Dystopia has become an almost omnipresent theme in popular culture, from television and movies to books. K.E. Colombini at First Things Magazine argues that it is popular (even in non-fiction) because we are indeed living in dystopian times.
Speaking of First Things Magazine, in addition to that story, I’ve also included articles on the typographical revolution and the dangerous tendency we have right now to romanticize the Russian Revolution, marking its 100th anniversary this year. It was Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn who explained how The Terror didn’t start with Stalin but had been there all along, from the first days of Lenin ascending to power.
The BBC tells the story of the five missionaries who were killed in the Amazon in the early 1950s. BBC also has photographs of sites in the UK than can only be seen from the air. Colleen Girard at The Atlantic describes why the British tell better children’s stories than Americans do.
And poetry, art, photography, and the astounding beauty of Norway.
Jesus touches the untouchable – Mary Harwell Sayler at Altarwork.
Yellow river – B.K. Mackenzie at Signed…BKM.
Tallahassee – Steven Marty Grant at Urbanality.
Weeping will you -- Oluwatomisin Oredein at Curator Magazine.
Kingdom – Glen Wilson at Altarwork.
The Long-Term Results of a Faithful Writing Life – Ann Kroeker.
The Rise of Dystopian Nonfiction – K.E. Colombini at First Things Magazine.
What’s the difference between a writer and a communicator? – David Murray at Writing Boots.
Art and Photography
The Wanderer, also called Path through the trees; watercolor with chalk and graphite by Paul Nash (1911), via the British Museum.
Hold with Care – Susan Jones.
Life and Culture
The Typographical Revolution – Timothy George at First Things Magazine.
The Monk Who Saves Manuscripts from ISIS – Matteo Fagotto at The Atlantic.
Mourning the Russian Revolution – William Doino Jr. at First Things Magazine.
Why We Need Both ‘Silence’ and ‘Hacksaw Ridge’ – Kenneth Morefield at The Gospel Coalition.
The extraordinary UK sites you have to see from the air – BBC (Hat Tip: J of India).
Why the British Tell Better Children’s Stories – Colleen Gillard at The Atlantic.
Nine abandoned islands of Scotland – Alison Campsie at The Scotsman.
The Beauty of Norway
Painting: The Dramatist, oil on canvas by Brigit Ganley (1909-2002).