Michael De Sapio

Michael De Sapio is a writer and classical musician from Alexandria, Virginia. He was educated at The Catholic University of America and the Peabody Conservatory of Music. He plays the violin and viola on a freelance basis and writes about music, religion and vintage popular culture.

Recent blog posts by this author

How Orwell Foresaw the Disintegration of Our Language

“In our time it is broadly true that political writing is bad writing.” This is the takeaway quote from George Orwell's essay “Politics and the English Language,” which has become popular as a guide for writers throughout the English-speaking...

How May Day Went From a Religious Holiday to a Socialist One

It's the Merry Month of May: Spring is bursting, the birds are singing...and political riots are detonating.  Without a doubt, May is a month with motley associations—natural, religious, and political.  In many ancient cultures May 1 was...

The Progressive Roots of Fascism

Adolf Hitler and Benito Mussolini have become, for many of us today, mere Hollywood villains—generic personifications of evil or (in Mussolini's case) buffoonish authoritarianism.  Yet their ideologies were rooted in specific philosophical...

Clare Boothe Luce: A Feminist of a Different Kind

She was a playwright, war reporter, congresswoman, ambassador, political pundit and quotable wit; she made her mark in not just one but a whole constellation of professions dominated by men.  Clare Boothe Luce, born on March 10 in 1903, is a...

Presidents Day: How We Got Such a Lame Holiday

“This is Washington's Birthday,” sings Fred Astaire in the movie classic Holiday Inn, “And I can't tell a lie.” Americans of a certain age no doubt can remember when the day we now know as Presidents Day was called Washington's Birthday, invariably...

A Catholic Priest’s Observations on Islam—in 1851

Rummaging through some antique books recently, I came across a volume of church history from 1851, originally written in German by a Catholic priest, Dr. Giovanni Alzog, and translated into Italian. The volume, translated Universal History the...

Our Culture is Dead

A new book is coming out this month bearing the arresting title Out of the Ashes: Rebuilding American Culture.  It is by Anthony Esolen, a professor of English at Providence College and a prominent cultural commentator. Esolen argues that what...

The Intellectual Roots of Martin Luther King Jr.

It's typical of the progressive cast of our culture to focus on the forward-looking at the expense of the traditional—or if you prefer, to miss the traditional elements that lie at the heart of a genuinely progressive movement.  So it is that...

Celebrating New Year's with The Twilight Zone

For those of us who love vintage television shows, New Year's means The Twilight Zone Marathon, a tradition of over 30 years' standing which airs on the cable Syfy Channel.  A classic fantasy/science fiction TV series created by Rod Serling...

When Santa Claus was Replaced by Ded Moroz

When totalitarian regimes (particularly those of the Left) come to power, one of the first things they typically do is destroy hallowed cultural symbols, the better to remake society from the ground up.  The Soviet campaign to replace the...