Saturday, February 17, 2018

VIDEO: I speak on EWTN about the new book I edited by Francis Canavan, S.J.


This week's episode of "EWTN Pro-Life Weekly" features an interview with me about the new book I edited by Francis Canavan, S.J., Fun Is Not Enough. I am grateful to Catherine Hadro, the program's host, for giving me the opportunity to talk about how Father Canavan's brilliant writing and priestly wisdom inspired me in my own vocation as a Catholic author and professor.

Saturday, February 10, 2018

AUDIO: I speak on Pope St. John Paul II's theology of suffering

Something different for you today: I had the opportunity last week to participate in Holy Apostles College and Seminary's Fides et Ratio series, in which faculty share their research with one another. Here is a recording of my talk, which was on the chapter of my dissertation in which I discuss Pope St. John Paul II's theology of suffering.

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

AUDIO: Del Shannon's last career-spanning interview



February 8 marks twenty-nine years since Del Shannon left this world much too soon, dying by his own hand. Every time the anniversary comes, I think about how kind he was to let a twenty-year-old budding rock historian interview him, as I did on May 13, 1989. Del was extremely generous with his time and spoke openly about his life, career, and personal struggles. Little did I know it would be his last comprehensive interview.

In the early days of CDs, my friend Michael Mazzarella of the Rooks thoughtfully volunteered to digitize my cassette interview with Del. Although I went on to write up the interview for Goldmine under my pen name Dawn Eden, and I later used it in my liner notes for the This Is Del Shannon CD, I have never shared the audio of the interview—until now. As an extra bonus, there is an aircheck of WCBS-FM disc jockey Bob Shannon (no relation) in which he uses part of my interview. I was an intern for Bob at the time (and would love to know where he is now).

It is nearly thirty years since his death and the hurt doesn't go away. Please, in your kindness, say a prayer for the repose of Charles Westover.


Sunday, February 4, 2018

Listen now: EWTN Radio previews my Thrill of the Chaste series

This week, EWTN Radio's Celtic Connections offered a preview of a radio series I recorded with Father Frankie Mulgrew based on the Catholic edition of my book The Thrill of the Chaste, which has sold more than 25,000 copies in five languages. Listen at 34:20 for the preview.

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Today through 1/21: Get the new Francis Canavan SJ book I edited for free on Kindle



Wonderful news: today through January 21, Fun Is Not Enough, the great new book I edited by Francis Canavan SJ that has been praised in National Review Online and First Things, is available on Kindle for free.* What's more, readers who post Amazon reviews of the Kindle edition will be entered into a drawing to win one of five free paperback copies of the book.

Judge James L. Buckley says of Fun Is Not Enough, “[An] impressive book. I hadn’t been familiar with Father Canavan’s writings, but I am finding his columns a profoundly instructive delight.”

All proceeds from sales of Fun Is Not Enough go to support the mission of Human Life Review.

*UPDATE, 1/23/18: Although the free offer has expired, readers who purchase the Kindle edition of Fun Is Not Enough and post a review on Amazon.com will still be entered into a drawing to win one of five free paperback copies. Please note that only reviews that are marked "Verified Purchase" will be considered for the drawing.

Sunday, January 14, 2018

New talk: "Chastity and the Mystical Rose"

I had a beautiful time yesterday evening speaking on "Chastity and the Mystical Rose" at the TOP-Life Coffeehouse in Connecticut and thought I would share it with you.


National Review Online interviews me about the Jesuit who changed my life

The new book by Francis Canavan SJ that I edited, Fun Is Not Enough, is again in the spotlight, this time via a feature in National Review Online by Kathryn Jean Lopez, who interviews me about my friendship with the late Father Canavan:

Lopez: What was prophetic about Father Francis Canavan?

Goldstein: Canavan had a gift of discernment that enabled him to rightly judge the signs of the times. He also read the literal signs of the Times — the New York Times, that is — along with bumper stickers, everyday conversations, and other things that clued him in to what people were talking about and thinking about. In that way, he was able to identify trends in popular sentiment that were not adequately understood by many of his peers in the world of academia.

In particular, Canavan dissected the philosophical errors that have led contemporary culture not only to embrace radical individualism but also take it to its logical conclusion in utilitarianism. Writing years before the Supreme Court decision in Obergefell v. Hodges, he had the foresight to observe that “the primacy of choice is wrecking our sexual morality, but not only that. At a deeper level, it is destroying our ability to have a social morality that goes beyond sexual conduct to question the right of any society to establish and maintain social standards on any other than utilitarian grounds.”
Read the full interview at National Review Online.

Thursday, January 11, 2018

First Things praises the new book I edited by Francis Canavan SJ


I introduce Fun Is Not Enough at the Human Life Foundation's Great Defender of Life gala, October 26, 2017.

I am gratified to report that the new book I edited by Francis Canavan SJ, Fun Is Not Enough, has received a rave review in First Things. William Doino Jr. writes:
An authority on Edmund Burke and a professor of political science at Fordham for over twenty years, Canavan appealed to academics and laymen alike. Nowhere did he synthesize his talents better than in his many contributions to the Catholic Eye, which published his social and political commentaries for over twenty-five years. These writings have now been collected in Fun is Not Enough, and they are as lively and powerful now as when they first appeared. American Catholics who are confused and distressed by the ongoing tumult in Church and state will be invigorated by them.
Read the entire review. Fun Is Not Enough is available in print and Kindle from En Route Books and Media.



Friday, December 1, 2017

"The God who can change our desires": My Advent reflection for the Catholic Herald

This week's Catholic Herald features my reflection on the readings for the First Sunday of Advent: "The God Who Can Change Our Desires". I invite you to subscribe to the magazine to read the reflection, which includes insights along similar lines to those of Remembering God's Mercy.