Civilized Reader

The Ugly Duckling by Hans Christian Andersen: A Tale of Resurrection

by Sean Fitzpatrick

Just as baptism and burial are seldom associated with one another, neither are a duckling and the Resurrection. The interconnectivity of…

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The House of Usher & the House of Poe: Celebrating 175 Years of Horror

by Sean Fitzpatrick

Edgar Allan Poe. Enigmatic. Eccentric. Erratic. Melancholic. Alcoholic. Neurotic. But above all else, Fantastic. Throughout his 40 tormented years of…

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The Legend of Sleepy Hollow by Washington Irving

by Sean Fitzpatrick

Be warned. As you read this, the demons are grinding the glorious creatures of folklore into distorted glorifications of the grotesque….

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Will Rascals Defend Our Civilization… and What Books will they Read?

by Dr. William Fahey

He faces execution each day.  Seven days a week, his jury of peers votes unanimously for capital punishment.  The judge’s…

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Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s The Complete Stories of Sherlock Holmes

by Sean Fitzpatrick

George Bernard Shaw wrote that “Sherlock Holmes was a drug addict without a single amiable trait,” and he was absolutely…

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The End of the Affair

by Dr. William Fahey

It is officially over. I should admit that publicly, shameful and embarrassing though it may be. It pains me to…

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