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David Morrison of Sed Contra has many interesting posts of late, including a couple on American Catholic history that shine light into some little-known corners.

Maureen O’Brien writes about the new hot genre in Russian fantasy literature: sacral fantastica:

At the same time, sacral fantastica began to turn into a marketing category, and the Sacral Fantastica anthology became an annual. The well-known fantasy writer Daliya Truskinovskaya wrote the Christian near future apocalyptic novel Make Way for God’s Wrath (2003), which won the Ivan Kalita Award. Other notable sacral fantastica novels included: Victor Tochinov, Tsar of the Living (2003); Natalia Irtenina, The Labyrinth’s Call (2004); and Vsevoloda Glukhovtseva and Andrey Samoilov, God of Twilight (2003). (It won’t surprise any member of any fandom that it was exactly at the point when the subgenre’s name became well known that people started arguing for brand new names for it, like "theocentric literature". Yeah, whatever, folks.)

Moskvin concludes that sacral fantastica "is still a very young cub. What kind of critter it will grow up to be, only God knows."

The Anchoress highlights a Baltimore Sun story of a courageous military chaplain, 60 years after his death

A new blog from Lisa, homeschooling mother of 6, and sister-in-law of Matthew Lickona. Lotsa sharp folks out there!

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