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  1. Novels Like a Ship in a Bottle

    May 8, 2018 1:49 pm Leave a Comment

    One of these days the person standing in front of you at the convenience store, at Starbucks, at the post office, or just about anywhere two or more are gathered will tell you he has just finished writing a novel. Hearing this, a woman standing behind you will reveal that… Read more »

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  2. Is Realistic Catholic Fiction a Unicorn?

    December 15, 2017 9:42 am 2 Comments

    The accusation of blasphemy, at times directed at Christ, recorded in the Gospels, has long been directed at writers of Catholic fiction attempting to be realistic. Christ was a realist about his times and the world in which he mingled. He could also at times seem idealistic, e.g. in The… Read more »

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  3. John Herreid

    Detective fiction and mystery novels have a long pedigree in the Catholic world. This may seem strange: Catholic and Christian authors writing about murder and crime? What’s up with that? Yet when you look at the long list of detective fiction writers, you’ll find many prominent names among them: G.K…. Read more »

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  4. T. M. Doran

    Every writer brings a perspective to his or her creative work, but there’s a difference between bringing a perspective to storytelling and using storytelling as a means to impose the author’s views on the reader. With thousands of radio and television shows and an unfettered Internet, the commercial and cultural… Read more »

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  5. Soup Bones and Novels

    February 3, 2016 4:48 pm 1 Comment

    Old Mother Hubbard Went to the cupboard To get her poor dog a bone; But when she came there The cupboard was bare, And so the poor dog had none. —Mother Goose When we sold our Minnesota home and moved to England, I was working on a revision of a… Read more »

    Tags: novels The Far End of the Park writing

  6. James Casper

    The Catholic Novelist As Peddler in Bleak Midwinter

    January 27, 2016 1:35 pm Leave a Comment

    A cold coming we had of it, Just the worst time of the year For a journey, and such a long journey: The ways deep and the weather sharp, The very dead of winter. —T. S. Eliot, Journey of the Magi Outside the church after Mass, beyond perfunctory handshakes, breaths… Read more »

    Tags: Catholicism Everywhere in Chains writing

  7. John Herreid


    October 16, 2015 9:14 am 4 Comments

    An envelope arrived in the mail a month or so ago. I didn’t recognize the name on the return address, M. Kunin. Opening it, I realized who it was from: my father had jokingly written the name of the former governor of Vermont on the return address. Inside was a… Read more »

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  8. John Herreid

    From an eccentric book I came across online, The Walking-Stick Papers by Robert Cortes Holliday, comes this vivid short portrait of G.K. Chesterton as a young man. Holliday, an American writer, decided to visit England and wrote to a number of authors to arrange meetings. Here is his account of… Read more »

    Tags: G.K. Chesterton writing

  9. Sincerity in a Nuns’ Cemetery

    August 21, 2015 1:19 pm 2 Comments

      The Vale of Rest, a painting by John Everett Millais, 1858-59 No quality in art and fiction writing is more elusive and perplexing than sincerity. No cemetery is quieter than one where nuns lie buried. No school memories are richer or more compelling than those the Sisters left for… Read more »

    Tags: art Da Vinci Code Fifty Shades sincerity writing

  10. James Casper

    Graham Greene’s Cobbled Road from St. Mary’s

    July 28, 2015 3:48 pm 3 Comments

    Graham Greene, often mentioned in these pages, had a troubled and chaotic relationship with the Catholic faith to which he converted the year before his marriage, so much so that his motives for conversion have even been questioned. At the same time, more than any writer of his day, he… Read more »

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