My new book is out

Book Description
Through best-selling books and now blockbuster motion pictures, C. S. Lewis’s masterpiece The Chronicles of Narnia has captured the hearts and imaginations of millions of children and adults. When Lewis wrote this acclaimed series more than half a century ago, many considered it a mere children’s allegory and missed the rich spiritual meaning of the Christian faith that Lewis was clearly communicating.

In The Soul of Prince Caspian, Veith reveals how Lewis takes on the modern mindset that has literally forgotten Christ just as Narnia has forgotten Aslan. As Veith unlocks the story of Prince Caspian, you’ll discover how Lewis’s other writings add depth and clarity to his message. And you’ll see that, while Prince Caspian may be about the fantastic land of Narnia, it’s also about your world.

(You can click the ad, above, if you would like to buy it. Sorry for the commercial. I do like the cover art, though.)

The Caspian book cover

More Shakespeare parallels

We’ve been

Superdelegates as Hamlet 

The idea is that the Superdelegates are having trouble making up their mind.

What Shakespeare characters are the various candidates and other players?

HT: Jackquelyn

Shakespearean tragedy in Green Bay

You know how in “King Lear,” he walks out at the end holding the body of his daughter, and we’re at the “no worst, there is none” moment, and just at the saddest point, Lear, mad with grief, thinks that he sees her breathing after all, and how that injection of false hope right then just makes it EVEN WORSE, breaking Lear’s heart and making him die? So goes this column by Michael Wilbon, who writes a noble elegy for Bret Favre upon his retirement, only to inject at the very end the possibility that he might be back!

Answer to the Warlike Harry quiz

Nobody seemed to know the answer to the hidden quiz about the Shakespeare allusions in my Warlike Harry post, so I’ll have to tell you the answer: Many of you caught that “warlike Harry” comes from HENRY V. But the great hero in that play was the irresponsible, party-hearty youth in HENRY IV, part I and part II. In those two plays, we see the reckless Prince Hal getting into trouble and embarrassing the kingdom with his bad-influence pal Falstaff. But then, when his father’s kingdom is threatened, Prince Hal pulls himself together, goes to war, and becomes a hero. When his father dies and Hal succeeds him as Henry V, the first thing he does is banish his friend Falstaff to remove his temptation. He has put away his youthful egotism, assumed his responsibilities, and become a grown-up.

In our world, Prince Harry has been fodder for the tabloids with his irresponsible behavior. But now the same media that luridly disapproved of his drinking and his girlfriends is now hailing him as a hero. This Prince Harry too–who poignantly says that the hardships and dangers of combat have enabled him to have be “normal”– may have grown up too. And, incidentally, he has raised the battered image of the royal family, possibly helping to save the throne.

(Notice how deeply Shakespeare peers into the human condition.)

The Warlike Harry

England’s royal family may be returning to its chivalric roots. Prince Harry, the third in line to the throne, is a military officer who has been fighting in hot combat in Afghanistan. His unit has killed some 30 Taliban.

[Who can identify the allusion in the title of this post? How else is that allusion appropriate, considering Prince Harry's earlier frivolous past?]

UPDATE: Because of the publicity, Prince Harry has been pulled from action and is back in England. Now al-Qaida is calling for his assassination.

Mark Steyn, satirist

Mark Steyn, the Canadian conservative, brings together insightful punditry and devastating humor. That is to say, he is a true satirist. For a sample of what a good writer he is, consider his description in a piece on fall of the house of Clintonof Bill Clinton’s famous televised walk to the stage to receive his party’s nomination:

Bill Clinton understood a crude rule of show business — that, if you behave like a star, there are plenty of people who’ll treat you like one. The apotheosis of this theory was his interminable ambulatory entrance down mile after mile of corridor at the 2000 Democratic convention in Los Angeles, when Slick Willie finally out-Elvised Elvis — or, more accurately, out-Smarted the opening sequence of Get Smart. Apparently, no-one had thought to tell him to try to get within four miles of the stage before the introductory video ended. He was, by my calculations, outside the men’s room on Corridor G27, Sub-Basement Level 6 of the Staples Center. As he began the long, long, lo-oo-oo-oong televised walk to the podium the crowd watching the monitors cheered — and, 20 minutes later, after he’d strolled down the first three or four windowless tunnels of attractive luminous drywall, hung a left by the water cooler, taken the emergency stairs, cut across the stationery closet, moved smoothly through the boiler room and had still only reached the Coke machine on Sous-Mezzanine Level 4 and there was at least a mile and a half between him and the stage, and the Democratic activists out in the hall were beginning to figure they could get dinner and a movie and still be back in time for the last third of his walk-on, they were nevertheless still cheering. In effect, President Clinton dared them not to cheer. Tom Jones wouldn’t have risked it. Engelbert Humperdinck would have balked. But, after eight years of talking the talk, Bill walked the walk. In the hall, the delegates’ hands were raw, bleeding stumps, but the Slicker knew that if he started his entrance in Idaho those Dems would cheer him every step of the way.

But Steyn has turned his satire on Muslims, and so he is being dragged before Canada’s human rights courts. Read this account of his case and mourn the way Western civilization, in the name of its own invention of multi-culturalism, is repudiating its liberties, persecuting its defenders, and committing cultural suicide.