My debut in the culture pages of The Spectator

My review of Stuart Jeffries's new Verso book is out today in The Spectator. My critique: he reduces culture to industry, & forgets right-modernism. A shame he doesn't thematize Adorno's high-cultural ('conservative') Marxism & the Left's low-cultural turn. On a positive note: "In his 2016 book, Grand Hotel Abyss, Jeffries showed himself to be a… Continue reading My debut in the culture pages of The Spectator

“The revelation of Love”: Essay in Országút

What is it that we remember, & forget, on 25 December? The Budapest literary weekly Országút has published my brief reflection on the dating of Jesus' birth, the feast of the Unconquered Sun, & the origins of Christmas. Conclusion: "The revelation of Love bisects the world of time, so Christians believe, every day until the… Continue reading “The revelation of Love”: Essay in Országút

Human ‘justice’ is “a thing to be mourned”: Budapest lecture on Pilate & Jesus

Augustine says that human 'justice' is “a thing to be mourned &, if it were possible, washed away with tears”. He has in mind all the convicts who never had, or have, any hope of secular justice. Tomorrow I'll talk at Károli Gáspár University, in Budapest, about how that connects to Augustine's reading of the… Continue reading Human ‘justice’ is “a thing to be mourned”: Budapest lecture on Pilate & Jesus