Category: Literature

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“Taliessin Through Logres” Money and Markets in Camelot

Charles Williams’s poem Taliessin Through Logres has a worthwhile lesson for readers.

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Dante and the Face of Geryon

In Dante’s vision, fraud is the deepest, most infernal sin, and yet it does not appear at all among the capital sins whose punishments are willingly undergone in “Purgatorio.” Why is that?

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The Power of Restraint: ‘The Wrath of Achilles’

Reaching Within: What traditional art offers the heart

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The Scientific Revolution & Edgar Allan Poe

The senses of Poe and his contemporaries were bombarded with new technical effects: electromagnetic signals, brilliant light shows, musical innovations, clattering city streets, mesmeric emanations, machine-printed words

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Gifts From a Master: The Stories of William Sydney Porter

“The Gift of the Magi,” one of the sweetest, most concise, and best-written short stories in the English language.

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The Canterbury Tales in a Nutshell

In the midst of this iniquity, Chaucer kindles candles of sanctity to lighten our hearts and enlighten our way.

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Why “Crime and Punishment” by Fyodor Dostoevsky is a Great Book

John J. Miller is joined by Jessica Hooten Wilson of the University of Dallas to discuss Fyodor Dostoevsky’s Crime and Punishment.

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Nietzsche, Between Philosophy and Prophecy

The dual burden that Zarathustra has taken upon himself proves too much for one man, hence the tragic character of Nietzsche’s parodic gospel.

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Elizabeth Kantor joins the podcast to discuss The Politically Incorrect Guide to English and American Literature.

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J. R. R. Tolkien’s Work Transcends ‘Wokeness’

On the Tolkien Society’s misguided descent into contemporary pieties.

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The “Juneteenth” Everyone Forgot by Ralph Ellison

Ralph Ellison’s legendary second novel is more relevant than ever.

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Forgotten Heroines: Fictional Females From Long Ago

Have we forgotten the noble females found in ancient poetry and plays? Are we unaware of the high regard for female courage, fidelity, passion, independence, and intelligence expressed by writers of bygone ages?