Good literature can be informative and entertaining, but it can also give you insights into the current moment, even if the literature in question is more than 150 years old. Timothy Noah at The New Republic writes about Sam Bankman-Fried, he of the FTX crypto-currency scandal, and how Charles Dickens had his number.
Did you know that actor Paul Newman wrote poetry? You can read one of his poems, and a bit of the backstory, at The Nation.
Dan Doriani is a professor of theology at Covenant Theological Seminary here in St. Louis. Before that, he was the pastor at our church. In an article for Crossway, he considers the nativity story, and takes a look at the magi. Who were they, and why did they worship Jesus?
Merry Christmas to all, and God bless us, every one!
More Good Reads
Life and Culture
How race politics liberated the elites – Matthew Crawford at UnHerd.
C.S. Lewis’ “Old Western Men” – Bradley Birzer at The Imaginative Conservative.
Melchizedek & the Loins – Matthew Hosier at Think Theology.
A Gentle Reformation Update – Barry York at Gentle Reformation.
A Christmas Selection Box – Seth Lewis.
What Your Nativity Really Means – Pierce Taylor Hibbs at Westminster Magazine.
Noel: Christmas Eve 1913 – Robert Bridges at Kingdom Poets (D.S. Martin).
All the Ways You Can Stay – Wall Chamberlain at Front Porch Republic.
Dig It Up Again: A century of The Waste Land – Ryan Ruby at Poetry Foundation.
On Bosch’s ‘The Garden of Earthly Delights’ Triptych – Jeffrey Essman at Society of Classical Poets.
Three Poems by Robert Walser, translated by Daniele Pantano – at Literary Hub.
Heaven and Nature Sing: Handel’s Messiah – Jeffrey Gedmin at American Purpose.
Artúr mac Áedáin of Dál Riata and his time – Marco Mazzi at English Historical Fiction Authors.
Writing and Literature
Charles Dickens partied HARD after finishing A Christmas Carol in just six weeks – Jonny Diamond at Literary Hub.
1862 Christmas: “Despite the Present Distress” – Sarah Kay Bierle at Emerging Civil War.
O Holy Night – Josh Groban
Painting: Old Man Reading a Book, oil on canvas by Joseph Malachy Kavanagh (1856-1918).