Pumpkin spice lattes and praying for the dead.
The influence of The Little Prince in our culture runs deep, my friends. I recently happened across this little gem comparing the dancing style of Michael Jackson with that of the snake, choreographed and performed by stage legend Bob Fosse. Thank you, internet! http://youtu.be/1LE_TYTxRxg In … [Read More...]
While the New Yorker paywall is still down, you may want to check out "Thank You for the Light," a previously unpublished short-short story of Fitzgerald's. Though he wasn't practicing for most of his career, the fiction of F. Scott Fitzgerald occasionally shows gleams and glimmers of his Catholic … [Read More...]
Monsignor Ronald Knox (1888-1957)—convert from Anglicanism, Catholic chaplain at Oxford, etc.—spent a good portion of the 1930s and ‘40s producing a new English translation of the Bible—or, more specifically, producing a new English translation of the Vulgate, while checking the Vulgate’s Latin … [Read More...]
Among book lovers, a never-ending source of simultaneous delight and despair is the awareness of how many books we haven't yet read. Delight because there is always some wonderful new work to discover. Despair because no matter how much we read, there always seems to be glaring, inexcusable gaps in … [Read More...]
A few months ago, I happened across this article, which discusses how great writers of the past learned their craft by hand-copying lengthy passages from other great writers. The idea coincided with some other reading I’ve done lately about how very physical our mental processes really are, and I … [Read More...]