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Marian Double Feature

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Medieval or bust! Two livestreams in one weekend—an Easter octave treat! 1. Interview with Rachel Fulton Brown . Livestreamed with the Kurgan, April 10, 2021.  2. Medieval Devotion to Mary . Rights and Duties. Livestreamed with TradPatrick and Anthony Stine, April 9, 2021. Visit Bear On Air for a complete list of my video, podcast, and radio appearances.

Centrism Games: A Modern Dunciad

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DCR Books, in conjunction with the poets of the Dragon Common Room , is proud to announce the publication of its first full length poem!   Hello? Is this thing on? It’s time to sing! Beneath the Arch, let heartfelt praises ring! Forsake us not, o mild and moderate goddess! With fair and balanced rhymes we beg your largesse. Help us narrate the story of your knights and how they braved the un-forbidding heights. We sing with measured tones, not high nor low, our tolerance and fairness to extol. Chivalry is dead. These Knights want Fame. And Fama’s a witch. Follow a band of very different Knights on their quest to become the most balanced, the most tolerant, the most compromising of everyone on the modern political spectrum. Each Knight dares to liberalize and conserve, but who will win the ultimate prize and stay safely in the center? A cautionary tale modeled on Alexander Pope’s scathing eighteenth-century Dunciad . —Backcover You know  the backstory . Now read the book! Available in e

On Tyranny: Alone of All Her Sex

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If the picture doesn’t say it, perhaps the title will! Calling from Athens, Michael Michailidis pressed me to explain why medieval Christians worshipped Mary as a Goddess—except, of course, they didn’t, which took even more explaining.  Along the way, we touched on the devotion to the Virgin Mary in the liturgy, eros  in the Christian Bible, the Great Mother Goddess of old Europe, face masks and their symbolism, the devil and modern technology, and Joseph Campbell’s theories of myth. Just in time for the feast of the Annunciation!  Θεοτόκε Παρθένε, χαῖρε, κεχαριτωμένη Μαρία , ὁ Κύριος μετὰ σοῦ. εὐλογημένη σὺ ἐν γυναιξί, καὶ εὐλογημένος ὁ καρπὸς τῆς κοιλίας σου, ὅτι Σωτήρα ἔτεκες τῶν ψυχῶν ἡμῶν. Listen at Ancient Greece Revisited (YouTube): “ The Worship of Virgin Mary, Satan’s Lure, and Facemasks ” Listen at AGR On Tyranny Radio (Spotify): “ The Virgin in a Pandemic World ” For a complete list of my video, podcast, and radio appearances, visit Bear On Air . For my books and articles on

Bearily—A Prologue!

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In which the dragons prepare themselves to set out on the sea of rhyme in a ship of octaves captained by Ulfilas, a bear of translucent fur and as yet untested faith... 1 Shall I compare thee to a winter’s day? No way! The name is Ulfie, and it’s clear this poem won’t be one that sounds—um—gay. This song will have us scribbling for a year. We won’t exhaust our wit, nor things to say. The lines we turned in love but yet we shear,  the tropes we craft with care but yet we strike  will hurt like crashing someone’s stolen bike. 2 O Ulfilas, born noble and at tea! You fill our writing team with great unease. We simply want some epic poetry. Your name (so strange!) has caused our verse to freeze. We brood with doubt and dread uncertainty. You bar our entry into verse, you tease! Let’s take a break for tea, and let our muse inspire our bears to launch their Christian cruise. 3 A zeal took Ulfilas—he glowed somehow. His fur had stored some rays of sun inside. A strange wind dug into him like

Sacrifice of the Shaman Goat

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Would you recognize him without his costume? A Reader of this blog pleas for mercy for the Q Shaman. In a recent news report, “ QAnon Shaman Begs for Leniency: I Stopped Muffin Theft During Capitol Riot ,” appearing in The Daily Beast (March 4th), Jacob Chansley’s demeanor from jail bears out my revised attitude toward him as the widely recognizable Shaman. My change of heart was inspired by remarks in your blog , Fencing Bear at Prayer , which I recall in turn drew on a New Yorker account . At first, probably like many others, I had thought the Shaman a bit crazy because of his outlandish pagan costume, but your religiously sensitive account and portrayal of his gentle behavior persuaded me that mine had been a hasty reaction, and you kindly included my note acknowledging that and thanking you for your insight . I see now that in the photo accompanying the current news report Mr. Chansley appears a far less imposing figure—without his Shaman’s fur cape, and shorn of horns and hat—th

