Truth, moral insight, and creeperdom in the big novel of 2015.
“Now ordinary people are born forwards in Time, if you understand what I mean, and nearly everything in the world goes forward too…. But I unfortunately was born at the wrong end of Time, and I have to live backwards from in front, while surrounded by a lot of people living forwards from behind.” – … [Read More...]
Ninety years and four days ago, Clive Lewis and John Tolkien met at an English faculty meeting. In his diary, Lewis wrote of Tolkien, "No harm in him: only needs a smack or so." Five years later, Lewis called himself a Christian. Thirty-two years after that conversion, Tolkien and Lewis had long … [Read More...]
As implied by the title, this is the third (and final!) part in a series about the ways Christians (and particularly, though not limited to, Catholics) engage with art that criticizes Christianity or the church in general. It started with a piece about the humbling responses from Catholic leaders to … [Read More...]
For those who are just tuning in, a quick summary: About six weeks ago Jonathan McDonald wrote a call for clearer and stronger voices of moral responsibility in Catholic literary criticism (insofar as same exists), "What Has Rome to Do with Iowa City?" I responded here (let's call that Part II), and … [Read More...]
You probably already think this is a good idea, or you wouldn't have just clicked on that title up there. But perhaps you are feeling overwhelmed with wedding planning, not to mention wedding budgeting, and you have no idea how on earth to squeeze out several hundred extra dollars and an entire … [Read More...]