It’s not fashionable these days to read the classics, when universities are dumping Western Civilization courses and it’s possible to get a degree in English literature without having even glanced at a play by Shakespeare. But there’s a reason why the classics endure; they speak to timeless truths even if their authors weren’t on Twitter or Facebook. Take my favorite poet, T.S. Eliot, for example. Douglas Murray at Standpoint Magazine explains why Eliot still matters – he speaks to what can be saved from the ruins. And Kay Clarity at The Imaginative Conservative describes how Eliot transcends the temporal.
It was lost in all the other news this week, but The New Yorker printed a previously unpublished story by Ernest Hemingway, entitled “Pursuit as Happiness.” In the same issue, Hemingway’s grandson talks about the story and his grandfather’s archive.
We’ve all experienced it at the grocery store – something you took for granted suddenly disappeared during the coronavirus lockdown. Jake Edmiston at the Financial Post explains what happened to a particular snack food, investigating the mysterious case of the missing Cool Ranch Doritos. It explains a lot about manufacturers’ supply chains.
More Good Reads
Water and Fire – Miho Nonaka at Kingdom Poets.
Southern Icarus and Other Poems – Michael Burch at The Chained Muse.
Wife’s Disaster Manual – Deborah Paradez at Literary Hub.
A Liturgy for a Time of Widespread Suffering – Doug McKelvey at The Rabbit Room.
The Queen’s London – at A London Inheritance.
The Search for the Elusive Arthur – Tim Walker at English Historical Fiction Authors.
Writing and Literature
Flannery O’Connor and Jack Black – Emile Doak at Front Porch Republic.
Fiction in America: What Does One Call It? – Robert McDowell at The Hudson Review.
Life and Culture
My expert opinion – Alan Jacobs at Snakes and Ladders.
Peter Jackson’s LOTR Was an Improbable Miracle, and We’re Lucky to Have It – Jim Vorel at Paste Magazine.
The Eerie Similarities Between the Start of the 20th Century and Today – Matthew Carr at CrimeReads.
Government Song Women: The forgotten folk collectors of the New Deal – Sheryl Kaskowitz at National Endowment of the Humanities.
Missouri: Images of the Show-Me State – Alan Taylor at The Atlantic.
COVID-19, Racism, Rioting, and the Exposure of Our Fears – Jordan Standridge at The Cripplegate.
Rediscovering Martha – Jennie Pollock at Think Theology.
A Statement About Statements – Here’s where it gets real – Rev. Mitchell Lee at Echoes of the Myth.
Celtic Worship | In Christ Alone (Stuart Townend & Keith Getty)
Painting: Woman Reading in an Interior, oil on canvas by Charles Francois Pecrus (1826-1907).