Weimerica Weekly – Episode 42 – The Need For New Youth Literature

Welcome to Weimerica Weekly Episode 42. The podcast airs every Wednesday.

This week’s podcast covers the odd situation with young adult books and Tolkien’s Akallabeth.

Weimerica Weekly is a podcast hosted by Ryan Landry that touches on the cultural, political and sexual topics that fill the mindspace of our United States of Weimerica. The politicization of all cultural and social degeneracy is examined with a focus on how it fits together.

Weimerica Weekly is produced by the Hestia Society and distributed by Social Matter.

Related Show Links: 

La Wik entry on Young Adult Fiction.

La Wik on Akallabeth.

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6 Comments

  1. SecretForumLurker October 12, 2016 at 10:30 am

    Is Vox Day’s publishing unit for kids lit or geared to adults? They don’t seem to publish much.

  2. This was mentioned on Twitter earlier, but to repeat it for the archive, there’s some Old Youth Literature that fits the bill: G. A. Henty’s adventure novels, which were written in the 1860s-00s and rightist at the time.

    About a quarter of his stuff is available on LibriVox. https://librivox.org/author/287?primary_key=287&search_category=author&search_page=1&search_form=get_results

  3. For older kids, Robert Louis Stevenson is excellent. I just re-read Treasure Island and Kidnapped. I recall liking them when I was a young teen. They are even better than I remember. Of course, his A Child’s Garden of Verses is a classic. Booth Tarkington’s books and short stories, such as his Penrod collection, are better than Twain’s young adult work, in my opinion. I am biased against Twain, however. Joel Chandler Harris’s Uncle Remus stories are good. They are also politically incorrect and forbidden by modern Marxist educators, which means that they are certainly good for your children.

  4. Asian Reactionary October 14, 2016 at 10:16 am

    I do believe that a large reason why I became very much of a reactionary was a genuine understanding of Tolkien’s Luddite leanings. I went from “oh, why would anyone dislike modernity” in my youth, to understanding, “Oh, wow, modernity can actually hurt people and ruin what is beautiful.”

    It was back in the 2000s, though, when such thoughts could still be debated and discussed, rather than censored.

  5. Thank-you your work Mr Landry in discussing this important topic, but take my humble criticism. It is not enough for parents and teachers to acquaint their children and pupils with books that traffic in generically religious themes– even pagan themes as you had suggested. It is important that the works be orthodox. This is why spiritual directors always tell their spiritual children to read holy books.

    The last thing we want is for children to read inspiring works about fidelity to a false god and principles. This fidelity would no doubt be heroic in the proposed books, and would cover the dung of false doctrines even as snow, so that they appeared as white and winsome.

    Further, a bunch of teenagers believing that their own feelings about a thing are the measure of it would also be exceptionally bad. After reading about some pagan dying for a cause, they may say to themselves, “I do not feel so strongly about my own faith and/or principles” and then be led away from Truth murmuring, “I was raised Catholic[for example], but I didn’t “get” anything out of going to mass so now I go to the local nondenominational rock band praise and worship service” until they are firmly ensconced among the gentlefolk of hell who in their mediocrity say “I am spiritual but not religious”.

    We should not be zealous to replace poison, with something less poisonous. We aren’t weening children off of opiates but are discussing the art of soul-craft. We should only recommend good, and vetted books.

    Bring back the Index and the Imprimatur!

    For those interested the link is an essay by St. Alphonsus Liguori about the importance of reading good books. Also interesting is his opinion that we should also actively not read when the reading is not to our spiritual benefit.

    http://www.catholicapologetics.info/morality/general/read.htm

    Congratulations on your new child by the way.

    1. Great comment. Criticism is well made.

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