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  1. John Herreid

    Karl Schmude at The University Bookman has a new interview with Piers Paul Read, author of The Death of a Pope (and many other novels). Read is characteristically thoughtful and insightful in his comments about working as a writer, handling Catholic themes in contemporary literature, the hostility of modern culture… Read more »

    Tags: author interviews Catholic writers Piers Paul Read writing

  2. A Message from Fr. Joseph Fessio, S.J.

    April 22, 2015 12:44 pm 2 Comments

    Do You Ever Read Novels? That’s a Yes or No question. Here are some thoughts on each possible answer: No? Well, you should. Or if that sounds too moralistic: reading good novels can make you a better, happier person, a “new self and nobler me” (Hopkins). Really? Why? The reasons… Read more »

    Tags: Fr. Joseph Fessio novels writing

  3. James Casper

    Chesterton around the Corner

    April 7, 2015 11:08 am Leave a Comment

    By the time I graduated from Loyola High School in Minnesota, I had read almost everything G.K. Chesterton had written. Not long after, at St. Louis University, I found myself in the office of Dr. Edward Sarmiento as he shared the story of publishing a poem in G.K.’s Weekly years… Read more »

    Tags: Everywhere in Chains G.K. Chesterton Stratford Caldecott writing

  4. James Casper

    The Past is a Foreign Country

    March 19, 2015 1:06 pm 3 Comments

    Much we know about the world would be lost were it not for artistic renderings of the past. Memories otherwise would seldom outlive those who remember. Eamon Duffy’s The Stripping of the Altars forced professional historians and casual readers alike to revise assessments of the Catholic religion in England in… Read more »

    Tags: Evelyn Waugh G.K. Chesterton George Bernard Shaw Latin T.S. Eliot writing

  5. Good Catastrophes, Part 2

    March 4, 2015 3:13 pm 1 Comment

      What makes for vibrant Catholic literature? Is there something missing in Catholic literature today? A lively discussion on the subject has been unfolding over the past two years. Paul Elie started the discussion with a 2012 piece arguing that we are seeing a decline in serious engagement with faith…. Read more »

    Tags: Catholic literature Catholic writers Dana Gioia eucatastrophe Evelyn Waugh Gregory Wolfe J.R.R. Tolkien Roger Thomas writing

  6. John Herreid

    Creativity Is Work

    January 9, 2015 3:54 pm 6 Comments

    I’m fortunate. Much of my day job includes creative work, including graphic design, illustration, and writing. So even when I don’t have time at the end of the day to work on personal projects, I usually still had some small bit of creative work to look back on. (The unfortunate… Read more »

    Tags: creativity design work process writing

  7. Ignatius Press Novels

    An Interview with T. M. Doran

    November 13, 2014 7:16 pm Leave a Comment

    T. M. Doran’s third novel from Ignatius Press, Iota, has just been published. The story of a man imprisoned by the Communist Russian “liberators” of Prague following World War II, Iota has been hailed as a dark and gripping exploration of themes such as conscience, guilt, complicity, and innocence. It… Read more »

    Tags: author interviews Iota T.M. Doran writing

  8. James Casper

    The Forty-Year Challenge

    October 16, 2014 5:51 pm 1 Comment

    Not long ago, a former student asked me when I had first ‘gotten serious’ about writing stories. This, of course, is a ‘loaded’ question, and so I replied that I no longer remembered. At my age, now seventy-three, you can get away with evasions like that. In truth, it was… Read more »

    Tags: creative process creativity Everywhere in Chains James Casper writing

  9. Fear: The Inspiration Killer

    September 25, 2014 11:39 am 3 Comments


    Criticism. We all hate it. For those of you who say you ‘love’ it…. well, you’re lying or you’re a weirdo. By ‘love’ it, you probably mean that it helps you improve/grow/better yourself etc. But no one enjoys hearing that their creative work has issues or is just plain bad. This is where pride and fear enter in. Fear is the devil’s ultimate inspiration killer. Read more »

    Tags: facing fears writing

  10. T. M. Doran

    The Creative Seed

    July 15, 2014 11:48 am Leave a Comment

    When we encounter the works of Dickens, Waugh, Eliot, and O’Connor; Beethoven, Mozart, and Tchaikovsky; Da Vinci, Rembrandt, and Picasso, we are amazed at the abundance of creativity, far surpassing that of “mere mortals”, art so sublime, so beautiful, so moving, that we can only marvel at it. So why… Read more »

    Tags: art creativity writing

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