Dwight Longenecker

Dwight Longenecker
Fr. Dwight Longenecker is a graduate of Oxford University. He is the author of sixteen books and contributes to many magazines, papers and journals including Crisis, Integrated Catholic Life, National Catholic Register and Intercollegiate Review. Visit his blog at Standing on My Head, read his latest book The Romance of Religion and be in touch at dwightlongenecker.com
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Films have the capacity to incarnate the truth more powerfully than any other storytelling medium because, as my script-writing tutor used to remind us, “movies are motion pictures. That means they are pictures that move.” Visual action means that...
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Out of the nightmare of the Somme came a sickly scholar who would gather up the tragedy of the trenches and turn it into the unexpected literary triumph of the century. Despite the derision of the academics, J.R.R....
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I was first captivated by the story of Cyrano de Bergerac when I had a bit part in a college production of Edmund Rostand’s famous play. For those who are unfamiliar, Cyrano de Bergerac is a swashbuckling poet...
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Which will it be? Once upon a time the people of England were happy Catholics, visiting their holy wells, attending frequent masses and deeply respectful of purgatory and afraid of hell. The lustful King Henry...
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The American South is full of obscure oddities, unexpected eccentricities and disconcerting delights. Here the farmhouse of an eccentric peacock loving novelist, there the country home of a homespun poet. Here a church of hootin’ and hollerin’...
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Altar in Julian's Anchorhold Cell in Norwich, England In the English city of Norwich there are two Gothic cathedrals: one medieval and Anglican, the other neo-Gothic and Catholic. However, if you leave the bustling...

Traherne Windows-Audley Chapel My little sister followed me to England, fell in love with the country, fell in love with an Englishman, and fell in love with the English poets. She studied English literature in...
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When magicians are omnipotent there is no magic. Heroes need a flaw and the chance to fall or there is no story. Complete plenty eliminates desire, and when everything is visible imagination dies. So I mused...
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The Queen of England was on her deathbed without an heir. Exiled to France, the twenty- six-year-old prince was the rightful king. The English courtiers wrote to offer him the throne, but he turned...
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No other city in the world oozes literature as Oxford does. So come with me on a little literary tour of the city. We are going to start in the street called St Aldate’s at the front gate...

The Iron Lady—the film on the life of Margaret Thatcher—is worth viewing more than once. Not only is Meryl Streep’s performance as Britain’s first female Prime Minister astounding, but the film itself rises to greatness for its direction,...

Whatever happened to the hat? Wherefore the fedora? Where have they stashed the Stetsons? Who has banished the boater and trashed the tweed cap? Why is a “Deerstalker” considered a Vietnam movie and a “Panama” no...
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In the wonderful world of Walker Percy, old fashioned Southern gentility saunters in seersucker into sub human behavior and sips bourbon while planning a congenial genocide. Their shabby chic sophistication makes the nefarious activities of...
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They used to tell American boys that they could do anything if they put their mind to it. You could be an astronaut or a big league ball player. You could be president of the United States or...