Saturday, June 9, 2018

Saturday Good Reads

Did you know that the character of Stephano in Shakespeare’s The Tempest may have been based on a real character – a man who settled for a time in the Jamestown colony and then came back over on the Mayflower? The New England History Society has the story.

Bishop Curry’s sermon at the royal wedding has prompted an outpouring of comment, commentary, media articles, and blog posts. David Robertson at The Wee Flea adds one – how the reactions to the sermon revealed the four tribes of evangelicalism. (Reading the post, I recognized where I most likely fit – the fourth one.)

The articles and posts on writing this week were especially good: Ann Kroker on author branding, Dean Wesley Smith on the many deaths of a fiction writer (I’ve died most of them), Rebekah Valerius on reading Chesterton (she gets him exactly right), T.M. Brown on the appeal of Southern novels, Anthony Horowitz (novelist and scriptwriter; he wrote the scripts for Foyle’s War) on the detective story as meta-fiction; a two-part interview with British novelist Paul Kingsworth in Image Journal (I reviewed his Beast in January); and more.

And good poetry, good insights into the state of the culture, and Gary Barlow singing with military wives and the Commonwealth Band.


Rimsky-Korsakov’s Magical “Scheherazade” – Terez Rose at The Imaginative Conservative.


The Christian Origins of Victimhood Culture – Andrew Wilson at Think.

Christian Repentance in a Callout Culture – Samuel James at Letters & Liturgy. 

The Humbling of the SBC – Melissa at Your Mom Has a Blog. 

Life and Culture

Heroism in a Cubicle: The Value of Intellectual Virtue – Dr. David Leonard at the Institute for Faith, Work, & Economics.

The Persistent and Pervasive Problem of Pseudo-Pique – Joe Carter at The Gospel Coalition.

Why Progressivism Fails – Zak Schmoll at Entering the Public Square.


A deep dark well – Jim Schmotzer at Faithful Skeptic.

Aging – Ana Lisa de Jog via Facebook.

Jay Parini and His Morning Meditations – D.S. Martin at Kingdom Poets.

You Swim Until You Can’t – Maureen Doallas at Writing Without Paper.

Writing and Literature

The Many Deaths of a Fiction Writer – Dean Wesley Smith. 

When Timeless Works Respond to the Folly of Their Age – David Gilbert at The Imaginative Conservative.

Reading Chesterton – Rebekah Valerius at Literary Life.

What’s the Appeal of Southern Novels? – T.M. Brown at Serious Reading.

The Detective Story as Meta-Fiction – Anthony Horowitz at CrimeReads. 

Art and Photography

Once There Were Daffodils – Tim Good at Photography by Tiwago.

Keyshawn Whitehorse – Tom Darin Liskey via Facebook.

American Stuff

Stephen Hopkins, Jamestown Settler, Mayflower Pilgrim – and Shakespeare Character? – The New England Historical Society.

Sing – Gary Barlow and the Commonwealth Band (featuring Military Wives)

Painting: Girl Reading, oil on canvas by Torajiro Kojima (1881-1929)

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