Apocalypticism for Porchers

If it’s your thing — and it’s certainly not everybody’s thing — it’s not a bad time to be an apocalypticist. A few weeks ago, Pope Francis once again implored people to read Robert Hugh Benson’s nov...

Archimedean Points, Above and Below

“To the famous Archimedean boast:  ‘Give me whereon to stand and I will move the world.’.  Rabelais answers: ‘I move with my ship; and the waves of the world give way.’”    –John Cowper Powys One could choose a less fruitful thread ar...

Vulgar Adolescent Bigness Fetishizers

I reflected what a Mortification it must prove to me to appear as inconsiderable in this Nation as one single Lilliputian would be among us.” –Gulliver’s Travels, Jonathan Swift Boy oh boy, if I had a dollar for every time...

Mumford and Suns

“For a child”, I remember our priest saying a few years ago, ”the sun rises over the barn and sets on the further side of the field”. In the next, more worldly, stage of life, “the earth orbits the sun in an ellipse”. Finally, if wisdom mee...

Gravity’s Rainbow

If a rainbow is a symbol of hope, there’s a bright ‘bow in the sky’ to be found in Alfonso Cuarón’s Gravity.  And, just maybe, the movie might be an actual summons, in 3D, to a full-fledged Chestertonian revolution. ...

On the Localism of the Spheres

I have a friend who is a cloistered Trappist monk and his current obsession is the ‘outer’ and decidedly non-sedentary goal of running a marathon (on the back forty of the monastic enclosure).   The sense of accomplishment inspires him.   I...