Why Remain Catholic? Jean-Luc Marions Says because It’s Fun: The Commonness of the Real

David Russell Mosley Eastertide 28 May 2017 The Edge of Elfland Hudson, New Hampshire Dear Readers, Thanks to Artur over at Cosmos the in Lost, I watched this short video with noted Catholic philosopher Jean-Luc Marion. While I’ve not read copious amounts of Marion’s work and nor have I agreed with everything I’ve read, I [Read More…]

Mooreeffoc: Reflections on Words and Worlds while Reading in a Coffeeshop

David Russell Mosley Lent 22 March 2017 The Edge of Elfland Hudson, New Hampshire Dear Readers, Here I was sitting in a coffeeshop (one of those chains I am no particular fan of, but it was on the way of the many errands we had to run today). I was reading Michael Martin’s excellent new [Read More…]

My Rolling English Road to Rome: How J.R.R. Tolkien, C.S. Lewis, G.K. Chesterton, and Stratford Caldecott Helped Make Me Catholic

David Russell Mosley Ordinary Time 14 February 2017 The Edge of Elfland Hudson, New Hampshire Dear Readers, Two days ago I told you that I am going to be received into the Catholic Church. Today, I want to dig a little deeper by explaining one part of how I found myself on a road I [Read More…]

Overcoming Evil with the Common and the Ordinary: Reflections on Harry Potter and G.K. Chesterton

David Russell Mosley Ordinary Time 2 August 2016 The Edge of Elfland Hudson, New Hampshire Dear Readers, As you know, I have been reading my way through the Harry Potter series again this summer. I have just finished reading Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix. Initially, this book, with all its wizard angst [Read More…]

Bored by Joy: Fairy Tales as Appetisers for Beatitude: A Response to Matthew Moser

David Russell Mosley Lent 5 April 2014 On the Edge of Elfland Beeston, Nottinghamshire Dear Friends and Family, Over at Christ and University, Matt Moser has written another post about teaching Dante to which I feel inclined to respond. Moser notes and laments that as he and his students (along with Dante) entered Paradise in the [Read More…]

Creativity as Deifying: On Fairy Stories, Part II

David Russell Mosley   Lent 4 April 2014 On the Edge of Elfland Beeston, Nottinghamshire Dear Friends and Family, Here is the lengthier part 2 of yesterday’s thesis extract. This section is, in essence, a commentary on J. R. R. Tolkien’s essay ‘On Fairy-Stories’. Let me know what you think. On Fairy Stories ‘Fantasy remains [Read More…]

Creativity as Deifying: An Extract from My Thesis Part I

David Russell Mosley Lent 3 April 2014 On the Edge of Elfland Beeston, Nottinghamshire Dear Friends and Family, Inspired by this post from Artur Rosman, ‘John Paul II, the Artist in You, and Coleridge’, I thought I would share a portion of my thesis on a related topic. This extract comes from my fourth chapter [Read More…]

The Thing I'll Miss Most in England: Pubs

David Russell Mosley St Patrick’s Day 2014 On the Edge of Elfland Beeston, Nottinghamshire Dear Friends and Family, Today being the feast of St Patrick, you might think I’d be doing a post on him, but this year, you would be wrong. You can check out the post I did on him last year, a [Read More…]