Sauron Comes to Middle England

Tolkien, the new biopic about the master storyteller’s life, has come under criticism for giving the impression that Tolkien’s service in World War I was the decisive influence on his work. In fact, Tolkien was far more influenced by other factors—in particular by his love of mythology, and by his strong Catholic faith. Before her [...]

Humiliation in Hardware

I tried to look casually confident as I scanned the too-full shelves of my local hardware store. But the manager zeroed in on me anyway.   "And what are we looking for today?" he cooed at me, as if a pony-tailed mom in capri pants were the most pathetically lost creature to have set foot [...]