Saturday, May 16, 2020

Saturday Good Reads

It’s like taking a walk through the history of popular culture – or the history of popular detective books and television shows. Olivia Rutigliano at Crime Reads ranks the most iconic detective sidekicks. Included are Bess and George from the Nancy Drew mysteries and even Tonto from The Lone Ranger television series.

Defining “modernism” has always been something of a problem. It actually has two meanings – what is current or contemporary and “something that is done in a certain manner.” Nayeli and Riano at The Imaginative Conservative takes a stab at resolving the inherent tension between the two, using T.S. Eliot as a guide. And speaking of Eliot, Scott Beauchamp at Law & Liberty has an essay on Eliot and rediscovering home, which for the poet was first St. Louis.

We’ve been watching the “World on Fire” mini-series on PBS, the story of World War II in Europe in roughly 1939 and 1940 told from the perspectives of several different characters. One of the characters is an American journalist in Berlin, whose broadcasts home have to pass the Nazi censor. The neighbors in her apartment house are German, with a son in Poland and a young daughter who is epileptic. Coincidentally, this week marked the 80th anniversary of the Nazi T4 centers, which euthanized Germans with disabilities. Matt Lebovic at The Time of Israel has the story.

More Good Reads


Two Poems – Joseph Brodsky at Literary Hub.

The Pilot and Other Poems – Bruce Dale Wise at Society of Classical Poets.

No Words – Paul Hughes at Poet and Priest.

High Windows – A.F. Moritz at Literary Matters.

British Stuff

The Buildings of Smithfield Market – A London Inheritance.


A Brutal Lament – D. Blair Smith at Tabletalk.

Giving in a Time of Scarcity – Charity Singleton Craig at Redbud Writers Guild.

Keep Christianity Weird – Jake Meador at Mere Orthodoxy.

Critique Gently, Encourage Fiercely – Scott Sauls at For the Church.

Life and Culture

The Moment in Race Relations That Keeps Repeating Itself – Angela Alaimo O’Donnell at Church Life Journal.

Failing in a Pandemic – Alex Sosler at Front Porch Republic.

Writing and Literature

The Mind of the Moralist: Samuel Johnson, first among equals – Algis Valiunas at Claremont Review of Books.

Improve Your Writing by Getting Back to Basics – Ann Kroeker, Writing Coach.

American Stuff


The master's hand: a treasured Vermeer gives up its secrets – Nancy Kenney at The Art Newspaper. 

Gentle on My Mind – The Petersons

Painting: A man reading, oil on canvas by Vaino Hamalainen (1876-1940).

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