Appendix R: Authors for the Mind and Soul

While, I don’t necessarily consider myself part of the Superversive movement, I admire its goals, and have some reading suggestions. Some of these are recent, and some will be older works. This list is going to be by author, with a few suggestions from each author. I hope to do a few other installments perhaps, featuring film, boardgames, perhaps music. This installment will include fiction, poetry, philosophy, and theology.

For now, I’m going to call these lists Appendix R. I don’t pretend this will be as stirring as Appendix N, but we don’t need that right now, though if you want to get something like that there’s the Superversive recommended list HERE. We need a start though.  A place to begin Restoration.

GK Chesterton: Father Brown mysteries, Ballad of the White Horse, The Poet and the Lunatics, The Napoleon of Notting Hill, Orthodoxy

Jon Mollison: Sudden Rescue, Adventure Constant, Space Princess

Edgar Rice Burroughs: John Carter of Mars series

Alexander Dumas: The Three Musketeers, The Black Tulip The Count of Monte Cristo

Christina Rosetti: The Goblin Market

Josef Pieper: Liesure, the Basis of Culture; Abuse of Language, Abuse of Power; Only the Lover Sings

John C. Wright: Iron Chamber of Memory; Moth and Cobweb series

Ivan Throne: The Nine Laws

Louisa May Alcott: Little Women, Little Men, Jo’s Boys

C. S. Lewis: The Great Divorce, The Screwtape Letters, Reflections on the Psalms, Mere Christianity

Some will note that the philosophy of Mr. Pieper and Mr. Throne are vastly different. In some ways, this is true, but in others, they focus on very different aspects of life. Mr. Pieper’s work is about things that are or have been sacred, and that relationship. Mr. Throne, on the other hand, teaches about viewing the secular world as inherently hostile, and how to act in relation to that.

And yes, there are other authors and books that would work for this. I’m keeping it to 10 for simplicity. I do not wish to overwhelm, and I have other media I’ll talk about later.

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Movie Night: Father Brown as “The Detective”


For a change of pace, we now present: a movie. For free. If you’ve never heard of GK Chesterton’s Father Brown … where have you been? Seriously. Before there was Father Dowling (and you’ve at least heard of that one, yes) there was Father Brown, created by Chesterton out of thin air, one day, more or less on a lark.

While there have been some attempts at Father Brown over the years  (the most recent BBC version evoking the most homicidal reaction from me — just read the short “Hammer of God” and compare it to the more recent version), this is probably the best edition of Father Brown ever put on screen. It is not the best because of the accuracy of the scripts to the stories (for that you want the Father Brown as done by Kenneth More) but because of the best execution of character, done by Alec Guiness.

And it’s for free on YouTube.


Declan Finn is a Dragon Award nominated author. His “Catholic Vampire romance novels” can be found on his personal website. As well as all the other strange things he does.