Rudolf Diels, Father of the Gestapo, on Corporal Punishment

“The infliction of physical punishment is not every man’s job, and naturally we were only too glad to recruit men who were prepared to show no signs of squeamishness at their task.  Unfortunately, we knew nothing of the Freudian side of the business, and it was only after a number of instances of unnecessary flogging…

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…