The Great Bear Tale

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Having dipped our toes in the waters of iambic pentameter with Centrism Games , the poets of the Dragon Common Room are launching themselves on a new journey, this time with bears... Once upon a time, there was a polar bear who loved watching the Northern Lights. Every day, he dreamed of capturing their beauty in a glass. One day, an albatross flew by and told him about an even more beautiful light that shone over Antarctica. Because of that, the polar bear convinced three bear friends to go in search of the Light of Antarctica. Because of that, they found themselves on a journey that tested their courage, friendship, and faith. Until finally, they learned the true source of the Light. *  Once upon a time, there was a company of poets who wanted to write a story that would inspire young bears in the pursuit of virtue. Every day, they met in their Telegram chat to brainstorm characters, settings, motivations, story models, plot elements, and themes. One day, an artist who was skilled i

TF Episodes 21 & 22: Music and Monsters

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 21. The Music of Creation In the beginning there was Eru, the One, who made the Holy Ones, the offspring of his thought, and propounded to them a great theme. But whose story was this, and how did it come to be written down? Who, other than the Father of All, could know the story of Creation to tell it? And how would such stories be known to Elves and to Men? In this episode, Professor Rachel Fulton Brown introduces Tolkien’s story of Creation as a puzzle both of framing and of purpose. Who speaks in the telling of the Music—and why should Creation happen through song? And what should a Christian think about the Ainur’s singing such a mighty theme? — Aired February 23, 2021 22. Melkor and the Leviathan As the Ainur sang the themes unfolded to them by Iluvatar, the greatest of their number, Melkor, or “he who rises in Might,” became impatient that Iluvatar took so little thought of the Void. Conceiving thoughts of his own, Melkor began to make a music of his own, troubling some of the

Logos, St. Louis, and Horror

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  E. Michael Jones and I sat down in October 2020 to talk about the horror of Halloween and what happened in St. Louis... In June 2020, protestors across the United States of America called for the removal of statues they claimed portrayed or promoted the country’s founding sin of “white supremacy.” But one of the statues so designated by BLM activists depicted not an American statesman or general, but a medieval Christian king: St. Louis IX of France (d. 1270), after whom the city of St. Louis, Missouri, was named.  In this episode, Professor Rachel Fulton Brown talks with Dr. E. Michael Jones about his role in preventing the removal of the statue of St. Louis from Forest Park in St. Louis, and what the protest over the statue says about the relationship of St. Louis (the city) with St. Louis (the king). We talk about the role of King Louis in the Crusades, his orders for the burning of the Talmud, and his concern for the Muslim converts he brought back from the Holy Land, and we talk

TF Episode 20: The Voice of Saruman

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Standing at the base of the Tower of the Cunning Mind, Gandalf warned Pippin and the others to beware of Saruman’s voice—but what power did Saruman of Many Colours have over the company, if his most dangerous weapon was his speech? In this episode, recorded on the feast of the Epiphany, January 6, 2021, Professor Rachel Fulton Brown considers what Tolkien reveals about the dangers of trusting politicians by way of his characterization of Saruman and Gandalf as “messengers” of a particular kind. What kind of creatures were the  Istari , and why did they have the powers—and limitations—that they did to influence events in Middle-earth? What does Saruman’s temptation and fall reveal about the meaning of Power, and how did Gandalf defeat such a powerful foe? — Aired February 21, 2021 Watch with subscription at Unauthorized.tv! Full episode guide, including upcoming episodes and instructions on how to login with subscription, at The  Forge  of Tolkien . 

How Dare You

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Once upon a time there was a bear who dared... In September 2017, Owen Benjamin, a.k.a. “Big Bear,” dared to post a tweet telling the truth about giving hormones to children (he called it child abuse)—at which he was banned...and banned...and banned...and banned from platform after platform for refusing to lie. “I might be wrong, but I’m not lying,” he insisted.  “How dare you!” gasped the entertainment industry, social media giants, payment platforms, and AirBnb—and cast Owen from their midst. Meanwhile, the Bears assembled, donning Bear names in support of their Big Bear, helping to start Unauthorized.tv  as a platform out of reach of the Social Justice Swarms (main site  https://uatv.infogalactic.com ), following Big Bear to The Beartaria Times , Unbearables Media , and beyond! (But not to the moon...yet.) Jacob Telling, a.k.a. Runnerbear, was one such Bear . He started watching Owen’s livestreams back in the mists of Beartime (a.k.a. when they were still on YouTube) and traveled wi

