A concatenation of odd July deluvian rains and hobbled knees cut two days off my planned seventy-mile trek.
"Lord Jesus Christ" ... gasp ...
"Son of God" ... gasp ...
"have mercy on me" ... gasp ...
"a sinner" ... gasp ...
Francis Mallmann, trans Peter Kaminsky: Seven Fires: Grilling the Argentine Way
My favorite cookbook for now.
T.S. Eliot: Complete Poems and Plays
A love/hate thing for conservatives and modernists. For me, all the former.
John Milbank: Theology and Social Theory: Beyond Secular Reason (Political Profiles)
The idea of the secular is a product of a degenerate Church -- only one of many trenchant points in a brave and very blue book.
Richard Wilbur: Collected Poems 1943-2004
One of the two best living poets. This one is American.
Geoffrey Hill: Selected Poems
The other of the two best living poets. This one is English.
William F. Lynch: Christ and Apollo: The Dimensions of the Literary Imagination
Why should Harry Potter die? Here's why.
Owen Barfield: Poetic Diction: A Study in Meaning (Wesleyan Paperback)
A single proof that poetry possesses a closer grasp of the world than does science. Well, real poetry, that is.
Wendell Berry: The Art of the Commonplace: The Agrarian Essays of Wendell Berry
Local economies, farming communities, family integrity, things agrarian and a kind of conservatism that has been raptured from the goblin world of politics.
Richard M. Weaver: Ideas Have Consequences
Well, if we are all Odysseus (as Joyce seems to think), Weaver is certainly our Tiresias, whose dour but sagacious prophecies are marching up out of the surf every year.
G. K. Chesterton: Orthodoxy
After reading this, who can deny that Orthodoxy is perilous, exciting, and downright intimidatingly grand to the benighted modernists? They can only run, surrender, or change the language.