On September 29, 1930, Evelyn Waugh, the author of Vile Bodies and other ultra-post-modern works, entered the Catholic Church. Three weeks later, the Daily Express published an essay by the convert entitled “Converted to Rome: Why It Has Happened.” In that essay, Waugh explained his choice to submit to ultra-orthodoxy in an age which desperately … Continue reading Helena
When trying to decide how to describe Mrs. Mike, I thought that the word poignant was accurate and helpful.
“The Loved One by Evelyn Waugh is tasteless, irreverent, perverse, and merciless. These qualities, however, are the source of a strange sanity because they are the means by which we can all have a good laugh. Not only is it quite alright to take things lightly, it is a good habit… We are refreshed more … Continue reading Right Ho, Jeeves
In 1973 William Goldman penned a quirky but endearing story about a beautiful princess, a mysterious pirate, a lovable giant, a Spanish swordsman, a cunning Sicilian, a six-fingered villain, a duplicitous prince, and an out-of-work miracle man. Perhaps a little bit like A.A. Milne’s Once On A Time, The Princess Bride is tough to categorize … Continue reading The Princess Bride
"Read and re-read. Re-reading we always find a new book." ~C.S. Lewis, Of Other Worlds: Essays and Stories, "On Stories" (1947) I have always been a big fan of re-reading. While most good books can support many readings, certain excellent books almost seem to require multiple readings before the reader can claim to really understand … Continue reading Brideshead Revisited
In my review of the fourth book in Ralph Moody’s Little Britches series, Mary Emma and Company, I said goodbye to young Ralph. That book closed the chapter on Ralph’s childhood. Fields of Home chronicles Ralph’s debut into young manhood. No longer a child but not yet a man, this chapter of Ralph’s life extends … Continue reading Little Britches #5: Fields of Home