Presence: A Journal of Catholic Poetry

So…I normally do not indulge in shameless self-promotion on Vox Nova, but I am going to take the liberty of doing so this time. However, my hope is that this announcement will be of general interest to our readership. I am delighted to report that I have a poem published in the inaugural issue of [Read More…]

Ivan Karamazov’s Devil

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The Insane Prophet

“It is sometimes an appropriate response to reality to go insane.” Philip K Dick To be deemed insane, and therefore to have one’s ideas entirely rejected because of one’s failure to “grasp reality,” has become one of the great phobias of modernity. Positivistic rationalism with its absolute faith in human reason and its ability to [Read More…]

Vox Nova At the Library: The Sorcerer’s House

Anyone familiar with a Gene Wolfe novel knows his stories are filled with puzzles leading to at least two different stories being told in the midst of his text. The first is the primary one which is usually written in first person, written from the perspective of one of the main characters of the novel. [Read More…]

The Dream Of A Ridiculous Man

Based upon a Dostoevsky short story. [Read more…]

Vox Nova At The Library: Nick and the Glimmung

Say what you will about Philip K Dick, he wrote some of the most interesting pieces of speculative fiction in the 20th century. In part, it is because he was himself trying to understand his own life, filled as it was, with all kinds of strife and confusion.  He had all kinds of weird mystical [Read More…]

The Allegory of the Cave In the Writings of Lewis and Barfield

Probably one of the reasons why Plato’s allegory of the cave is so famous is because of the applicability of its subject-matter to daily life. Any sense of insight we gain about the world around us makes us feel as if we are different, and we know how difficult it is to explain and convince [Read More…]

A Postmodern Conservatism? Part VI

A Postmodern Conservatism? Part I A Postmodern Conservatism? Part II A Postmodern Conservatism? Part III A Postmodern Conservatism? Part IV A Postmodern Conservatism? Part V (Cross-posted at First Things) The embrace of uncertainty is an intersection of two large and confusing terms, postmodernism and conservatism. The “postmodern conservative” is skeptical of new models and standards [Read More…]

Vox Nova At The Library: The Legend of Sigurd and Gudrún

The good news: J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Legend of Sigurd and Gudrún is a very good book. Very, very good. The bad news: you might not appreciate how good it is. This depends upon what one is looking for in the works of J.R.R. Tolkien. Are you a fan of his hobbit tales, but not The [Read More…]

Without God, Everything Is Permitted (Prohibited)

Dostoevsky’s idea that without God, everything is permitted is examined in the light of Lacan’s and Žižek’s declaration that without God, everything is prohibited. s [Read more…]