July 5, 2019

Ordinary Time 5 July 2019 The Edge of Elfland Concord, New Hampshire Dearest Readers, Recently I saw a short video from the BBC with the inimitable Stephen Fry. Fry, and his mellifluous voice, discussed language and pedantry. Essentially, Fry’s point was that we should not get caught up in the minutia of language, correcting the grammatical glitches we see in public, in the use of our friends, online, etc. Rather, says Fry, we should exult in language, take delight in… Read more

July 2, 2019

Ordinary Time 2 July 2019 The Edge of Elfland Concord, New Hampshire Dearest Readers, Fortress Press is currently having a summer sale with books as much as 70% off. And there are many worthy books for sale, including mine. So, if you’ve been intrigued by the title and snippets of content from Being Deified: Poetry and Fantasy on the Path to God now is your chance to get a copy for $23.99 (I assume plus shipping, but hey, when it… Read more

July 1, 2019

Ordinary Time 1 July 2019 The Edge of Elfland Concord, New Hampshire Dearest Readers, Recently it seems there has been something of a kerfuffle over the issue of apologetics here on Patheos Catholic. It all began when fellow Patheos Catholic author Dave Armstrong wrote a piece concerning illegal immigration. For any of my readers who somehow know who I am, but are unfamiliar with Armstrong, he is a lay Catholic apologist who has written many books, and much on various… Read more

June 30, 2019

13th Sunday in Ordinary Time 2019 The Edge of Elfland Concord, New Hampshire Dearest Readers, There is a word often bandied about, especially in the Christian landscape these days that I’m not certain has been adequately defined. That word? Imagination. You might have seen it used with the modifier Catholic, or perhaps sacramental, or dialectic, or analytic. In nearly every case, the actual meaning of the word imagination goes largely undefined. Now, in a small space like this, I cannot… Read more

June 12, 2019

Ordinary Time 12 June 2019 On the Edge of Elfland Manchester, NH Dearest Readers, “It is an ancient Mariner, And he stoppeth one of three.” So Coleridge begins his most famous, and perhaps his most important work. And like the one of three, I have been so stopped. Coleridge has been much on my mind of late, this poem not the least. Like the wedding guest who is stayed by the Mariner’s angelic version of the evil eye––the good eye,… Read more

May 26, 2019

Eastertide 26 May 2019 On the Edge of Elfland Concord, NH Dearest Readers, As part of my research for a current project, I have been reading Samuel Taylor Coleridge’s Biographia Literaria for the first time. Today, as I was reading, attempting to make my way to chapter 13––the celebrated chapter putting forth Coleridge’s theory/theology of imagination––I came across chapter 11. This chapter is entitled, “An affectionate exhortation to those who in early life feel themselves to become authors.” Coleridge himself… Read more

May 15, 2019

Eastertide 15 April 2019 On the Edge of Elfland Concord, NH Dearest Readers, Recently, I finished reading Malcolm Guite’s Mariner: A Voyage with Samuel Taylor Coleridge. The book itself is a heavy one, weighing (with notes, bibliography, and index) at 471 pages. It is, in one sense, a biography of Samuel Taylor Coleridge. It gives what any biography should: dates, names, places, and a narrative to direct them all. Any biographer worth their salt knows that a certain theme must… Read more

April 28, 2019

Eastertide Divine Mercy Sunday The Edge of Elfland Concord, NH Dear Friends, Here is an audio recording of my recent talk at the 6th Annual Catholic Literature Conference in Concord, NH. In the talk I focus on what the jovial and mercurial spirits are, with the help of C.S. Lewis, and give some suggestions on why and how we should reclaim them. So for those of you who couldn’t make it to the conference––or for those who did, but would… Read more

April 23, 2019

Eastertide St. George’s Day 2019 The Edge of Elfland Concord, NH Dearest Readers, Today, as many of you know, is the feast day of St. George, parton, amongst other things, of England. It is also the possible birthday and definite death-day of William Shakespeare. In many ways, today is a profoundly English day, which does my anglophilic heart good.  While I’ve long known of St. George, my first introduction to him was as the Knight of the Red Crosse in… Read more

April 16, 2019

Lent 16 April 2019 The Edge of Elfland Manchester, NH Dearest Readers, I’m still processing the events of yesterday. I can’t really begin to describe what I feel or think about these events. Still less can I give voice to the grief I feel for my brothers and sisters in Paris. What I can give, I give to you now, paltry as it may be. From arches old, the fire enfolds the spire. The holy relics, art, and host were… Read more

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