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  1. Meryl Amland

    Truly Odd, but Truly Great

    January 21, 2015 11:55 am 2 Comments

    It is with great sadness that I review this last installment of the Odd Thomas series. I’m sad because Oddie became one of my best friends and now there are no more adventures with him… at least in this life. Koontz created one of the best literary characters and has… Read more »

    Tags: book reviews Dean Koontz novels Odd Thomas Saint Odd

  2. John Herreid

    Catholic Literature’s Bill of Health

    January 20, 2015 10:01 am 1 Comment

    Over at Catholic World Report, Carl Olson talks with Dana Gioia (we talked about him here previously) about the upcoming “Future of the Catholic Imagination” conference that will be held in February at the University of Southern California. Says Gioia: We are bringing hundreds of writers, teachers, and intellectuals together… Read more »

    Tags: Artur Rosman Carl Olson Catholicism Dana Gioia Gregory Wolfe IMAGE Journal literature Piers Paul Read

  3. John Herreid

    G. K. Chesterton: The Tame Oracle?

    January 16, 2015 9:05 am 9 Comments

    G.K. Chesterton loved to argue. He argued with his family, he argued with his friends, he argued his enemies into becoming his friends. His infectious delight in argument won over some other prominent literary figures who were determined to dislike the man. They found that he had no qualms being… Read more »

    Tags: chesterton criticism de lubac media

  4. Rose Trabbic

    I recently read a novel by an author I knew nothing about: Shadows and Images by Meriol Trevor. Meriol Trevor lived from 1919–2000. She was educated at St. Hugh’s College in Oxford. It turns out that she was one of the most prolific Catholic writers of the twentieth century, writing… Read more »

    Tags: Europe historical fiction Jane Austen John Henry Newman Louis de Wohl love Meriol Trevor Oxford Movement Regency novels

  5. John Herreid

    Creativity Is Work

    January 9, 2015 3:54 pm 6 Comments

    I’m fortunate. Much of my day job includes creative work, including graphic design, illustration, and writing. So even when I don’t have time at the end of the day to work on personal projects, I usually still had some small bit of creative work to look back on. (The unfortunate… Read more »

    Tags: creativity design work process writing

  6. Good Catastrophes and Renewing Catholic Literature, by Holly Ordway

    Good Catastrophes and Renewing Catholic Literature

    January 9, 2015 8:00 am 6 Comments

      Eucatastrophe: in a word, this is what we need today, for a renewed, vibrant, and compelling Catholic literature. The word, coined by J.R.R. Tolkien in his great essay “On Fairy-stories,” means “the good catastrophe”: the unexpected happy ending, the turn from sorrow to joy. Tolkien’s own great work The… Read more »

    Tags: C.S. Lewis Catholic literature eucatastrophe Evelyn Waugh Flannery O'Connor Graham Greene Inklings J.R.R. Tolkien Walker Percy

  7. James Casper

    As recently reported in the media, the Chicago Archdiocese has released 15,000 pages of its files related to substantiated priest sexual abuse against minors. Previously, the Archdiocese of St. Paul, Minnesota in response to legal action, released a large trove of similar records. While these public disclosures are good news,… Read more »

    Tags: abuse Everywhere in Chains fiction scandal

  8. Meryl Amland

    A few months ago I lamented over bad movie adaptations from books.  I am always hopeful that some film director will suck me into their painfully accurate rendition of their favorite novel, but I am usually disappointed. I have had to train myself to view movies completely separate from their… Read more »

    Tags: battle of five armies film movie reviews The Hobbit

  9. war on christmas2

    Our War on Christmas (and How to Lose It)

    December 31, 2014 5:25 pm 1 Comment

    On this seventh day of Christmas, with the stress of holiday visits fading and the new year hard ahead, I’d like to look at the recent metaphor, widely used, of a war on Christmas. It’s an idea touted in one venue and mocked in another. The idea is that overdeveloped… Read more »

    Tags: Christmas culture dickens G.K. Chesterton John Henry Newman scrooge

  10. toomany

    Too Many Things of 2014

    December 31, 2014 3:35 pm 2 Comments

    “Favorite? But I like too many things!” That was the response when I asked my five-year-old daughter what her favorite book was. I often feel the same way when people ask me for my top ten books or films. I like too many things: how can I put them in… Read more »

    Tags: recommendations reviews top ten lists

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