Joshua Hren is founder and editor of Wiseblood Books, co-founder of the Honors College at Belmont Abbey and co-founder of the new low-residency Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing at the University of St. Thomas in Houston. His books include the story collections This Our Exile and In The Wine Press, as well as the forthcoming How to Read (and Write) Like a Catholic.
David Foster Wallace's novella 'Something to Do With Paying Attention' features two conversion narratives, a "fearful Jesuit" and "the death of childhood's limitless possibility."
Caroline Gordon's 'The Malefactors,' a novel lost to prospective generations of readers, was a classic Catholic tale told by an author of considerable talent.
Noted for his acid tongue, Evelyn Waugh hated the United States and its citizens and let them know it. However, he felt more and more drawn to them on repeated visits.
Regardless of where one stands on the death penalty, however, all Catholics must not lose sight of the souls on death row who await the judgment that state-enforced terminations will quicken.
A Catholic literary culture that works in continuity with its rich heritage will give us a contemporary literature that both gazes unflinchingly at the messiness of our present moment and artfully works out its characters’ salvation or damnation.