Loathing and Hopelessness, Juice and Joy: Gerard Manley Hopkins’ Secret Sorrow

"Outwardly I think I am employed to what is of no or little use," Gerard Manley Hopkins wrote in his journal just months before his death. "I was continuing this train of thought this evening when I began to enter on that course of loathing and hopelessness which I have so often felt before..." I … Continue reading Loathing and Hopelessness, Juice and Joy: Gerard Manley Hopkins’ Secret Sorrow

The Mars Hill Audio Journal: Where All Things Considered Meets God

It's been described as "heady, extraordinary."  It's where I first heard about Sigrid Undset's Kristin Lavransdatter and P.D. James' The Children of Men.  I discovered Alan Jacobs had written a biography of C.S. Lewis by listening, added it to my wishlist and gratefully received The Narnian: The Life and Imagination of C.S. Lewis for Christmas that year.  It's also … Continue reading The Mars Hill Audio Journal: Where All Things Considered Meets God

Links to Booklist Builders for a Still-Incomplete Education

My Grandma Ted was a working class woman. Her husband was a textile factory loom fixer and she was a secretary.  They raised my mom and uncle, scraping for every cent. A whiz at shorthand, Grandma's boss once asked her to take notes at a business meeting at an expensive hotel. When she went to the … Continue reading Links to Booklist Builders for a Still-Incomplete Education