Artefact Institute: Don’t Look for Good Culture, Go Make it!

True it is we have seen better days, And have with holy bell been knolled to church, And sat at good men’s feasts, and wiped our eyes Of drops that sacred pity hath engendered.” – As You Like It, William Shakespeare This incredible quote, a jewel among many jewels in Dr. Anthony Esolen’s book Out of the Ashes, is in many ways an encapsulation of what we have lost in our culture. There is…

Talking Culture Creation, Storytelling, and the Artefact Institute on the Areopagus Podcast

Last week I had the great pleasure of being hosted on the Areopagus podcast: Some of the things we talked about culture creation for a… pre-Christian America? religion in Star Trek what’s the deal with my novels? self-referential so-called Christian culture this odd and wonderful thing we’re doing in Louisville in 2020 called Artefact Institute. Click here to go the podcast website, or download the episode in any podcast catcher. I also…

What Art Can and Cannot Do…

This past weekend, I was honored and pleased to take part in Doxamoot, the first ever (as far as I know) Orthodox conference on the works of J. R. R. Tolkien. My talk, titled “Why Becoming a Storyteller is the Most Important Thing You May Do With Your Life,” will be available as an audio download at some point soon. Stay tuned. It was an exciting moment of culture-making, where people who…