On Irony

Today I started reading a book of cultural commentary that came recommended to me from a wise and literary friend. The book was written in 1999 by Jedidiah Purdy who was in his mid-twenties when he wrote it. The book is titled For Common Things: Irony, Trust, and Commitment in America Today. Continue reading “On Irony”

The Reason for the Hope

The next chapter I read in The Art of Living is also written by Dietrich’s widow Alice von Hildebrand and it’s on the subject of hope. In it, she begins by diagnosing despair as “the consciousness of a metaphysical calling, a metaphysical destiny left unfulfilled.” And she argues that whenever a person despairs and says about his life, “It’s too late”, this betrays a lack of confidence “in the eternal renewal of the generous creativity of God.” Continue reading “The Reason for the Hope”