W.H. Auden’s Discovery of Original Sin

By |2020-08-03T17:01:58-05:00August 4th, 2020|Categories: Literature, Poetry, T.S. Eliot|Tags: , |

For several months after his 1939 immigration to the United States, W.H. Auden (1907-1973) remained enchanted with all the old dogmas—psychology, Marxism, and liberal humanism—that had shaped so much of his early work. As a poet, he continued to assert his faith in man’s ability to save civilization from ruin. Composed like all mankind “Of [...]

Bernard Iddings Bell, Rebel Rouser

By |2016-08-03T10:36:54-05:00May 27th, 2014|Categories: Bernard Iddings Bell, Christendom, Christianity, Education|Tags: , |

Bernard Iddings Bell Bernard Iddings Bell (1886-1958) wrote several controversial books examining the American way of life. These fine little books attracted considerable attention, many of them beginning as articles in the New York Times Magazine, Commonweal, and the Atlantic Monthly. By 1950 Bell, an ordained priest in the Episcopal Church, was known [...]

The Sacramental Art of Flannery O’Connor

By |2015-11-10T17:57:03-06:00November 12th, 2013|Categories: Art, Featured, Flannery O'Connor, Liberal Learning, South|Tags: |

In her study of the South’s preeminent fictionist, Flannery O’Connor’s Sacramental Art, Susan Srigley reconsiders three of Flannery O’Connor’s most significant figures: Hazel Motes, Francis Tarwater, and Ruby Turpin. The former are, respectively, the curious protagonists of O’Connor’s two and only novels, Wise Blood and The Violent Bear It Away. The other is the protagonist [...]

Reading the Iliad in the Light of Eternity

By |2019-04-07T10:52:16-05:00June 9th, 2012|Categories: Classics, Featured, Homer, Iliad, Liberal Learning|Tags: , |

Published originally during the Second World War, Simone Weil’s “The Iliad, or the Poem of Force” and Rachel Bespaloff’s “On the Iliad” are two of the last century’s finest discussions of Western literature’s preeminent epic. The former, said Elizabeth Hardwick, “is one of the most moving and original literary essays ever written.” The other, wrote [...]

Pointing God’s Pilgrims Home

By |2014-08-19T14:40:16-05:00December 23rd, 2011|Categories: Books, Peter A. Lawler|Tags: |

Aliens in America: The Strange Truth About Our Souls. By Peter Augustine Lawler. ISI Books. In Aliens in America, Peter Augustine Lawler argues convincingly, if disturbingly, that Americans, having been seduced by the latest manifestations of philosophical nominalism and by the new utopianism of biotechnology, are blindly and in dangerously large numbers opting to be [...]

The Tribunal of Great Writers

By |2016-07-28T19:33:00-05:00December 19th, 2011|Categories: Books, Featured, Glenn Arbery, Literature, Wyoming Catholic College|Tags: |

Why Literature Matters: Permanence and the Politics of Reputation by Glenn C. Arbery An overwhelming majority of those who teach literature and thereby determine what imaginative works will–or will not–be taught in subsequent decades have forgotten, or deliberately ignored, the purpose of literature. Many teachers are simply unable to distinguish writing that is forever contemporary from [...]

A Call to Con­tem­pla­tives: Fr. Vincent McNabb

By |2017-07-10T14:58:51-05:00April 12th, 2011|Categories: Books, Culture|Tags: , |

The Church and the Land, by Fr. Vin­cent Mc­N­abb. Few in our time have heard of Fa­ther Vincent McNabb—Irish­man, Do­mini­can the­olo­gian, lead­ing light among the Dis­trib­utists, and man of par­a­dig­matic char­ac­ter. Nor would many today rel­ish what he had to say if, by some chance en­counter, they were in­tro­duced to one or more of his thirty [...]

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