Reading, May 2020

Robinson Crusoe, Daniel Defoe

The Tempest, William Shakespeare

Père Goriot, Honoré de Balzac

The Prince, Niccolò Machiavelli

Season of Migration to the North, Tayeb Salih

Mansfield Park, Jane Austen

A Midsummer Night’s Dream, William Shakespeare

On Papal Authority

Authority is natural and organic. Thus attempts to deplore and destroy authority – aka modernism – will invariably lead to the societal cesspool we all get to enjoy daily.  The pope has some degree of authority over Christians.  When a pope is a crummy pope, there are many possible noble and considered responses available to the individual Christian.  But one really horrible way for an individual Christian to act is by deploring and destroying the legitimate authority of the pope. Doubling down on modernity to destroy modernity is foolish. The Ring must be destroyed.

Reading, April 2020

The Canons and Decrees of the Council of Trent, translated by Rev. H. J. Schroeder

De Controversiis: On the Roman Pontiff, Vol. I: Books 1 & 2, St. Robert Bellarmine, S. J. translated from the Latin by Ryan Grant

On Charity to the the Poor, St. John Chrysostom

The Proslogion,  St. Anselm of Canterbury, Doctor of the Church

Romeo and Juliet, William Shakespeare

The Tennis Handsome, Barry Hannah  (DO NOT READ)

The Ghost Writer, Phillip Roth

On Unfreedom

All sane, normal folks you’d want dating your children and taking your dog for a walk believe that political freedom is really REALLY important.  Sure freedom loving Conservative Charlie thinks freedom is rad! – except for porn or blasphemy and such. Those things should not be “free.”  Liberal Leisure Suit Larry also thinks freedom is the bees’ knees! – except when race car drivers jokingly say the n word. That should not be free and those folks should be imprisoned under the sea.  So clearly all normal, sane, happy shiny people support freedom. They just disagree on the unfreedoms. And, interestingly, it is these very unfreedoms which define of sorts the freedom folks.

Its almost as if unfreedom is what’s really important.