To know God and to make Him known.

Articles by author: Andrew Kern

Only the Lover Sings

When I read my beloved Odyssey, which I seem, finally, to have learned how to read on its own terms, I find myself filled with admiration at the almost miraculous creativity of Homer and Odysseus, of Athene and Demodokos and Hephaistos, and (maybe my favorite) of...
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A Radiant Surface

Dr. Glen Arbery may well be right when he suggests in his book, Why Literature Matters: Permanence and the Politics of Reputation, that “of all the poems in the history of the West, actual scripture aside.... God loves the Iliad most.” But if so, Homer’s other poem,...
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Why We Must Conquer Age Segregation

In the introduction to her book, The Core: Teaching Your Child the Foundations of Classical Education, Leigh Bortins makes a radical and disorienting statement that makes the book worth reading. She says, “This curriculum works for a student of any age, but that is a...
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How to Read a Great Book

Before plays had acts and novels had chapters, people still had to figure out the form of the things they read. In the ancient world, writers seem to have treated the structure of their writing as a game. They used it to hide meanings and to give the reader clues to...
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Is Your Writing Organic or Rational?

In How to Write a Sentence Stanley Fish quotes this opening sentence from Laurence Sterne’s ”novel” Tristram Shandy: I wish either my father or my mother, or indeed both of them, as they were in duty both equally bound to it, had minded what they were about when they...
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