- There are two Paradise Lost movies slated for release in 2012, one of which has been in the works for more than 40 years.
- Does the e-book era point to a dim future for marginalia?: “When Nelson Mandela was imprisoned in South Africa in 1977, a copy of Shakespeare was circulated among the inmates. Mandela wrote his name next to the passage from Julius Caesar that reads, ‘Cowards die many times before their deaths.'”
- Next year, Baker Academic Press will release a book arguing Dietrich Bonhoeffer was not involved in plots to assassinate Hitler, and that he was imprisoned and executed because of his pacifism and “costly discipleship.”
- “Work is not, primarily, a thing one does to live, but the thing one lives to do.” A short essay in Business World draws wisdom from Dorothy Sayers, Kahlil Gibran, and Saint Josemaria Escriva to discuss how “Work is love made visible.”
- Calypso Editions has brought out a new translation of Tolstoy’s parable How Much Land Does a Man Need. James Joyce called How Much Land the “greatest story that the literature of the world knows.”
- From Huffington Post: Why Evelyn Underhill’s Mysticism: A Study in the Nature and Development of Spiritual Consciousness still inspires us after a century.
- The cemetery where Blake, Defoe, and Bunyan are buried – the “holy ground of the dissenters” – earns protected status.
- From First Things: Why Thomas Merton was wrong about Confucianism.
- After three years, LifeWay Christian Stores plans to discontinue its “Read With Discernment” label on books by, among others, Rob Bell, Donald Miller, Brian McLaren, and William Young. According to the Orlando Sentinel, the label ended up causing too much confusion. Perhaps LifeWay customers were confused why they weren’t being encouraged to read every book with discernment.