Saturday, May 26, 2018

Saturday Good Reads

Another school shooting, and we quickly slip into the guns-no guns debate. David French at National Review (it’s conservative, if you’re not familiar with it) has a perspective that is disturbing, to say the least, and he looks to Malcolm Gladwell for it. Samuel James at Letters & Liturgy asks if our news media is turning shooters into celebrities, simply by doing what they believe is their job. And David Rupert points to a common denominator of loneliness.

Several good writing articles were published this week – Bradley Birzer on Tolkien, Gregory Wolfe on Nathaniel Hawthorne, Eliot Pattison on why historical fictional (and historical crime novels) matters, Tom McAlister on who will buy your book, and others. 

Zak Schmoll is continuing to write about social media (and other topics), ad recently explained how social media shrinks our world. Spitalfields Life finds some wonderful photographs of vanished London. Paul Lofting (who writes A Clerk of Oxford blog) has a fascinating story on women of the Middle Ages – and their wimples and veils. And di you know that Boston has been having a “quiet” religious revival since the 1960s?


Salt Wife– Amy McCann at Image Journal.

Confession– Ruth at There is no such thing as a God-forsaken town.

Tea-maker– Andrea Skevington at Literary Life.

One Story of Gaza– Maureen Doallas at Writing Without Paper.

Life and Culture

The Copycat Problem– Samuel James at Letters & Liturgy.

All the Lonely People: What’s Inside the Heart of a Mass Killer– David Rupert at Red-Letter Believers. 

Why Social Media Shrinks Our World– Zak Schmoll at Entering the Public Square.

Writing and Literature

Grace in the Unredeemed Land of Middle-Earth– Bradley Birzer at The Imaginative Conservative.

The Redemption of Hester Prynne– Gregory Wolfe at Literary Life.

Who Will Buy Your Book?– Tom McAllister at The Millions.

Recently Soft Hearts and Thin Skin– D.L. Mayfield at Image Journal.

Intention, a short story– Melanie Haney at The Frozen Moon.


A Provocation– Paul Phillips at He/s Taken Leave.

Hopelessly Stuck on Hope– Eileen Knowles at The Scenic Route.

So Thankful– Pamela Steiner at Closed Doors, Open Windows.

Boston’s ‘Quiet Revival’ Since the 1960s– Thomas Kidd at The Gospel Coalition.

Art and Photography

Vanishing London– Spitalfields Life.

Burly Burl– Tim Good at National Geographic / Your Shot.

British Stuff

Women of the Middle Ages: Wimples, Veil and Head-rails, Part II– Paula Lofting at English Historical Fiction Authors.

Is He Worthy? – Andrew Peterson

Painting: Woman Reading, oil on canvas (1879/1880) by Edouard Manet (1832-1883); Art Institute of Chicago. 

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