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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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Flannery O’Connor’s Revelation:
Daily Encounters with Grace and Ugliness

by Paul Guenzel

It must surely be marveled at how one and the same word—nay, one and the same concept—elicits such different reactions….

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The Ballad of Judas Iscariot and the Burden of Lent

by Sean Fitzpatrick

Lent is a burden and a blessing. It calls Catholics to crawl beneath the weight of themselves to the Cross of…

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The War of the Worlds and the Significance of Science Fiction

In 1938, the world was waiting for war. Germany had invaded Czechoslovakia. The United States was battling the Great Depression. The…

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The Phantom of the Opera by Gaston Leroux: Triumphant Tragedy

by Sean Fitzpatrick

All great literature is well written, but not all that is well written is great literature. In other words, there are…

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Hawthorne’s Young Goodman Brown: The American Nightmare

by Sean Fitzpatrick

The surrender to sin in America is a species of Satanism. Whether through seduction or submission, depravity is the mantra of…

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“Re: Vampires” by John H. Watson, M.D.

by Sean Fitzpatrick

NB: The circumstances surrounding my access to this manuscript are of such moment that their publication is impossible. Those involved…

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The Spectre Bridegroom and the Immortal Love for Ghost Stories

by Sean Fitzpatrick

It was a dark and stormy night… Besides “Once upon a time,” this storytelling opening has no equal. Is there any…

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On Mowgli and Tarzan: Savage Reading for Civilized Readers

by Sean Fitzpatrick

Despite the incorrigible march of civilization, there will always be an inborn appeal for feral fantasies. The howls of Romulus and…

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The Unsolved Mystery of Mr. Dickens

by Sean Fitzpatrick

June 9, 1870. Charles Dickens sat writing at his desk. He had been laboring more than was his custom on his…

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Squirrel Nutkin and the Art of Mischief

by Sean Fitzpatrick

Running up and down Yggdrasil, the Tree of trees of Nordic lore, goes Ratatösk the Squirrel. Up and down Yggdrasil Ratatösk…

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The Prisoner of Zenda by Anthony Hope: Escape From Cynicism

by Sean Fitzpatrick

Are you a prisoner of cynicism? In a godless world where men tend to hedge their bets on man before…

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Don Quixote and the Via Dolorosa

by Sean Fitzpatrick

Times there are when readers will find books spiritual that were written with no intention of being spiritual books. The subconscious…

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Trent’s Last Case by E. C. Bentley: First Among Mysteries?

by Sean Fitzpatrick

London, 1936. Gilbert Keith Chesterton was dead, leaving the President’s Chair of the Detection Club vacant. Under deep mourning, the…

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GKC’s The Napoleon of Notting Hill: How to Be a Catholic Lunatic

by Sean Fitzpatrick

America stands in need of a new revolution to free itself from the tyranny of bureaucracy and the ensuing slavery of…

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