The new issue of An Unexpected Journal has just been published, and it’s full of good articles and poetry. This issue is devoted to the writing of Holly Ordway, visiting professor of Apologetics at Houston Baptist University and the author of the recently published Tolkien’s Modern Reading (my review is here.) Authors of the articles include Michael Ward, Annie Nardone, Zak Schmoll, Donald Catchings, Joseph Pearce, and more. Everything is excellent.
If you’re old enough to remember Crime Story, Hill Street Blues, and Cageny & Lacey, you may not realize that the decade of the 1980s was a Golden Age for crime TV shows, says Howard Michael Gould at CrimeReads.
My wife has often said that the timing of the first installment of Peter Jackson’s The Fellowship of the Rings was something beyond coincidental. Samuel James at Insights agrees; he calls the film the most important movie of his lifetime.
More Good Reads
Life and Culture
Next Step for the Parents’ Movement: Curriculum Transparency – James Copland, John Ketcham, & Christopher Rufo at CityJournal.
The Night Roxy Stopped a Christmas Parade – Doug Spurling at Spurling Silver.
The Power of Humanism: Christopher Dawson on the Modern Age – Bradley Birzer at The Imaginative Conservative.
The Vaccine Moment, part two: On Symbol and Story – Paul Kingsnorth at The Abbey of Misrule.
Unprecedented: On the novelty of our cultural predicament – Michael Anton at New Criterion.
Social Activism and the New Testament – Andrew Koperski at Ad Fontes.
Blame It on Luther? – Carl Trueman at First Things Magazine.
Who Wrote Hebrews? Exploring a New Testament Mystery – David Mathis at Desiring God.
The Gospel of Jesus’ Wife Fiasco – Christian Askeland at Text and Canon Institute.
Your Online Life is Real Life – Chris Martin at Terms of Service.
Writing and Literature
The Curse of Englishness: Why Every British Thriller is Also a Black Comedy – Christopher Fowler at CrimeReads.
Music on Christmas Morning – Anne Brontë at Kingdom Poets (D.S. Martin).
Like a Child – Jerry Barrett at Gerald the Writer.
When Civil War Veterans Reenacted the Battles of Trenton and Princeton – Mark Maloy at Emerging Revolutionary War Era.
2nd Maine veteran funded the monument to his regiment – Brian Swartz at Emerging Civil War.
Welsh boy treble Cal Thomas sings Laudate Dominum
Painting: Woman Lying on a Bench with Her Dog, oil on canvas by Carl Larsson (1853-1919).