October 22, 2018

Ordinary Time St. John Paul II 2018 The Edge of Elfland Concord, NH Dearest Readers, Recently I came across an article titled, “Why Doesn’t Ancient Fiction Talk About Feelings?” The basic argument seems to boil down to two chief ideas. First, ancient (and by ancient they also mean medieval) literature is chiefly told in a “just-the-facts” manner with little or no explanation of what characters are thinking and feeling. The second, which is harder to ferret out precisely, is that… Read more

October 16, 2018

Ordinary Time 16 October 2018 The Edge of Elfland Concord, NH Dearest Readers, Recently some fellow Patheos Catholic writers pointed out that the Patheos Pagan facebook page has just under 45K likes while the the Patheos Catholic facebook page has roughly 27.5K likes. Someone else chimed in noting the Mehta’s The Friendly Atheist, just one blog on Patheos Atheist, has nearly 600K likes. This caused me, and everyone else really, to wonder why Patheos Catholic is so far behind everyone… Read more

October 15, 2018

Ordinary Time St. Theresa of Avila The Edge of Elfland Concord, NH Dearest Readers, As a parent of twin four-year-olds, I often think about the way I am shaping my children’s imagination. Often, I focus on my failures. Too much TV or Kindle Fire time; the wrong kinds of shows; not reading chapter books or the best children’s stories yet; etc. But today I want to focus on some wins. Specifically, I want to draw your attention to four excellent… Read more

September 29, 2018

Ordinary Time Michaelmas 2018 The Edge of Elfland Concord, New Hampshire Dearest Readers, Those of you who have been receiving these letters for a while now will know that lately I’ve become rather a fan of Malcolm Guite and Michael Ward. Guite––an Anglican priest, folk musician and rockstar, poet, and more––has become one of my favorite modern poets and is my favorite scholar of the Inklings. Ward’s Planet Narnia has been so formative on my work as a scholar that… Read more

September 18, 2018

Ordinary Time St. Theodore of Tarsus The Edge of Elfland Concord, NH Dearest Readers, It was about two years or so ago I was first introduced to director Tomm Moore. Somewhere around St. Patrick’s Day and The Secret of Kells was available on Netflix. The boys and I watched it and while they, at roughly two, faded in and out, I was enraptured. I loved the storytelling, I loved the animation, and, most of all, I loved the connection of… Read more

September 16, 2018

Ordinary Time 16 September 2018 The Edge of Elfland Concord, NH Dearest Readers, It seems lately all I do is apologize for how long it has been between letters. As you know, just over a month ago a cascade of scandal fell upon the Church. I gave my own brief response to it and stopped writing. I didn’t know how to keep on writing. My faith has not been shaken, but I couldn’t figure out how to keep writing about… Read more

August 29, 2018

Ordinary Time Feast of the Beheading of St. John the Baptist The Edge of Elfland Manchester, NH Dearest Readers, Here is the latest episode of my podcast, To Wonder and to Wander. In it I rehearse the claims made by Dr. Michael Ward in his groundbreaking book Planet Narnia, and consider what it could mean to read the Chronicles of Narnia in the order of the medieval planets. Give it a listen below or subscribe on iTunes. Sincerely, David Read more

August 15, 2018

Ordinary Time Feast of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary The Edge of Elfland Concord, NH Dearest Readers, I cried today. Tears and I have a complicated relationship. I will often well up at a sentimental movie or even advertisement, at moving scenes in books, but in real life, tears are often absent. I don’t know why this is, why I am so willing to weep at things more remote than those closer to home. And this is not… Read more

August 10, 2018

Ordinary Time 10 August 2018 The Edge of Elfland Concord, NH Dearest Readers, As I have mentioned in my letters before, I often find it necessary to get out and walk in nature. I do not particularly care for mountain hiking, though I do love the views at the top, but I often find in myself a need to be out amongst the trees, to get as far away as I can from the road, and listen to and breathe… Read more

July 31, 2018

Ordinary Time 31 July 2018 The Edge of Elfland Concord, New Hampshire Dearest Readers, When I first started writing these letters, long before becoming Catholic was even on the horizon, I saw that Church universal, at least in the UK (where I was then living and this was called Letters from Nottingham) and the US had a geography problem. With the rise of the car and the interstate highway (or motorways in the UK) people no longer needed to attend… Read more

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