James Matthew Wilson

New Author Site and Archive

June 3, 2015
Somewhere between three and seven readers of FPR will be pleased to hear that I have launched a new website that serves to archive publications from various magazines and journals, provides descriptions of my books, and gathers together various reviews…
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The Mythology of an Anti-Christian Bigot

May 23, 2015
Though far, in its main argument, from the central concerns of the Porch, some readers may be interested in my account of mythos and the nature of culture as an essentially poetic act, in this essay in Crisis Magazine.  An…
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The True Conservative

May 19, 2015
Writes Pat Buchanan of his work these last ten years: Our agenda in that decade was—stay out of wars that are not our business, economic patriotism, secure borders, and America first. Not, as he a observes, a platform to woo…
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The Trouble with Limits

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Modern persons have a problem with limits, three in fact. They want every good thing to be unlimitedly available for their desires, and scarcity is taken for a cause of fear and anxiety. Hence, “sustainability” is our new environmental shibboleth.…
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The Parish and the Papacy

April 8, 2015
This is the fourth of a five-part series of essays on “Localism and the Universal Church.” You may find the previous installments here. As I was saying . . . Since the First Sunday of Advent in 1964, parish life…
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The Locality of the Church. Or, Where’s Wilson?

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Such is the wisdom of James Matthew Wilson that it appears a jewel precious in the eyes of Jason Peters.  This Peters will embarrass  and pester and spout folk wisdom, and then engage in poorly informed exegesis that confuses a slogan with a…
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The Trouble With Goodness

December 3, 2014
This last September, the Future Symphony Institute invited me to address its first annual conference on some of the philosophical problems in our age that make it difficult for the general public to recognize the intrinsic value of orchestras and…
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Some Permanent Things In Print

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In an endnote to The Idea of a Christian Society, T.S. Eliot makes this categorical claim: Conservatism is too often conservation of the wrong things: liberalism a relaxation of discipline; revolution a denial of the permanent things. Ours is an…
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The Good Man Must Himself Be a True Poem

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The M.F.A. program in Creative Writing at the University of Notre Dame has just published an interview with me as part of its alumni series.  There, I get to reflect on my years of shooting pool and trying to hold…
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The Violent and the Fallen On the Airwaves

May 30, 2014
Holy Family Radio in Grand Rapids, Michigan, recently aired John Pinheiro’s interview with me on his weekly program, Faith and Reason.  Pinheiro asked me to discuss my new book, The Violent and the Fallen, in the context of Catholic tradition…
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“Standard Oil” Catholicism

April 25, 2014
Berwyn, PA.  The American Conservative has just published the online version of my review of Suitable Accommodations, a selected letters of the Catholic fiction writer, J.F. Powers.  Powers’ stories still live and astonish, and speak for themselves.  My review…
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Despair, Delight, and the Decentered Self

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Berwyn, PA.  The Fine Delight Interview Series with Catholic authors, conducted by the author of the book of the same name, Nick Ripatrazone, has just posted its latest interview — with me, your humble author.  In it, I discuss…
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Come and Hear, or Read, “The Violent and the Fallen”

February 7, 2014
My second collection of poems, The Violent and the Fallen, is now available on amazon.com, and directly from the publisher. Those interested may also write directly to [email protected] to order one of only seven signed sets of my first three books, Four Verse Letters (2010), Timothy Steele:…
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In Praise of Mediocrity

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Berwyn, PA. Everyone knows G.K. Chesterton’s aphorism that, if a thing is worth doing, it is worth doing badly.  Dappled Things writer Karen Ullo has deepened our understanding of that truth in a new personal essay, where she reflects on the inevitably…
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What You Need to Know about Dana Gioia

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Dana Gioia has spent his career making metaphors: drawing disparate things together to reveal the breadth and depth of aesthetic experience, but doing so in a way that has frequently provoked avant-garde artists and their academic minions even as it…
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Of Vision and Discipline

December 10, 2013
After six years absence, I have just published a review essay in the great Contemporary Poetry Review, one of the first important internet critical journals.  The review is of two new books by the western poet (and skier) David J. Rothman. …
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