The Unenlightenment

The Bastille prison in Paris was stormed in 1789: seven prisoners were found and apparently annoyed at the intrusion. The Tambnov prison – about 400 miles south of Moscow – is another revolutionary tale of freedom from incarceration at the hands of the aristocracy. How many prisoners did they find in the Russian February Revolution…

Red Anniversary

In 1974 Alexander Solzhenitsyn addressed the Western World with words of warning. Solzhenitsyn helped to bring down a Communist Empire revealed in its Gulag system as being anti-humanity. It is not clear which red brick Solzhenitsyn metaphorically removed from the Berlin Wall but his writing contributed in no small measure to the fall of the…

No more sacred cows

“The book was a delight.” Ann Widdecombe In this unorthodox autobiographical collection of essays the author invites the reader into a world of travel, teaching, education, entertainment, chess, despair, political intrigue, faith and Catholicism. From beginning to end the reader will find moments of laughter and sadness and, on occasion, the absurd. This is a…

Solzhenitsyn’s theme

“Our spiritual purpose is to take responsibility for what falls within our immediate sphere of influence.” Anonymous (from book review of, Solzhenitsyn’s, August 1914) Unauthorized use and/or duplication of this blog and/or photographs without express and written permission from this blog’s author and/or owner is strictly prohibited. Excerpts and links may be used, provided that…

The crux of the matter

“In every life there is one particular event that is decisive for the entire person – for his fate, his convictions, his passions.” Solzhenitsyn, The Gulag Archipelago. Unauthorized use and/or duplication of this blog and/or photographs without express and written permission from this blog’s author and/or owner is strictly prohibited. Excerpts and links may be…