The Great Misgiving

As I’ve mentioned before, Robert Frost is the patron saint of this blog. You know who that is, don’t you? Sure you do. Everyone’s read “The Road Not Taken,” whether they wanted to or not. That poem’s a staple of middle-school English classes since Frost’s own lifetime. I always liked pomes growing up. I might’veContinue reading “The Great Misgiving”

Welcome to Lovecraft Country

Most folks who know him will say that my father-in-law is a fairly well-read guy. He’s the president of a small Great Books college here in New Hampshire. He went to the University of St. Andrews in Scotland, which my sources tell me is a pretty good school, before earning his Ph.D from the CatholicContinue reading “Welcome to Lovecraft Country”

Confessions of a Catholic Puritan

If I’d been alive in the 17th century, I probably would’ve been a Jansenist. Not that I’m bragging or anything. That’s just the way it is; I’m at peace with the fact. My thinking naturally tends toward a kind of anti-rationalism that borders on irrationalism. I’m a convert to Catholicism, but mine was a conversionContinue reading “Confessions of a Catholic Puritan”