of the human condition and [...]

Family, Love, and Tragedy in “The Godfather”

By |2019-04-07T17:32:11-05:00November 22nd, 2018|

The Godfather is the Augustinian film par excellence–though it does not conclude where Augustine's vision ends... The Godfather, by Mario Puzo, was the best-selling book when it was first published and the film adaptation by Francis Ford Coppola is rightly considered a masterpiece. The drama of The Godfather is an epic; it is an epic because [...]

From Ego to Ergo: True Education as Self-Liberation

By |2018-10-26T23:24:17-05:00October 26th, 2018|

The self is more distant than any star, says G.K. Chesterton, and we can only see the distant star which is the ego by learning to gaze beyond the self to the stars in the sky and the stars that sparkle in the eyes of our neighbours… We live in a seemingly crazy world. [...]

The Family & the Orchard: The Story of Civilization in the “Odyssey”

By |2018-09-20T22:38:08-05:00September 20th, 2018|

The planting of trees in the orchard—the passing down of tradition, of the moral wisdom of the past, of the torch of life, and of the beauty of life’s simplest but richest and pleasures—produces the great harvest of joy that culminates in the final chapters of the Odyssey... Editor’s Note: Imaginative Conservative Senior Contributor Mitchell Kalpakgian passed [...]

Erotic Love and the Totalitarian State

By |2018-09-07T17:46:57-05:00September 6th, 2018|

The totalitarian State wants to control all; it wants to own all that is human, and this includes the erotic, the sexual, and the romantic. By suppressing and controlling these elements in men and women, it hopes to obtain complete domination over every aspect of their humanity... With the publication of Brave New World in [...]