Civilized Reader

The Writing Is on the Web

by Sean Fitzpatrick

With the unfolding of spring comes a renewed awareness and appreciation for life. It is peculiar, though, how the observation of…

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The Divine Tragedy of Achilles

by Sean Fitzpatrick

As the heroes of The Iliad are slain in blood, Homer gives each of them an epitaph in poetry, that they may die…

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Learning by Light and Darkness: A Review of A Lantern in Her Hand

by Paul Prezzia

If philosophy is a preparation for death, as Socrates says, than the same can be said of education, at least…

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The Vampyre Bicentennial: Should Catholics Be Wary?

by Sean Fitzpatrick

Full disclosure: I have been scarred by vampiric literature. It happened when I was a boy. My mother learned of an…

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The Vulgar Morality of Tam o’ Shanter: A Tale by Robbie Burns

by Sean Fitzpatrick

January 25 marks the birthday of Robert Burns (1759-1796), the national poet of Scotland, and is observed worldwide with the Robbie Burns…

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Jungle Fever: Reading for the Heart of the Summer

by Sean Fitzpatrick

There is something distantly primal and tribal about summer, when sunny days and sultry nights seem to unconsciously conjure up the…

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Captain Blood and the Real Pirates of the Caribbean

by Sean Fitzpatrick

It was bound to happen. Even the venerable and visceral occupation of piracy has fallen to the vicissitudes of the movies….

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To Beatrix in the Shadows: Johnny Town-mouse After 100 Years

by Sean Fitzpatrick

One century ago, as the shadows of World War I were fading away, shadows were closing in on Beatrix. After nearly…

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A Tale of Two Cities: Read It Again for the First Time

by Sean Fitzpatrick

It is the best of tales, it is the worst of tales, it is for the age of foolishness, it is…

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The Virginian:
Encountering Manhood

by Paul Guenzel

What is manliness in relation to Christian virtue or societal influence? Is there any way to speak of authentic masculinity…

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The Affair Must Go On

by Sean Fitzpatrick

I find television very educating. Every time somebody turns on the set, I go into the other room and read a…

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10 Books That Every Boy Should Hazard

by Sean Fitzpatrick

Thanks to the adulterators of children’s literature, the natural anticipations when approaching forgotten classics have been skewed. Everyone expects that everything…

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Murder on the Orient Express and the Theology of Murder

by Sean Fitzpatrick

Et voilà. The cold corpse lay in Compartment #2 of the Orient Express, stabbed twelve times, no murder weapon, no obvious…

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A Study in Sherlock

by Sean Fitzpatrick

“I know well that I have it in me to make my name famous. No man lives or has ever…

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He Is Risen! Sherlock Holmes and the Mystery of Easter

by Sean Fitzpatrick

Eastertide, 1894 marked the resurrection of a famous figure besides Jesus Christ. Sherlock Holmes, supposed dead for three years following his…

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Scaramouche, Sabatini, and Spadassinicide

by Sean Fitzpatrick

Few are the stories that are vouched for by a lead sentence alone. It was the best of times, it was…

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Descending into the Chocolate Factory: Are Dahl’s Works Worth it?

by Sean Fitzpatrick

Every good child takes some pleasure in being bad. It is the perversity of human inheritance that forbidden fruit is fascinating….

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On Pilgrim’s Progress 

by Michael Yost

My dark and cloudy words, they do but hold The truth, as cabinets enclose the gold. —Pilgrim’s Progress A generation…

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The Loved One by Evelyn Waugh (Not for the Squeamish)

by Sean Fitzpatrick

When Evelyn Waugh came to Hollywood in 1947 to discuss the film rights for Brideshead Revisited, he visited a graveyard: Forest Lawn Memorial Park. He…

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Journeying to Calvary
with the Blessed Mother:
Lynch’s A Woman Wrapped in Silence

by Miriam Schroder

By Miriam Schroder, Class of 2017 This is God’s chosen way with men, To take men’s way: and so the…

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