Michael De Sapio

Michael De Sapio

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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.

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Pascal on Why Living in the Present Is So Difficult (Yet so Important)

Philosopher and mathematician Blaise Pascal (1623-1662) is most famous for “Pascal's Wager,” the argument that human beings “bet” with their lives on the existence of God.  Yet Pascal's celebrated book of philosophical musings Pensées (in which...

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...

The Original ‘War on Christmas’ Was Waged by the Puritans

Much ink is spilled every December over the “War on Christmas”—a perceived assault, led by secular folk, on the public acknowledgment of the holiday. But in fact, public-spirited “warfare” against Christmas goes back a long way in our history, and...

Is Halloween a Christian Holiday?

Conventional wisdom holds that Halloween is essentially a secular and pagan holiday, the result of the Christian Church appropriating an ancient Celtic harvest festival. But one strain of critical opinion tends to the view that the holiday was...

3 Common Words That Never Appear in the Bible (And What That Says About Us)

In The Mind of the Maker, her brilliant book about theology and art, Dorothy L. Sayers discusses the differences between the biblical and modern attitudes toward life as revealed in the language we use.  Sayers provides an illuminating quote...

The Moral Imagination of 'Leave It to Beaver'

Russell Kirk defined the moral imagination as “an enduring source of inspiration that elevates us to first principles as it guides us upwards towards virtue and wisdom and redemption.” It is a quality which informs the great works of art, not...

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...

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