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Ideas for books based on today’s readings from Magnificat, Part One

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New from Angelico Press

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Friend of Korrektiv Joshua Hren’s book of short stories, This Our Exile, has just been issued by Angelico Press. Also available at Amazon and better bookstores everywhere!

And not only that, but his book on Tolkien, Middle-earth and the Return of the Common Good: J.R.R. Tolkien and Political Philosophy, will be published through Cascade Books.

Congratulations, Joshua!

Everybody Knows

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Everybody knows the devil is a liar
Until he starts in calling out your tune
Everybody knows there’s danger in desire
Until you’re caught beneath that laughing moon
You never see the mine until it blows
Cuz you don’t know what everybody knows

Everybody knows forever is a daydream
And love’s a ghost who’s only passing through
A man just like a deer caught in the highbeam
A woman waiting on the words “I do”
He asks and she says yes and so it goes
Cuz they don’t know what everybody knows

But someone told the truth and shamed the devil
And someone bound love with a band of gold
And to answer any charge you’d care to level
They’ll repeat the sweetest story ever told
This world holds more beauty than it shows
And no one knows what everybody knows

How the Malaise Happens in Wisconsin…

We call it the Mørketid around here, though.

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Spinning along the highway in this bright little beetle…

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“My little red MG, however, is an exception to the rule. It is a miserable vehicle actually, with not a single virtue save one: it is immune to the malaise.”
— Walker Percy, The Moviegoer

Easter Island Humor

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Sign of the Times (Gone By)

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Ripe fruit left hanging on a tree: a sure sign that your children are not spending as much time at home as they used to.

Is Pope Francis a Heretic?

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Hey, I’m just asking a question. Kidding! Actually, it’s Marist priest Fr. James L. Heft, head of the Institute for Advanced Catholic Studies at the University of Southern California, who is asking — and presumably answering — that question as part of the Institute’s Condon Lecture series. Friends of Korrektiv will no doubt recall the mini-Summit – JOB, Angelico, yours truly — held at the Institute’s conference on the Future of the Catholic Literary Imagination a couple of years back, when Wiseblood’s Joshua “Feather Pen” Hren stood up in the middle of Tobias Wolff’s talk and said, “Me. I’m the future of the Catholic literary imagination.” Notice was, as they say, served.*

Anyway, I’m guessing Fr. Heft’s answer is going to be firmly in the negative, but I did thrill to see the word “heretic” in such a rarefied setting.

Dept. of Rejected New Yorker Cartoons, New Editor Edition

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Well, The New Yorker got a new cartoon editor, so to celebrate, I sent a new cartoon.

Elsewhere

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Korrektiv is gearing up for a great and productive 2018. (It’s good to let publishing start-ups lie fallow every few years, planting only word-fixing crops like JOB’s poetry to replenish the creative urge.) In the meantime, Friend of Korrektiv and Wiseblood wizard Joshua “Word Bird” Hren has a new poem up over at First Things. Read it, and then raise your hand if you had to look up “numinous” to make sure you had it right. Now raise your hand if you had to look up “logikēn latreian.” Søren says, Raise your hand.