...from Paul M. Pearson, Director and Archivist at the Thomas Merton Center at Bellarmine University in Kentucky, in The Merton Journal: Journal of the Thomas Merton Society of Great Britain & Ireland, Advent 2008: Vol. 15, No. 2: 50-52.

“J.S. Porter’s most recent book is an exploration of Thomas Merton’s life and thought from a literary perspective, and from the standpoint of a Merton aficionado. This book is almost conversational in style, it is not academic, and it doesn’t make any claims to be academic. Porter has spun a web bringing together many of Merton’s numerous interests, what he calls ‘a word-collage of Merton’s many-sided fullness.’ It is the web of a fellow poet making connections and weaving these interests together into a rich tapestry in a way not dissimilar from Merton’s approach in his later poetry… His approach is personal and down to earth, frequently using references to his own experience to illustrate aspects of Merton’s life and thought… [I]n reading Hermit at the Heart of Things, I found that Porter was frequently writing about many of the same areas of Merton’s life and thought that so often strike me…”

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