Saturday, August 18, 2018

Saturday Good Reads

It’s an out of the way place southwest of Lyon, well off the tourist path. Its relative isolation served it well during World War II – the village of Le Chambon-sur-Lignon hid and helped some 3,000 Jews escape. Its Protestant heritage may have been a reason. The BBC has the story.

A reader asked Rod Dreher why he was devoting so much commentary to the ongoing scandals rocking the Catholic Church. He tells a story about being bullied by “the cool kids” at his high school – and two moms who wouldn’t interfere in the cool kids’ fun. The story of the abuse of children by Catholic priests went heartbreakingly graphic this week, with the publication of the Pennsylvania grand jury investigation that covered seven decades of abuse and coverup. Thousands of children were involved, and it’s only one state.

St. Louis has always laid claim to the invention of the ice cream cone; not so, says Maria Grace at English Historical Fiction Authors. D.S. Martin features poet Anya Krugovoy Silver, who died last week after a long struggle with cancer. Jason Miller considers the hidden influence of poet Langston Hughes on Martin Luther King Jr. And more.

Life and Culture

The Evolution of the Humble Sandwich – BBC (Hat Tip: J of India).

Why Local Matters – Zak Schmoll at Entering the Public Square.

Why It’s Personal – Rod Dreher at The American Conservative.



Somewhere Else – Tim Good at Photography by Tiwago.

Ode to the Spirit of Aseity – Joe Spring.

Anya  Krugovoy Silver – D.S. Martin at Kingdom Poets.

Thomas Gray’s Desperate Pastoral – Jeffrey Hart at The Imaginative Conservative.

Langston Hughes’ Hidden Influence on MLK – Jason Miller at Urban Faith.

British Stuff

The Real Origins of the Ice Cream Cone – Maria Grace at English Historical Fiction Authors.

American Stuff

Teaching Salem Witchcraft – Thomas Kidd at The Gospel Coalition.


A French village committed to deception – Anita Isalska at BBC.

Art and Photography

Succulently Serpentine – Tim Good at Photography by Tiwago.

Holy Cross Lutheran, Revisited Again – Chris Naffziger at St. Louis Patina.


Non-Fiction Platforms – Rachelle Gardner.


Pride and the Fall in Tolkien’s Second Age – Bradley Birzer at The Imaginative Conservative.

The Roots of Carmel

Painting: Interior, Woman Reading, oil on canvas by Gustave Caillebotte (1880)

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