St. George’s Day

Sir Peter Paul Rubens, dragonslayer, George of Lydda

Today is the feast of St. George. Enjoy G.K. Chesterton’s ballad of the Redcrosse knight below and, for more on the history of the real George’s life and martyrdom, see this great piece from the Kuyperians.

“The Englishman”

St George he was for England
And before he killed the dragon
He drank a pint of English ale
Out of an English flagon.
For though he fast right readily
In hair-shirt or in mail,
It isn’t safe to give him cakes
Unless you give him ale. Continue reading


Short Review: Orient Express

A short review of Graham Greene’s Orient Express (aka Stamboul Train in UK):

Graham Greene Stamboul Train cover art penguin publishing

Greene wrote in one introduction to the book, “for the first and last time in my life I deliberately set out to write a book to please, one which with luck might be made into a film.” He succeeded, and Stamboul Train/Orient Express established him as a novelist. It is a satisfying”entertainment” that uses the train setting Continue reading

Some Unmissable C.S. Lewis Bargains

I usually don’t bother blogging these tips, but over a dozen C.S. Lewis ebooks are on sale over at Amazon–all $2.99–and considering the selection, it seemed worth the ink.

Some of the gems among the discounted works:
C.S. Lewis on stories and other essays on literature

On Stories: And Other Essays On Literature

C.S. Lewis e-book, free till we have faces

Till We Have Faces: A Myth Retold

C.S. Lewis reflections on the psalms discount e-book

Reflections On The Psalms

The other sale titles: Continue reading

Short Review: The New Historicism

A short review of The New Historicism (edited by H. Aram Veeser):


This volume collects essays from a handful of prominent New Historicist critics and really does provide a good representative sampling of a ‘school’ notorious for resisting classification. Generally, the approach to literature is rhetorically and intellectually dishonest (essentially because being a 21st century Marxist is like being a follower of that crazy pastor who Continue reading