“Pass the Peace” (But Not to Me)

LOL: "Don't you dare shake hands with me, or offer signs of peace, You lay a finger on me and I'll call for the police. Don't whisper 'Peace be with You,' this is the C of E, so bend the knee, say thou and thee, and keep your hands off me." more … [Read more...]

“Sex, Spies, and the 1960s”: Christopher Sandford

in AmCon, for those who would like a vivacious little primer on the Profumo affair: Shortly before 1 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 24, 1962, a 36-year-old Soviet naval captain, gourmand, and priapic man-about-town named Yevgeni Ivanov entered a low-lit restaurant in London’s fashionable South Kensington. Although dressed in the standard boxy dark suit and gabardine raincoat, Ivanov cut a striking figure even in that free-swinging era. There was a certain bustle about him, and he moved through the r … [Read more...]

From “Brideshead Revisited”

"I think you are very fond of Sebastian," she said."Why, certainly.""I know of these romantic friendships of the English and the Germans. They are not Latin. I think they are very good if they do not go on too long." … [Read more...]

From Frank Kermode’s introduction to “Brideshead Revisited”

In these circumstances the "marriage" between Waugh and the army headed for breakdown. He long retained an earnest if, as it sometimes appeared from the conduct of associates, idiosyncratic interest in the idea of combat, but other military qualities were lacking; one commanding officer rated him highest for "Zeal" and lowest for "Judgment." … [Read more...]

“You’re Not the Horrible Man I Married Anymore!”: me on Nick Hornby’s How to Be Good

In the first installment of this series on great novels about marriage we looked at a thousand-plus-page epic novel about life and death in medieval Norway: early death, mutilation, miserable weddings, war, prowling wolves, even the Black Plague itself. So you might be relieved by the book I’ve chosen this time. Nick Hornby’s 2001 How to Be Good has a bright yellow cover, a modern British setting, and a manageable three-hundred pages. This first impression is misleading. How to Be Good is a bru … [Read more...]

“Sensual Christianity”: I review an art show

in the Weekly Standard. "The Pre-Raphaelites," at the National Gallery until May 19: The Pre-Raphaelites attempted to craft a unified sensibility at once modern and medieval. Unlike devotees of the overlapping Aesthetic and Decadent movements, who, in some ways, were the Brotherhood’s heirs, the Pre-Raphaelites were aggressively English and Protestant. Shakespeare, Keats, Chaucer, and Wycliffe all get heroic treatments here. And the exhibit highlights the artists’ religious sensibilities—in fact … [Read more...]

“The Armies of the Prince of Peace”: I review “The Convert”

at Woolly Mammoth until, I think, March 10. … [Read more...]


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