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Bach’s St. Matthew Passion

March 30, 2015

 

Lorenzo il Magnifico

March 30, 2015

DON VINCENZO writes:

Allow me to add one more encomium to the late Lawrence Auster on the second anniversary of his death. Coincidentally, Mr. Auster’s death preceded my mother’s by exactly one week, so in remembering her death, I automatically recall that of my late friend, too.

Like so many of his admirers, I came to know and appreciate Mr. Auster on the basis of his writing, an appeal that grew and matured as I came to know him better. I recall with some clarity the first time I wrote to his website, and his response that my contribution was unacceptable in its current form, which took me by surprise. But a lesson had been taught: Mr. Auster took what went on his website very seriously. My later contributions were carefully edited for form and clarity of expression. Read More »

 

A Sunday Outing

March 30, 2015

A READER writes:

I was thinking of Lawrence Auster this weekend when I took my boys out to lunch near my new apartment, which is in the Clarendon neighborhood of Arlington, Virginia. I admit this East Coast stuff is new to me, having recently moved here from overseas, but the scene I witnessed in this restaurant at 1 p.m. on a Sunday was really something to behold. Read More »

 

The Beheading of American Women

March 30, 2015

THE hysteria regarding all things feministic and racistic in the mainstream media has reached new levels of psychosis. Ideas contrary to the reigning orthodoxy are now believed to inflict emotional abuse or even torture.

As one example, I offer this review by Anthony Tommasini, music critic for The New York Times, in which he compares the “mental brutality” of Rush Limbaugh’s radio shows to the beheading of women by the Persian king in the tale of Scheherazade. No kidding. He actually does that. I would like to say Tommasini is an imbecile, appearing under the guise of the cultured aesthete. But that would be too kind. He appears to be off his rocker.

By the way, women are indeed being beheaded. They are being beheaded by feminist ideology, a great force for mediocrity and the dumbing down of the female mind.

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The Career of a Great Writer, cont.

March 30, 2015

STEPHEN I. writes:

On a purely personal level, I was very pleased indeed to learn that Lawrence Auster loved and studied both English literature and law as a young man as those were my own two courses of undergraduate study at university. In the case of the former discipline, it was and remains my consuming passion – whilst the latter provided me with a living for almost 30 years. Not a great link to a great man but, then again, better than no link at all. Read More »

 

Screen Babies

March 30, 2015

ACCORDING to The Wall Street Journal, two- to four-year-olds watch an average of 25 hours of TV per week. Now television producers are aiming at the younger market, creating programming for children as young as six months old.

This is not surprising. There is nothing — nada — to prevent commercial interests in America from exploiting and corrupting children. We’re living in the sort of dystopian screen environment depicted by Ray Bradbury in Fahrenheit 451

 

Palm Sunday in Pre-Reformation England

March 29, 2015

 

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York Minster

IT’S hard for us to imagine today, in an age of barren, stripped-down worship and liturgical heresies, just how powerful, emotionally charged, solemn, festive and dramatic the observance of Palm Sunday, the commemoration of Jesus Christ’s triumphal entrance into Jerusalem, was in the Middle Ages.

In his great work, The Stripping of the Altars: Traditional Religion in England, 1400-1580, Eamon Duffy describes Palm Sunday in pre-Reformation England:

The Palm Sunday procession was by the end of the Middle Ages the most elaborate and eloquent of the processions of the Sarum rite, with the possible exception of the Sarum rite. The parish Mass began as usual with the blessing and sprinkling of holy water. Immediately that had been done the story of Christ’s entry into Jerusalem and greeting by the crowds with palms was read from St. John’s Gospel. The priest then blessed flowers and green branches, which were called palms but were usually yew, box, or willow. The palms were distributed and clergy and people processed out of the church, led by a painted wooden cross without a figure. The procession moved to a large cross erected in the churchyard, normally on the north side of the building at its east end, the choir singing a series of anthems recapitulating the biblical story of Palm Sunday (Pl. 3). Read More »

 

May Perpetual Light Shine Upon Lawrence Auster

March 29, 2015

 

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The tomb of the Count of Urgell at The Cloisters Museum

“JOURNEY” is a much abused and over-used word. So much so that it is almost impossible to use it today without conjuring a New-Agey binge of self worship. But, on the second anniversary of the death of the formidable writer Lawrence Auster, I am drawn to think of his journey.

He was born in New Jersey in 1949. He was born at the right time and at the wrong time. He was constantly at odds with his surroundings. Read More »

 

Profiteering and the “Campus Rape Culture”

March 27, 2015

WENDY McELROY writes about the movie, The Hunting Ground: 

Political careers, administrative jobs, government grants, book and lecture contracts are just some of vast financial benefits that rest upon continuing the “rape culture” crusade on campus.

The Hunting Ground offers a rare glimpse into what may be a subtle “other financial benefit.”  Read More »

 

The Great White Paradox

March 27, 2015

“This, then, is the great white paradox: Whites claim to adore “diversity,” but they make every effort to avoid it. They make every important decision in their lives — where to live, whom to marry, where to send their children to school, whom to choose as friends, which church to attend — as if it were made for racial reasons, but deny that race had anything to do with it. As one wag put it, in their mating and migratory habits, liberals are no different from members of the Ku Klux Klan.”

                 — Jared Taylor, A Race Against Time: Racial Heresies for the 21st Century (p. 325)

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At Least It’s Not Tap Dance

March 27, 2015

 

The Crocus and the Daffodil

March 26, 2015

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A POEM by Mark Signorelli .

 

“Is Youth Made for Pleasure or Heroism?”

March 26, 2015

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Dr. Plinio Corrêa de Oliveira’s essay on youth can be found here.

 

The Perfect Topping for Fresh Greens

March 25, 2015

GRETCHEN writes:

As you are an undisputed expert on the subject of the Pizza Industrial Complex, I send you this exciting news:  Pizza-flavored salad dressing is here!!

 

“How Jews Think”

March 25, 2015

BROTHER NATHANAEL, a Jewish convert to “Orthodox” Christianity, writes about the interior world of Jews in a three-part series called “How Jews Think.” Obviously, these are generalizations, and generalizations, if one accepts them, are what they are, they don’t apply to everyone:

HAVING GROWN UP AS A JEW and having gone to an upper middle class synagogue throughout my childhood up through my young adult years, I am uniquely qualified to do an expose on the inner workings of the Jewish mind. Now that I am an Orthodox Christian, having converted in 1971 to Christianity, I can see very clearly how the Jew thinks: Read More »