Around Town

Welcome to our blog! We named our blog Around Town because we wanted it to be a blog about the ideas that permeate Western Civilization that are felt down at the local level. We have had a number of different ideas for exactly what we wanted this blog to be, but have yet to settle on one formally. It is still a work in progress so please bare with us as we allow it to grow into what it should be. For now, though, we’re just looking at some interesting ideas from the West that strike our interest. We hope they will strike yours as well.

Check out a book review from our editor on a book about the Advent season.

Advent and Christmas: Wisdom from G.K. Chesterton

Advent is a season so misunderstood, by myself as well as others, that I thought it would be a good thing to write a review about a book that helps initiate the uninitiated into its anticipatory charm.

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Happy Thanksgiving everybody! A thoughtful letter reminding everyone of the many things to be thankful for in a much more divided time than our own in our nation’s history.

Lincoln’s Thanksgiving Proclamation

Washington D.C.  October 3 1863 

The year that is drawing toward its close has been filled with the blessings of fruitful fields and healthful skies. To these bounties, which are so constantly enjoyed that we are prone to forget the source from which they come, others have been added which are of so extraordinary a nature that they can not fail to penetrate and soften even the heart which is habitually insensible to the ever-watchful providence of Almighty God.

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This next piece was chosen due to its profound prescience. Although the two examples of the authors Mr Chesterton chose to highlight are now mainly archaic, (how many people have actually read Nietzche and how many have actually heard of Shaw? see article  for context) the ideas these authors espoused still plague us to this day.

The two main secular dueling ideas of today are radical collectivism and radical individualism in the forms of Socialism (the ideals of Shaw) and Nietzchian Nihilism. (a.k.a. willful individualism, standing proudly alone against all comers, namely the institutions of religion, and society; think, anarchic 4chan devotees) Yet, as the author points out, these intellectual ailments are not so much wrong as they are incomplete within a broader context. That is, they are lacking in the larger picture of the entirety of human experience.

On Reading



The highest use of the great masters of literature is not literary; it is apart from their superb style and even from their emotional inspiration.  The first use of good literature is that it prevents a man from being merely modern. To be merely modern is to condemn oneself to an ultimate narrowness; just as to spend one’s last earthly money on the newest hat is to condemn oneself to the old-fashioned.

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We started this blog with this inspiring letter from the late and great Saint Pope John Paul II both because it is inspiring, especially to the creative minded, but primarily because it shows off some of Wonder Magazine’s core principles and gets to the heart of what we are trying to do here. We cut and pasted the letter to shorten it and in order to highlight some of its most interesting parts. To read it in completion, click




To all who are passionately dedicated
to the search for new “epiphanies” of beauty
so that through their creative work as artists
they may offer these as gifts to the world

God saw all that he had made, and it was very good” (Gn 1:31)

The artist, image of God the Creator

1. None can sense more deeply than you artists, ingenious creators of beauty that you are, something of the pathos with which God at the dawn of creation looked upon the work of his hands. A glimmer of that feeling has shone so often in your eyes when—like the artists of every age—captivated by the hidden power of sounds and words, colours and shapes, you have admired the work of your inspiration, sensing in it some echo of the mystery of creation with which God, the sole creator of all things, has wished in some way to associate you.

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