Civilized Reader

What Are You Reading This Summer? Excellent Drivel

by Sean Fitzpatrick

Reading in the dog days should never be dogged reading. Just as summer is for recreation, so also is it for…

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Paper or Plasma? How Are You Reading This Summer?

by Sean Fitzpatrick

Summertime is a favorite time for some favorite reading—but in these times, and in these summers, the issue is not…

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“Spring and Fall” Under an Old Ash Tree

by Sean Fitzpatrick

As we cross the solar border into summer, many may remark that this past spring was not very spring-like. With…

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Heathen Holiness: Padraic Colum’s Nordic Gods and Heroes

by Sean Fitzpatrick

Winter is the season for readers. Bitter cold and polar darkness drive people beneath quilts and by hearthsides where the book…

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Rip Van Winkle and the American Phantasy

by Sean Fitzpatrick

The ghosts that haunt the lonely corners of the globe have ever managed to play an uncanny and incalculable role in…

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What Are You Reading This Summer?

by Sean Fitzpatrick

The return of summertime every year often recalls the years that will never return: the golden days of youth. The energy,…

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The Birds: When the Wind Changes Overnight

by Sean Fitzpatrick

For all their disagreements, scientific fact and science fiction are in agreement concerning the viral quality of fear. Men tend to…

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Oedipus the Detective

by Sean Fitzpatrick

The murder mystery is as old as murder. When the blood of Abel cried out for justice, the all-seeing Judge took…

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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, then 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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