By Randall Smith
Thursday, 09 May 2013
I had a bet going with a friend of mine, a priest who spends a lot of time reading Catholic magazines and web sites, who is convinced that “Anthony Esolen” isn’t just one person. It’s the pen name of a group of writers, feverishly working simultaneously, who all send out their stuff under the same name.
“Look,” said my friend, “here’s ‘Esolen’ on The Catholic Thing today. ‘Esolen’ had another piece on Crisis yesterday, and I saw three pieces by ‘Esolen’ in Touchstone last week. In the past week alone, this so-called ‘Esolen’ has pieces in Public Discourse, First Things, and the Catholic World Report. You can’t open up a Catholic blog without seeing ‘Esolen’ these days. And this same guy has supposedly translated all of Dante’s Commedia, written The Politically Incorrect Guide to Western Civilization, and Ten Ways to Destroy the Imagination of Your Child? And then, while I’m reading my copy of Magnificat daily, I regularly see reflections by the same guy? Don’t tell me that’s all one person.”
I had to admit he had a point.
“Anthony Esolen is probably just some coded acronym that stands for something,” my friend insisted.
“Like what?” I asked, still somewhat doubtful.
“Well, Anthony suggests oneness, like the hermit St. Anthony of the Desert. And then the name Esolen probably stands for the six different writers who produce all this stuff in concert with one another, like Edward, Simon, Oscar, Luke, Earnest, and Nigel, or something like that.”
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Tuesday, June 11, 2013, 4:50 PM