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  1. Carl E. Olson

    Traveling with Walker Percy

    June 25, 2015 2:12 pm 1 Comment

    In the summer of 1995, my wife and I––both Evangelical Protestants at the time–-took a trip with the Catholic novelist Walker Percy. He had died in 1990, but his presence was very much evident in Signposts In A Strange Land (Noonday Press, 1991, 1992), a posthumous collection of essays and… Read more »

    Tags: Literary Criticism Walker Percy

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    Praise Be for Art and Craft

    June 18, 2015 2:39 pm Leave a Comment

    The encyclical is out. Laudato Si’ has had perhaps the most breathless build-up of any Church document in the past few decades. Having had the chance to read and reflect upon it, and given that I’m often thinking about writing and art, one aspect of the encyclical which struck home… Read more »

    Tags: beauty books craftsmanship laudato si

  3. James Casper

    A Man Called Dad

    June 17, 2015 11:11 pm 4 Comments

    My first memories of my father are of his absence. World War Two was raging. He was a soldier somewhere in France, or Luxembourg, or maybe Germany. At times, nobody knew for certain until a letter arrived from the warfront. Written three weeks ago, the letter could only tell us… Read more »

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  4. Ignatius Press Novels

    First Chapter: Looking for the King

    June 15, 2015 6:07 pm Leave a Comment

    Read the first chapter of the novel Looking for the King by David C. Downing. If you like what you’re reading, visit the novel’s page to learn more or order! Chapter 1 Glastonbury, England Mid-April 1940 “Here lies buried the renowned King Arthur with his wife, Guinevere.” Tom McCord studied… Read more »

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  5. John Herreid

    Christopher Lee and Morally Serious Horror

    June 12, 2015 2:23 pm 5 Comments

    Christopher Lee as Cardinal Stefan Wyszynski in Pope John Paul II Sir Christopher Lee was an imposing figure to the end. After news of his death arrived I went online and found a video of a recent interview. Straight as a rail even in his 90s and dressed impeccably, he… Read more »

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  6. Carl E. Olson

    The U.S. Post Office has just released a new stamp featuring Flannery O’Connor: The description reads: The 30th stamp in the Literary Arts series honors Flannery O’Connor (1925-1964), who crafted unsettling and darkly comic stories and novels about the potential for enlightenment and grace in what seem like the worst possible moments…. Read more »

    Tags: Flannery O'Connor Literary Criticism

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    In 1922 a young writer named Myles Connolly wrote a piece for the Catholic magazine America titled “Chesterton’s Cap and Bells”. Connolly had just met the great writer, and he starts off by comparing Chesterton to another Englishman: Charlie Chaplin: When Max Eastman asked Charlie Chaplin what it is he… Read more »

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  8. Ignatius Press Novels

    Works of Beauty, Works of Truth: An Interview with Joseph Pearce

    June 1, 2015 1:51 pm 1 Comment

    Joseph Pearce is the author of numerous literary biographies, including books on J.R.R. Tolkien, G.K. Chesterton, Oscar Wilde, and Alexander Solzhenitsyn. His passion and enthusiasm for literature is apparent to anyone who has ever met him or read his work. Ignatius Press Novels spoke with him about the Ignatius Critical… Read more »

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  9. Ignatius Press Novels

    Prologue: A Postcard from the Volcano

    May 28, 2015 5:52 pm Leave a Comment

    Read the prologue of the novel A Postcard from the Volcano by Lucy Beckett. If you like what you’re reading, visit the novel’s page to learn more or order! Prologue In the winter of 1961 Max Hofmann was dying. No one said so, not even the doctor, who seemed to… Read more »

    Tags: A Postcard from the Volcano excerpts First Chapter Lucy Beckett

  10. John Herreid

    One Weird Trick to Appreciate Art

    May 19, 2015 11:45 am 3 Comments

    “Oh, is that an allusion to the Fall?” “The what?” “The Fall of Adam and Eve.” “Uh, no.” “Is it Persephone in the underworld?” “Who?” It was around ten years ago. I was at an open studio event held in a huge old warehouse in the SOMA neighborhood of San… Read more »

    Tags: art appreciation bible classics Ignatius Critical Editions

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