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2022-12-19 22:21
One of the ideas that has animated this blog since its very beginning is that my understanding that a "Catholic reader" does not simply imply being a Catholic who likes to read nor that one… Read More
Books Can Save Our Dying Culture
2020-07-13 20:46
On Renewing “A Catholic Reader”I’VE BEEN WANTING to get back to writing on this blog for some time now, after several years of neglect. When I started it, ten years ago, I… Read More
The Secret To Reading Flannery O'Connor
2019-10-17 22:24
A very young Brad Dourif played Hazel Motes in John Huston's incomparable film adaptation of Flannery O'Connor's Wild Blood. Veiled Mystery About forty years ago, I read the work of… Read More
Authors I Call Friends: Andrew Seddon
2019-10-12 04:42
Some books I've edited, translated, and/or designed in the last few years. I've been away from blogging for a while, and this blog has moved to an independent WordPress site and back to Goo… Read More
Noah In Perspective
2017-03-13 21:26
In the previous installment in this series on the Great Flood in the literary tradition, we saw that the Biblical flood story, unlike its analogs in pagan literature, puts the emphasis on th… Read More
Joe Schmoe Reads Genesis
2016-12-27 03:56
When I started this reading exercise that I call “adventures in comparative mythology,” nearly two years ago, I said that one of the things I hoped to achieve was to get rea… Read More
2016-03-08 18:38
Second installment on the Great Flood in Ovid's Metamorphoses Ovid artfully wove telling details into his poem. It is up to us to notice them, if we would understand the poem. (If you h… Read More
2015-12-09 23:59
Liberty has long been the emblem of our country, but do we even understand what true freedom is? Today is July 4, when we commemorate the signing of the Declaration of Independence and all… Read More
2015-10-31 19:46
Who would have guessed that a papal encyclical with an untranslatable Latin title would change not just the Church but the world? Remember the Year of Faith decreed by Pope Benedict XVI?… Read More
2015-10-31 19:36
Res novae Pope Leo XIII wrote his encyclical Rerum Novarum at the end of the nineteenth century. The previous hundred years had seen a huge upheaval in the way people in the Western world l… Read More
2015-10-20 17:58
Were Homer's epics inspired by ancient tales of Gilgamesh? Yesterday, by a piece of serendipity, I discovered that there's a revised edition of Charles Rowan Beye’s Ancient Epic P… Read More
2015-04-22 20:19
On my way back from a recent meeting of the Dallas/Fort Worth Catholic Writers Group, I caught a snippet of Al Kresta’s interview with John G. West, editor of a new book called The… Read More
A New Look & A New Reading Opportunity
2015-04-22 20:17
Welcome to the new and (I hope) improved look for this blog. Please look around and check things out -- let me know if anything is not working properly. I've created the refurbished look… Read More
2015-04-22 20:17
Welcome to the new and (I hope) improved look for this blog. Please look around and check things out -- let me know if anything is not working properly. I've created the refurbished look… Read More
2006-06-07 11:16
I've been writing and revising my novel, which accounts for the long hiatus from this blog, but also reading things that I'll eventually want to discuss here. Meanwhile, here is a very ni… Read More
2006-06-07 11:16
Members of the Dallas Chapter of the Saint Thomas More Society, with local bishops after the annual Red Mass. About a month ago, I presented an address to the local Saint Thomas More Socie… Read More
2006-06-07 11:16
Here I am, ruminating on The Father's Tale In Book Ten of his Confessions, Saint Augustine of Hippo refers to the memory as “the stomach of the mind” – an image that pro… Read More
2006-06-07 11:16
A few weeks ago, I promised a review of Cyril Jones-Kellett's Ad Limina: a novella of Catholics in space, and I've written and posted it over on my science fiction blog. What I’d li… Read More

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