Poe, Dickens, Ravens, and the Madness of Nevermore

By |2016-11-26T10:20:16-05:00March 20th, 2015|Categories: Charles Dickens, Culture, Edgar Allan Poe, Poetry|Tags: , |

There is something of the madman in every man. There is something of the sadist in every sinner. Is there something of ecstasy in every elegy? So it was with Edgar Allan Poe—and he called it Beauty. It often takes a poet—a poet like Poe—to exhume the mysterious depravity of people. As churchgoers lean [...]

Is Ugly the New Beautiful?

By |2014-08-26T14:49:06-05:00August 27th, 2014|Categories: Beauty, Culture|Tags: , |

Summer has become a season of strange and stark irony. While it brings forth the beauty of the world, it also brings forth the ugliness of the age. The warmth and light are invariably attended by trashy fashion and tattooed flesh. These dog-days, there is hardly a street or a store without people who [...]

Many Happy Returns, Sherlock Holmes: Celebrating 160 Years

By |2014-01-20T06:33:24-05:00January 6th, 2014|Categories: Books, Fiction, Poetry, Sherlock Holmes|Tags: |

Sherlock Holmes was born (in all probability) on January 6th, 1854—160 years ago today. In answering how this date was discovered out of the secret of Mr. Holmes’ past, the temptation may arise to proclaim, “Elementary, my dear Watson.” Regard, however, for the Canon—the sixty public records of Mr. Holmes’ remarkable career—repudiates common errors. [...]

Treasure Island: A Healthy Dose of Danger

By |2013-12-16T17:22:41-05:00December 16th, 2013|Categories: Books, Fiction|Tags: |

The doctor’s words were incisive. “Jim… are you afraid of blood?” Dr. Livesey’s question is as prophetic as the gallows tattooed with spirit on Billy Bones’ arm. Readers of Treasure Island must, with Jim, prepare themselves for blood. Blood runs in glorious, gory rivers over the pages of this story, leaping from veins that [...]

A School Without Screens

By |2015-05-27T13:22:38-05:00December 6th, 2013|Categories: Education, Featured, Liberal Learning, Technology|Tags: , |

There is a growing consensus among human beings that the effects of our developing technology are not conducive to human development. Popular technology, despite its claim to interact and connect, breeds isolation. It causes people, especially young people, to stray into an introverted withdrawal from others and the world. As such, these results are antithetical [...]

Frankenstein: Prometheus Mythic & Modern

By |2016-08-03T10:37:09-05:00May 31st, 2013|Categories: Books, Christendom, Culture, Joseph Pearce|Tags: , , , , |

The womb and the tomb—one of the most striking mirror images that our lives have to offer. Babies are buried alive in their warm mothers’ girth. Bodies are dead and buried in their cold mother earth. For one, there is the darkness of genesis and growth, for the other, the darkness of death and [...]