New Dappled Things Released

The SS. Peter & Paul 2011 edition of Dappled Things has just been released today, featuring prose, poetry, and artwork that you don’t want to miss. Our offerings include a timely exchange between Villanova professor Robert T. Miller and John C. Medaille, author of Towards a Truly Free Market, in which they discuss which economic system, capitalism or distributism (the economic philosophy famously advocated by G.K. Chesterton), is most compatible with a Catholic understanding of the good life. If our troubled times have ever made you wonder about the economy, these dueling articles by Miller and Medaille should be required reading.

But it’s not all about the economy, stupid. The new edition is also thick with short stories, poems, artwork, and even a brilliant short play, that touch on themes far more important than money. Take Rosemary Callenberg’s “Dust,” in which she depicts, with unnerving realism, the inner life of a married couple struggling between hope and an encroaching sense of futility:

Ellen nodded, but didn’t say anything. They continued eating without speaking. When she finished, she carried her plate over to the sink and paused to look out the window. That was when she noticed the kitchen was dusty, too. It lay more thickly here, on the windowsill and the angel statue that stood over the sink. It covered even the leaves of the houseplant in the corner. Somehow that was the most depressing; that even this living, growing thing gathered a layer of dead dust. She blew gently on the leaves, but most of it stayed put. Grabbing a paper towel from the rack beside the sink, she moistened a corner and dabbed at it. A few leaves came off in her hand. She hadn’t remembered to water it lately. She crumpled them and threw them in the trash, suddenly angry.

Then there are poems like Ron McFarland’s “My Favorite Deadly Sin” and David Athey’s “Celestialness” that draw one to contemplate, by turns, the dark and light that meet in human existence.

Subscribers will enjoy all this and much more in a gorgeously printed edition that will at once adorn your mind and your coffee table. If you haven’t done so yet, we invite you to subscribe now.


  1. Thanks for the shout out! Let us know what you think about the issue.

  2. Chuirchill says

    It sounds interesting, and the extract reminded me to water the plant. I’ll subscribe when I get some money today. At the moment, I only have enough for food. But does online subscription mean you read online or get sent copies?

  3. And I’d share on facebook, but for the catholic connection. The cover is excellent.

  4. Although, is hand perfect?

  5. Jonathan Webb says

    Where can money be gotten? Let us know and we’ll all fly to England and get some. Is it under something?

  6. Jonathan,

    Beat me to the punch. I was going to send something up – and not even mention the fact that I had a poem in this issue.


    Coincidentally, last night we were entertaining guests whose in laws were relatives of cover and inside artist – the late Carl Schmitt. (Also, at TAC I was rather on good terms with one of his nephews (a genius on the piano I might add.).) Gorgeous issue, per usual, and I should say heftier too, which is always a good sign.


    Sometimes you have to make a few omelettes to break some eggs.

    Jonathan W.,

    Actually, didn’t you hear? Word has it that they don’t use money over there anymore. Apparently, they’ve converted to a Hobbesian transaction model – its kind of like the barter system and from all I’ve heard it’s rather working out fine. All’s you do is this: break some glass and you have the choice of a brand new TV, jeans, kitchenware, you name it. I seem to recall that Vancouver experimented with a similiar system for a short while, too. But those Canadians just don’t have staying power, when it comes down to it.


  7. Jonathan Webb says

    Canadians are pikers.

  8. There’s different kinds of staying power.

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