Inventive Literature has its Own Rules

I once wrote a poem that was more or less symbolic or allegorical, about flying serpents invading a holy place that represents a woman’s innocence. In the throes of composition, I wrote that the serpents, even after they died, still twitched or loosed a howl. Later on, I came under the impression that I had…

Alternatives to the Benedict Notion for Like-Minded People

I think we’re fortunate in that people in our time are feeling a widespread desire to revive traditional culture. Whether it’s food, or art, or religion, or parenting, we’re swinging back from the ultra-modern chrome age in which everything was supposed to be new and advanced, to a more epochosyncretist era. The Benedict Option is…

My Reaction to the Benedict Option

My family was part of something like an ICC, and I was talking about a refinement of the idea, a “monastery for families,” at least 12 years ago. Most of the people I know have some kind of experience with this idea. My point? Well… the book is a nice bit of marketing, to say the…

The Virtuous Artist: His Growth and Rarity (Illustration)

Do read the chart from bottom to top, please! I’m looking forward to a more detailed discussion, perhaps of individual artists. Michael’s question about Albrecht Durer sent me looking to create a coherent shorthand description of the “territory of value” on which an artist might be placed. I wonder how our readers would place Durer…