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Alan Jacobs

Alan Jacobs is Distinguished Professor of the Humanities in the Honors Program at Baylor University.

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Texas, London, Wisconsin

Recently, I was able to spend a few days at my great place of refuge, and also the co-sponsor of this newsletter, Laity Lodge. What a blessing. A few more photos are here. *** Kermit Oliver is a prominent and highly-regarded painter – and designer of scarves for...

The Library

World’s most beautiful libraries *** Alix Hawley on Twitter: Library patron of the week: the fella who came in, wandered around for a good while, then asked pleasantly, “What is this place?” When I was in graduate school at the University of Virginia in the early...

Prophets and Churches and a Table of Welcome

Please check out all the cool new changes at the Comment website! Among them: The Welcome Table, a second Comment newsletter, this one hosted by Greg Thompson: “a monthly column devoted to exploring the practice of hospitality as it has surprised some of our society’s...

Julian Laughs Heartily

I mentioned last week that I am going through a difficult time, and several of you replied with thanks for the newsletter, prayers, and well-wishes. I am so grateful for the support! In my Medieval Intellectual Tradition Class, we’ve been reading Julian of...

Ambiguities

Thomas Mann, Reflections of a Nonpolitical Man: I do not think that it is the essence and duty of the writer to join “with great fanfare” the main direction the culture is taking at the moment. I do not think and cannot from my very nature think that it is natural and...

Buster, Josephine, and Autumn

Autumn is just beginning to hint at us here in central Texas, but whenever it comes I find myself thinking about this passage from C. S. Lewis’s Surprised by Joy in which he describes how in childhood he received certain “glimpses” of something beyond his experience,...

Returning in Something Almost Like Glory

If you have read The Wind in the Willows – and let me pause here to say that if you have not read the Wind in the Willows then what are you doing with your life? Stop reading this silly newsletter, call in sick to work, and start reading that wondrous book right now....

Books and Chairs and Years Gone By

Breaking Bread with the Dead will be out in paperback tomorrow! Please share the news with everyone in the entire world. *** Vermeer before: Vermeer after: See this lovely film of the restoration. *** The surprisingly complicated history of the Adirondack chair....

Talk to the Hand

Via my friend Richard Gibson, a passage from Chirologia, or, The naturall language of the hand composed of the speaking motions, and discoursing gestures thereof : whereunto is added Chironomia, or, The art of manuall rhetoricke, consisting of the naturall...

The Axe, the Wood, the House

I did something very odd, for me: I wrote a short play. It’s about J. R. R. Tolkien and W. H. Auden, who were good friends – but their friendship was occasionally troubled, I think in part because it was conducted almost wholly through the written word. So I gave them...