David Kern Aug 19, 2013

Anyone who regularly reads contemporary fiction surely has encountered the trend of the time traveling novel – stories that zig-zag between different eras and epochs, challenging our notions of narrative structure, even subverting them at times. Such novels are, seemingly, a dime-a-dozen and too often, for all their narrative creativity, they lack the elements that make for a truly memorable work of fiction: dynamic and vividly drawn characters whose struggles and achievements the reader can feel nearly as dramatically as her own.

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David M. Wright Aug 16, 2013

[Editor's Note: This is the first edition of a new weekly feature wherein we will be contemplating a single work of poetry or a portion of a poem. The tone of these posts will vary, ranging from academic to informal, but will always be driven by a deep and abiding love of poetry. We hope you enjoy and, please, join the conversation!]

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David Kern Aug 16, 2013

For the weekend crowd, this is a sampling of what we've been reading this week.

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David Kern Aug 15, 2013

The first time I spent a summer in Wisconsin I was eight, and I rode the upper western half of America in an eighteen-wheeler full of cherries and apples.

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David Kern Aug 13, 2013

Yesterday Rod Dreher reflected briefly on Lee Siegel's lengthy July essay in the Wall Street Journal, "Who Ruined the Humanities?" in a post called "Against High School Literature" and it's right up the CiRCE-reader alley. He offers this from Siegel: 

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Brian Phillips Aug 12, 2013

Note: This article was originally posted in December of 2011.  Matt Bianco's review of "The Little Way of Ruthie Leming" inspired this repost.  Thank you, Matt.

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Brian Phillips Aug 12, 2013

"When it comes to kids, people just don't think about happiness enough these days. They think about success.  They think in comparisons.  They think about milestones, graduations and shiny trophies...

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Matthew Bianco Aug 12, 2013

Over the last few years, I've read several books that seem to be beckoning me to home. Almost any of Wendell Berry's books, especially the one I've read most recently, Jayber Crow, will stir your thoughts to home and community. In June, I attended the CiRCE Summer Institute's inaugural retreat, where we read and discussed Homer's The Odyssey.

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David M. Wright Aug 12, 2013

“Suddenly, right before their eyes, look, a potent marvel destined to shape the future!”
The Aeneid, Book V. ll. 575-6

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David Kern Aug 9, 2013

For the weekend crowd, this is a sampling of what we've been reading this week. 

  • From CiRCE friend and longtime conference speaker, Martin Cothran: 

The Wrong Way to Sell the Church's Position on Homosexuality

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