Writers & Poets

C.S. Lewis, Insomnia, and the Charientocracy

cs_lewis-heretic October 14, 2014
… which bleeds at a touch but scratches like a wildcat ...
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Seeing Our (Non-Cosmopolitan) Selves

September 29, 2014
[Cross-posted to In Medias Res] Some years ago, some of the folks behind F5, an alternative weekly newspaper here in Wichita, started a different (and, as it turned out, short-lived) publication, titled simply “Wichita City Paper.” As part of the…
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Lanterns on the Levee: A Slender Revaluation

Breslin Tower and Walsh Ellett Hall, University of the South September 17, 2014
... and doing so in syllables of sweetness and light.
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How Marx Explains the Pomo-Con/Front-Porch Divide, In Four Easy Steps

karlmarxlego June 4, 2014
[Cross-posted to In Medias Res] Via Rod Dreher, I see that the occasionally interesting blog Postmodern Conservative has departed its longtime home at the (often, if not always) theoconservative journal First Things and has relocated to the National Review,…
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Now is the Summer of Our Discontent

Winter-Background-Pictures-167 February 19, 2014
Where's my wanton ambling nymph?
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Gettysburg at 150: Some Essays

November 19, 2013
Holland, MI My wife will be the first to point out that I’m not much of one for marking anniversaries, but it seems – to use Lincoln’s language – fitting and right to take note of the fact that today…
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Longing for Home Over Glory: An Artful Interpretation of the Epic Poems by Homer and Virgil

Aeneas_Creusa_Louvre_OA7554 October 17, 2013
Dramatic paths to glory are viewed with skepticism in our modern democratic age. As Tocqueville suggests, “amongst democratic nations ambition is ardent and continual, but its aim is not habitually lofty; and life is generally spent in eagerly coveting small…
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What You Need to Know About John Lukacs

JohnLukacs October 14, 2013
John Lukacs (1924-) is one of the last great narrative historians, to be numbered among Jacques Gibbon, Jacques Barzun, George Kennan and Samuel A. Huntington. Lukacs wrote more than twenty books, erudite histories but ones that were accessible to the wider…
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S.O.L.

Carter October 8, 2013
Madness may be measured among oncologists who desire unlimited growth.
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History as Parable

Fur_traders_in_canada_1777 September 18, 2013
History is never merely history.
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The Limerick and the Liturgy

math-limerick September 4, 2013
The form is the content.
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What You Need to Know About Anton Pavlovich Chekhov

chekhov August 29, 2013
This is an entry in FPR’s One Thousand Words series. Over the next few months, perhaps longer, several dozen contributors will tell us what we need to know about a wide variety of figures—some obscure, some not—in one thousand words
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What You Need to Know About Henry David Thoreau

088-walden-pond-2 August 25, 2013
This is an entry in FPR’s One Thousand Words series. Over the next few months, perhaps longer, several dozen contributors will tell us what we need to know about a wide variety of figures—some obscure, some not—in one thousand words…
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Pondering St. Francisville, Gilead, and our Stories of Place

st.-francisville-cemetery (2) July 22, 2013
[Cross-posted to In Medias Res] Jeremy Beer’s recent review of The Little Way of Ruthie Leming leads me to once again reflect upon Rod Dreher’s excellent book (about which I’ve already had a lot to say), in part because it…
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Radical Traditionalists: The Fall of Triumph Magazine

fritz July 3, 2013
This article first appeared in Ethika Politika, the journal of the Center for Morality in Public Life. In May of 1970, back from the Vietnam War and newly released from the Army, I arrived at the campus of the University of…
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The War Comes Home

My beautiful picture June 26, 2013
This Friday, June 28, Copperhead, which Ron Maxwell directed from my adaptation of a Harold Frederic novella, opens in about 70 cities. A second wave of openings washes across the fruited plains July 19. You can find where it’s playing…
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