A colleague of mine, known to our eight (give or take) faithful readers as Alasdair Slackintyre, recently remarked on the tonal quality of our [his and my] blog posts. "We aren't trying to be properly academic," intuit, "[We're] not properly planning out essays, not putting in good conclusions, not putting in good thesis statements." Well, … Continue reading Kicked out of the Alehouse: What Kristin Lavransdatter Has to Say About Love
In the preface to his play, A Man for All Seasons, Robert Bolt explains his motivation for choosing Thomas More as his hero. He describes an inability in the people of his time to answer the question of what and who they are. The individual is dissatisfied with defining himself as a Man because he … Continue reading A Man For Our Season
Dr. Anthony Fauci has become a household name in the past year. Currently Chief Medical Advisor to the president, he's served as the president of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases since 1984. He has been among the leaders of governmental responses to several crises such as the ebola epidemic, SARS, HIV/AIDS, swine … Continue reading The Role of a Doctor as Explored by Solzhenitsyn in The Cancer Ward
A poem written for my student right before they read "The Cask of Amontillado"
In the midst of the chaos that has erupted in many cities across the U.S., in the midst of the burning of homes, and destruction of businesses, and ruination of lives, and needless violence, many of us are asking, “What do we do now?” Do we pursue the famed Benedict Option and retreat from society, … Continue reading C. S. Lewis on Conscience, Reason, and Pacifism
"The winters of Vega IX are stormy and wet, and the rumbling sky promised its yield to its sprawling central city." The first installment of a science-fiction work of as-of-yet unknown total length.
I recently finished reading John Steinbeck’s great novel, East of Eden, in which he illustrates the age old struggle of fallen man to overcome sin and evil. Throughout the story, he alludes strongly to the well-known Genesis account of Cain and Abel, from which he obtains the title of his book. It would not be … Continue reading A Closer Look at Cain’s Curse with John Steinbeck