Odes to Me

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 Iambic birthday greetings in honor of the Professor of the Dragon Common Room ! Happy Birthday, Rachel! Thank you for being our champion! 𝕷𝖆𝖉𝖞 𝕽𝖆𝖈𝖍𝖊𝖑 I logged on to the chat at Telegram ; I spoke with trolls and poets on the net who sought to learn the meters and the rhymes; to shape the beautiful, the true, the good. We weren’t the only ones who felt a change of people caught between half-truths and lies, each longing for a world to recreate, to right the wrongs, to sing old songs anew. She hated seeing good men banned again, but she did more; she wrote and overcame. A woman who a half a decade back, named Rachel, a medieval studies Prof. in Shytown; when the wokeness brought a scourge upon Hyde Park; when both the students and scholars charged racism at every turn, she sought her voice and found it in the past.  In her office, among her books, alone except for faithful Joy who sat nearby. She thought aloud and told her of her fears, and said, “If I say nothing, then they w

Thursday of Sexagesima Week A.D. 2021

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And they said: Come, let us make a city and a tower, the top whereof may reach to heaven: and let us make our name famous before we be scattered abroad into all lands.   — Genesis 11:4 (Douay-Rheims) God promised Noah that He would never more punish the earth with a deluge. But, in His justice, He has many times visited the sins of men with a scourge which, in more senses than one, bears a resemblance to a deluge: the invasion of enemies. We meet with these invasions in every age; and each time we see the hand of God. We can trace the crimes that each of them was sent to punish, and in each we find a manifest proof of the infinite justice wherewith God governs the world.  It is not requisite that we should here mention the long list of these revolutions, which we might almost say make up the history of mankind, for in its every page we read of conquests, extinction of races, destruction of nations, and violent amalgamations, which effaced the traditions and character of the several pe

The Gen Z Guide to Becoming a Christian

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After I ate all the cookies, Milo realized he needed to reassert some discipline over me—by asking me to talk about how to become Christian! We talk about what it means to pray the psalms, which psalms you should start with, what to expect from the demons , and how to break the magic spells the demons—and the Queen of the Elves —attempt to cast. We also explain why the Enlightenment was fundamentally an exercise in magical thinking and how Jesus taught us to resist the magic . Join us at  Friday Night’s All Right  on Censored.tv! See Bear On Air for a complete list of my video, radio, and podcast appearances. Check out “ The Forge of Tolkien ” at Unauthorized.tv for further tips on how to find yourself inside the story.  

Archspider of the Interwebs

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An exercise in anapestic tetrameters A corporeal vision with hundreds of eyes and a silky white cushion-like cloud where he lies could at most be an angel—the dread seraphim— but more likely a spider which sits next to him. With the eyes of a spider and wings like a bird, in the flames of the seraphim burns the bright Lord. On his face is the terror of Satan’s lost kin. Do you wonder how Adam helped Eve to sin? In the mirror of ages, they tell of the fire with which Lucifer burned in his will to conspire. In their digital frenzy, they wove dark tales well to capture God’s children and bring them to Hell. But their lust made them hasty, and pride made them fall. In a gold scrying dish, Satan schemed to enthrall: “A grand war ‘gainst the Maker! We’ll fight o’er the fold!” But avast! with a scream, their foul end was foretold. For their silk is of fire, and they spin like a star; and the Heavens shine web-like with glass and white tar, where they fly in a net like the light in the web; ye

“As Kingfishers Catch Fire”

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  Zaklog the Great invited me back again to share poetry with him and his friend Travis. This time we talked about the layers of meaning in Gerard Manley Hopkins ’s magnificent “ As Kingfishers Catch Fire ”: As kingfishers catch fire, dragonflies draw flame;  As tumbled over rim in roundy wells  Stones ring; like each tucked string tells, each hung bell’s  Bow swung finds tongue to fling out broad its name;  Each mortal thing does one thing and the same:  Deals out that being indoors each one dwells;  Selves — goes itself; myself it speaks and spells,  Crying Whát I dó is me: for that I came .  I say móre: the just man justices;  Keeps grace: thát keeps all his goings graces;  Acts in God's eye what in God's eye he is —  Chríst — for Christ plays in ten thousand places,  Lovely in limbs, and lovely in eyes not his  To the Father through the features of men's faces.  We talk about the role of poetry in education, why poetry is typically so badly taught, how to learn to wri