Was Shakespeare Catholic? Yes. But does it matter?
Recently, there has been discussion around the internetsphere about the index of banned books which, this June, celebrated its 50th anniversary of being banned itself by Pope Paul VI (Quaeritur: If the list of forbidden books is itself forbidden does this mean that there is now a new, higher-level … [Read More...]
It is no simple thing to take on the subject of censorship in our morally confused age. I had thought perhaps to write at length about Mr. Chaucer's "Retraction" appended to his Canterbury Tales at the end of his life, but, while I think his example a laudatory one, it is too difficult to keep … [Read More...]
There has been quite a lot of discussion on this blog lately about the moral standards that ought (or ought not) to govern a faithful Catholic’s creation of literature. If you’re just joining us, it all started with Johnathan McDonald’s consideration of how the abolishment of the Church’s Index of … [Read More...]
The following is a conversation with Asher Gelzer-Govatos about novelist and Catholic convert, Muriel Spark, particularly focusing on the novel The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie. Asher is a friend of mine and all-round witty fellow. He is a PhD student in Comparative Literature at Washington University … [Read More...]
Did you ever wonder what happened to all those old cigarette vending machines after they were outlawed? Neither did I. But it turns out someone thought, “Hey, that would be a cool way to sell art.” Meet the Art-o-Mat. It is exactly what it looks like: a cigarette vending machine repurposed … [Read More...]