Parasailing in Mazatlán, Pleasures and Perils.
Anne With an E just hit Netflix and the reviews are not good. I haven’t seen watched so won’t comment by way of a proper review, but the remark that the series is, “a gloomy series with grim, life-or-death stakes draped over the bones of something beloved, warm-hearted, and familiar,” by Joanna … [Read More...]
Anyone who has ever taken a creative writing class has been indoctrinated with the importance of the first impression. That elusive perfect opening image, the one that instantly hooks the reader, that declares this book to be un-put-down-able, has developed an almost mythical importance among … [Read More...]
I love reading essays, and I love writing them. These days I’m enjoying reading two books of essays by Father George Rutler as preparation for an interview that I’m going to conduct with him soon via email. The interview will be published at Homiletic and Pastoral Review along with my review of his … [Read More...]
I teach economics at a Catholic high school in Dallas, but one of my joys as a teacher is getting to talk to my students about what goes on beyond my class. This year, two of them produced a video for theology class that not only had me laughing out loud, but is also surprisingly instructive. I … [Read More...]
Fifty years ago, Alexander Solzhenitsyn was in the midst of the fight of his life. Having already survived World War II as a Russian officer on the eastern front, a divorce from his university sweetheart, and eight years in the Gulag Archipelago because he wrote some letters to his friend in which … [Read More...]