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Parsing Tolkien’s Letter on Love and Romanceby Kevin O'Brien
Tolkien's amazing letter to his son Michael deserves a closer look. Here it is again, with some commentary by me in boldface.
Joseph Conrad’s Prince Romanby Daniel J. Heisey
Thirty-one years ago in the journal Conradiana, C. F. Burgess had an essay, “Conrad’s Catholicism.” As Burgess noted, critics tend to dismiss the notion of Joseph Conrad’s Catholicism, preferring to see him as a secular unbeliever. As with any great artist, Conrad can get projected onto him the image of many of his admirers.
Stratford Caldecott: Go With Godby Michael Lichens
On July 17th, Stratford Caldecott fell asleep in the Lord after a long battle with prostate cancer. Already, many have written great words of mourning for one of the most powerful voices of Catholic cultural renewal. The author of several books (and a contributor to many more) and the co-founder and editor of Second Spring, a Catholic journal he and his wife Léonie long edited along with the UK/Irish version of Magnificat; it is hard to put into words how much of an impact this man of Christ had on so many. This is especially hard for me, as Mr. Caldecott was a friend who greatly encouraged my own work and how I view Christ in the world. In short, I am of the opinion that we will never be thankful enough for the great work of Stratford Caldecott.