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  • December 12th, 2012Recent Adventuresby Kevin O'Brien

    ... in photograph form.

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  • December 11th, 2012Press Release for Bilbo’s Journeyby Joseph Pearce

    Within the last hour or so the publicists for my new book, Bilbo's Journey, have issued this press release. Hopefully it will help to spread awareness of the Catholic dimension of The Hobbit.

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  • December 11th, 2012Hobbit North of the Borderby Joseph Pearce

    I have long been an admirer of Michael Coren ever since I read his excellent biography of G. K. Chesterton many years ago. Today he is better known to TV viewers in Canada as a longstanding and very popular talk show host. He is my age and was born only about three miles from where I was born in London's East End. As teenagers, we took radically different positions. I became a white supremacist and a member of the British National Front. Michael became activie with the Marxist Left and joined deomnstrations opposing the National Front. It is even possible that we have shouted abuse or even hurled rocks at each other in those crazy days. Since then, we have both converted to Catholicism and have both written biographies of the great GKC. We have also both made the move across the Atlantic to make new lives for ourselves in the New World. Considering how much we have in common, it was a great pleasure for me to be a guest on his TV show tonight. Here's the link to our discussion about Tolkien, The Hobbit and the new Peter Jackson movie.

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  • December 10th, 2012Interview with Jef Murray about Seer: A Wizard’s Journalby Jef Murray

    Interview with Jef Murray about Seer: A Wizard's Journal.

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  • December 10th, 2012Solzhenitsyn and Secular Fundamentalismby Joseph Pearce

    Vistiors to this site might be interested to read an article of mine on Solzhenitysn, just published by the Truth and Charity Forum website. Here's the link.

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  • December 10th, 2012The Lord of the Rings on EWTNby Joseph Pearce

    I've just returned from a highly enjoyable weekend in St. Louis at which I gave a talk on Evelyn Waugh and the Tradional Mass at St. Louis Abbey. I had the additional pleasure of getting to know some of the Benedictine monks at the abbey and spent some quality time with my good friend, Kevin O'Brien.

    Upon returning to my desk, I received notification that EWTN will be airing the first hour-long special on the Catholic vision of The Lord of the Rings to coincide with the release of The Hobbit movie. The special, which I hosted, will be aired at 11pm (eastern) this Saturday and again

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  • December 10th, 2012Tomorrow Belongs to Me.  Not.by Paul Adams

    When the Mensheviks walked out of the Petrograd Second Congress of Soviets, on October 25, 1917 (Julian calendar), thereby enabling the Bolsheviks to establish their dominance, Trotsky famously declared: "You are pitiful, isolated individuals! You are bankrupts. Your role is played out. Go where you belong from now on—into the dustbin of history!"

    Ronald Reagan made ironic use of the famous phrase when he addressed the British House of Commons on June 8, 1982: "... freedom and democracy will leave Marxism and Leninism on the ash heap of history."

    Whether or not Nikita Khrushchev actually banged his shoe at the UN in 1960 is a matter of dispute- eyewitnesses differ.  But that he said "We will bury you," he himself admitted: "I once said, 'We will bury you,' and I got into trouble with it. Of course we will not bury you with a shovel. Your own working class will bury you."

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  • December 9th, 2012Hitchcock’s Catholic Endby Robert Asch

    Below is a link to a Jesuit´s firsthand experiences of Alfred Hitchcock´s return to Catholic practice at the end of his life:


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  • December 8th, 2012A Lifelong Baptist and Lover of Chestertonby Joseph Pearce

    Colin Jory has drawn my attenton to this edifying, encouraging and thought-provoking letter in the New Oxford Review. It's from a professor of literature and lifelong Baptist who confesses a love for great Catholic writers, such as Flannery O'Connor, Wilde, Newman and Pope, but especially for the great G. K. Chesterton. I especially like the way that she considers those of her students who admire Chesterton to be as diamonds whereas Lewis and Tolkien lovers are a dime-a-dozen. Here's the text of the letter.

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  • December 7th, 2012The Immaculataby Pavel Chichikov

    As I write this, the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary begins tomorrow, December 8, 2012. Why do I call the Blessed Virgin “the Immaculata”?

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  • December 7th, 2012The Hobbit and the Jesuitby Joseph Pearce

    A few weeks ago I appeared on EWTN Live with Father Mitch Pacwa to discuss The Hobbit and my new book about it. Here's the video:
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  • December 7th, 2012In Tolkien’s Footstepsby Joseph Pearce

    "Literary pilgrims in search of the places that inspired Tolkien should look closer to home than New Zealand, starting with Birmingham and Oxford."
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  • December 7th, 2012Lies, Damned Lies and Media Reporting of the Catholic Churchby Joseph Pearce

    His recent ignorant attack on The Lord of the Rings notwithstanding, Tim Stanley is a rare voice of courage and sanity in the UK's media. Here he unravels the unconsionable lies of the mainstream media:

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  • December 6th, 2012The Black Magic of Todayby Kevin O'Brien

    In The Everlasting Man, G. K. Chesterton writes about devil worship.  He says that when pagans get serious about their imaginary deities, they turn to "diabolism". 

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  • December 6th, 2012Suicide vs. Sacrificeby Kevin O'Brien

    Dante groups into one of his deep circles of hell two types of sinners - suicides (those who took their own lives) and squanderers (those who wasted their resources).

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  • December 6th, 2012Conversion and All That Jazzby Joseph Pearce

    There have been many tributes to Jazz legend, Dave Brubeck, who died yesterday. One significant detail that was left out of the universal eulogizing was the fact that Brubeck converted to Catholicism in 1980 and spent the final 32 years of his life as a faithful Catholic. He was also married to the same woman for seventy years and accepted the blessing of a large family.

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  • December 6th, 2012Bilbo Baggins and Raymond Arroyoby Joseph Pearce

    I am being interviewed on the World Over with Raymond Arroyo on EWTN this evening.

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  • December 6th, 2012Julia Caesarby Joseph Pearce

    In this morning's Telegraph (UK), Charles Spencer reviews an all-female production of Julius Caesar. Apparently it is set in a women's prison. He concludes:

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  • December 4th, 2012Saruman Meets Macbethby Joseph Pearce

    What would happen if Shakespeare had ever read The Lord of the Rings? It's a mind-boggling thought. This link may provide the answer!



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  • December 4th, 2012To Be Equals Not to Beby Kevin O'Brien

    A friend of mine gave me a CD to listen to while driving.  It was a recording of speeches made at a conference at Clear Creek on John Senior and the Integrated Humanities Program at KU, a program that made so many Catholic converts over the years.

    One of the presenters made an interesting comment.  He said that Modernity is an attack on Being.

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