Recent writings from the Ink Desk
May 21st, 2015A Parable: In a Pickleby Kevin O'Brien
I tried to lecture the Dirt Eater. "It's a disgusting habit," I said. "Eating dirt - which has no nutritional value, and some of the dirt you eat - straight from the manure pile! No wonder so many of you Dirt Eaters are malnourished and pick up various intestinal infections."
"People who eat what you call real food get sick, too," the Dirt Eater responded. "You may die from eating a mushroom, but I will never die from eating the dirt around it."
"But eating dirt is unhealthy! Dirt contains no calories, no nutrition," I countered.
"I notice you're munching on a pickle," the Dirt Eater responded. "Pickles and cucumbers have no nutritional value. Zero. Why, then, is it wrong for me to eat dirt and right for you to eat a pickle?"
"Salt!" I shouted, losing my temper. "Pickles are salty! Salt of the earth!"
"Dust of the earth," he shot back, "mud and dirt. You Christians are no longer salt of the earth. You've lost your savor. You are fit only to be thrown out upon the ground, or the manure pile - and eaten by us Dirt Eaters. Mmm! Manure! Tasty!"
"Who are you to judge?!" he shot back. He picked up a wad of mud and shoved it in his face, chewing, swallowing, belching.
How was I to answer him? After all, I like cucumbers on my salad.» Continue Reading
May 19th, 2015My Graduation Address at Aquinas Collegeby Joseph Pearce
I was honoured to be invited to give this year's graduation address at Aquinas College in Nashville. The full address, a little over fifteen minutes in length, can be heard here:
May 19th, 2015Beginning the Beguine with Socratesby Daniel J. Heisey
In Plato’s Apology, Socrates says that in his search for wisdom he consulted poets. If today someone were on a Socratic quest for wisdom, seeking out poets might not be on that person’s list. For the average person these days, poetry tends to mean something syrupy inside a greeting card, hardly to be taken seriously when asking how to live a good life. As for abstruse modern poems, the kind with complex ambiguity that clamors for attention and acclaim, they fall short as well.» Continue Reading
March 2nd, 2010Hot Off the Pressby Joseph Pearce
Long awaited sequel examines Shakespeare's plays in light of his Catholic faith
2/24/2010 - 12:59 PM PST
SAN FRANCISCO, CA (February 24, 2010) - A new book just released from Ignatius Press, "Through Shakespeare's Eyes: Seeing the Catholic Presence in the Plays", gives further evidence of what many people have long suspected: that the famous William Shakespeare was indeed a Catholic. Fulfilling the promise he made in his previous book, "The Quest for Shakespeare", bestselling literary writer Joseph Pearce analyzes in this volume three of Shakespeare's immortal plays - "The Merchant of Venice", "Hamlet" and "King Lear" - in order to uncover the Bard's Catholic beliefs.» Continue Reading