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An Unexpected Gift: Roger Scruton’s ‘Against the Tide’
An Unexpected Gift: Roger Scruton’s ‘Against the Tide’
I have a suggestion, particularly for those unfamiliar with Roger Scruton’s voice: Use your Duck Duck Go browser to find his award-winning documentary “Why Beauty Matters.” In the ...
01-27-2022
Uncovering Mother Teresa’s Hidden Family History
Uncovering Mother Teresa’s Hidden Family History
“By blood, I am Albanian. By citizenship, an Indian. By faith, I am a Catholic nun. As to my calling, I belong to the world. As to my ...
01-26-2022
Book Review: ‘Britfield & The Rise of the Lion’
Book Review: ‘Britfield & The Rise of the Lion’
In 2019, the Britfield adventure began in England with its first book, “Britfield & the Lost Crown.” “Britfield & The Rise of the Lion,” the second installment of ...
01-17-2022
Book Review: ‘The Art of Patience: Seeking the Snow Leopard in Tibet’
Book Review: ‘The Art of Patience: Seeking the Snow Leopard in Tibet’
The title of this book popped up in one of those elegantly printed catalogs that appear unexpectedly in your mailbox and demand perusing. This one immediately caught my ...
01-17-2022
Dazzled by the World: A Master of the Essay
Dazzled by the World: A Master of the Essay
Ask someone for the title or author of a favorite book, and most could give you an answer. Ask the same question about a favorite poem or poet, ...
01-5-2022
Becoming an Adventurer: A Look at ‘Around the World in Eighty Days’
Becoming an Adventurer: A Look at ‘Around the World in Eighty Days’
Time to break free of the winter doldrums. Let’s put aside today’s headlines and instead travel the world. We’ll spend a few days in rural India, pay a ...
12-30-2021
Epoch Booklist: Recommended Reading
Epoch Booklist: Recommended Reading
Nonfiction On What It Means to Be a Man 'Iron John' By Robert Bly With fatherlessness affecting so many young men today, the journey to manhood is one ...
12-30-2021
Book Review: ‘Mountain Folk: Book 1 of the Folklore Cycle’ by John Hood
Book Review: ‘Mountain Folk: Book 1 of the Folklore Cycle’ by John Hood
Fantasy fiction is not new. Published in 1937 to wide critical acclaim, “The Hobbit” by J.R.R. Tolkien introduced readers to home-loving Bilbo Baggins. Bilbo’s quest takes him from ...
12-29-2021
Book Review: ‘The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek’
Book Review: ‘The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek’
It’s 1936. Cussy Mary Carter is a young woman living in a small, remote town in eastern Kentucky. Her beloved mother is dead. Her father, a coal miner, is ...
12-29-2021
Book Review: ‘The New Trail of Tears: How Washington Is Destroying American Indians’
Book Review: ‘The New Trail of Tears: How Washington Is Destroying American Indians’
The Trail of Tears began and ended nearly 200 years ago. History looks at it as the exemplification of a people felled by war, disease, ignored treaties, and ...
12-28-2021
Retired Nurse’s 4 Grandkids Befriend 93-Year-Old WWII Nurse Cadet: ‘Bonus Grandma’
Retired Nurse’s 4 Grandkids Befriend 93-Year-Old WWII Nurse Cadet: ‘Bonus Grandma’
When a nurse who had befriended an elderly care home resident decided to introduce the woman to her four grandkids, the children thought they "wouldn't be able to ...
12-28-2021
Book Review: ‘The Ghosts of Eden Park’
Book Review: ‘The Ghosts of Eden Park’
When we think gangsters and Prohibition, Brooklyn-born Al Capone usually comes to mind. Known as "Scarface," Capone gained notoriety for his reign as the crime boss of The ...
12-27-2021
Epoch Booklist: Recommended Reading
Epoch Booklist: Recommended Reading
This week, we revisit a classic Arthurian tale, savor the Middle Eastern pantry, and explore an influential work about how to conduct propaganda. Nonfiction The Art of Deception ...
12-24-2021
Do You Know ‘A Christmas Carol’?
Do You Know ‘A Christmas Carol’?
Like a good many Christmas traditions and trappings, a fresh look at them may return luster to a dullness that can build up with time and custom. In ...
12-23-2021
What Good Is Poetry? Shakespeare’s ‘Winter’ and the Hard Joys of the Season
What Good Is Poetry? Shakespeare’s ‘Winter’ and the Hard Joys of the Season
The world bound up in the snow and ice of winter is as fascinating as it is forbidding. Hoary mountains, blinding blizzards, snowy deserts, solid waters, fluid fires ...
12-23-2021
Book Review: ‘Captain Putnam for the Republic of Texas’
Book Review: ‘Captain Putnam for the Republic of Texas’
When Americans think of the American Revolution, they typically think of the ground troops led by men such as George Washington, Daniel Morgan, and Nathanael Greene. When it ...
12-22-2021
Leading by Example: How Author J.R.R. Tolkien Put His Family First
Leading by Example: How Author J.R.R. Tolkien Put His Family First
Author J.R.R. Tolkien (1892–1973) led a full life, yet he always put his family first. For over 70 years, he created Middle-earth complete with its own geography, time, ...
12-21-2021
Epoch Booklist: Recommended Reading
Epoch Booklist: Recommended Reading
Nonfiction Finding Hope in Hopeless Times 'Man’s Search for Meaning' By Viktor E. Frankl Frankl spent three years in Nazi concentration camps. His memoir shows that even when ...
12-18-2021
Children’s Books: Christmas Stories to Read Together
Children’s Books: Christmas Stories to Read Together
What's your favorite book to read with your children during the holidays? Here are some true-and-tested picks. ‘The Twelve Days of Christmas’ by Laurel Long (Dial Books) The ...
12-15-2021
Lessons From the Battlefield: Literature and War
Lessons From the Battlefield: Literature and War
The signature catchphrase of comedian Rodney Dangerfield was “I don’t get no respect.” Military historians in our universities might justifiably lay claim to that same line. The academic ...
12-11-2021
Book Review: ‘I, Citizen: A Blueprint for Reclaiming American Self-Governance’
Book Review: ‘I, Citizen: A Blueprint for Reclaiming American Self-Governance’
In many of their writings, the Founding Fathers often indicated what they were working to secure for the American people: safety and happiness. These two words were a ...
12-10-2021
Epoch Booklist: Recommended Reading
Epoch Booklist: Recommended Reading
Fiction Recreating the Texas Revolution ‘Captain Putnam for the Republic of Texas’ By James L. Haley In this fourth installment of the historical fiction Putnam Series, readers sail ...
12-10-2021
What Makes a Good Christmas Story? ‘The Green Knight’ Movie Versus the Original Poem
What Makes a Good Christmas Story? ‘The Green Knight’ Movie Versus the Original Poem
I wanted to sit in a plush, velvet movie-theater seat, gripping the armrest tightly in anticipation. I’d waited expectantly for the Christmas-themed “The Green Knight,” based off one ...
12-8-2021
Book Review: ‘How America’s Woke Media Is Undermining Democracy’
Book Review: ‘How America’s Woke Media Is Undermining Democracy’
In "Bad News: How Woke Media Is Undermining Democracy," Newsweek journalist Batya Ungar-Sargon provides a timely overview of the problems plaguing American journalism. The subject of media bias and ...
12-8-2021