Tag Archives: literature

A Walk in Willa Cather’s Prairie

26 Sep

Alex Ross provides a wonderful report-essay in the New Yorker on Willa Cather and the new National Willa Cather Center: A Walk in Willa Cather’s Prairie | The New Yorker

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As I Lay Dying: He is Risen Indeed

19 Apr

Beautiful reflections by Calvin College literature professor Jane Zwart on William Faulkner’s novel As I Lay Dying and Easter: As I Lay Dying: He is Risen Indeed – THE TWELVE

“FOR HATE IS STRONG AND MOCKS THE SONG”: A CIVIL WAR CHRISTMAS CAROL

19 Dec

I love Christmas carols and I would have a hard time choosing my favorite, but as a historian—and a specialist on the American Civil War, particularly—I have always been deeply moved by “I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day.”

Historian Robert Tracy McKenzie recounts the story of this Civil War Christmas carol in this post at his blog: “FOR HATE IS STRONG AND MOCKS THE SONG”: A CIVIL WAR CHRISTMAS CAROL | Faith and History

Bibliomania, the Dark Desire For Books That Infected Europe in the 1800s

5 Dec

Bibliomania? Book lovers and collectors in 19th-century Europe feared becoming a victim of the pseudo-illness.

As for me, I have managed to be cured–sort of: Bibliomania, the Dark Desire For Books That Infected Europe in the 1800s | Atlas Obscura

How J.R.R. Tolkien Found Mordor on the Western Front

1 Jul

Historian Joseph Loconte reminds us of the Battle of the Somme 100 years ago–and its effects on British officer J.R.R. Tolkien: How J.R.R. Tolkien Found Mordor on the Western Front – The New York Times

The Hidden Messages of Colonial Handwriting

9 May

Did you know that women used to have a recognizable “style” of writing? (See above.) Some fascinating historical perspective on handwriting is provided by Cara Giaimo at Atlas Obscura: The Hidden Messages of Colonial Handwriting | Atlas Obscura

I Will Love You in the Summertime – Christian Wiman

3 May

Here’s an obvious truth: I am somewhat ambivalent about religion—and not simply the institutional manifestations, which even a saint could hate, but sometimes, too many times, all of it, the very meat of it, the whole goddamned shebang. Here’s another: I believe that the question of faith—which is ultimately separable from the question of “religion”—is the single most important question that any person asks in and of her life, and that every life is an answer to this question, whether she has addressed it consciously or not.

So observes Christian Wiman in a profound essay on faith, poetry, children, etc. at: The American Scholar: I Will Love You in the Summertime – Christian Wiman

Enough Light

"In faith there is enough light for those who want to believe and enough shadows to blind those who don't." - Blaise Pascal

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"History is the record of our loves in all their magnificent and ignoble forms." Eugene McCarraher

The Way of Improvement Leads Home

"History is the record of our loves in all their magnificent and ignoble forms." Eugene McCarraher

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reflections at the intersection of American history, religion, politics, and academic life

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The website and blog of historian Chris Gehrz

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Thoughtful Conversation about the American West

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Thinking Christianly about the American Past

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