My name is Javier, and I am a bibliophile. Most of my reading is in theology, politics, history (and within this, biography), and philosophy. I’m trying to become a better reader of fiction. When I come across a sentence or a passage that blows me away, I want to share it with others. This is where I get to do that. I like how the author and book critic Anatole Broyard put it:
Each man has a bit of the evangelist in him, and when a book moves me I want to put it into everyone’s pocket. If such a book were widely read, the world would be a better place, lovelier place.
A bit more about me:
I was born in Cuenca, Ecuador but grew up in Miami and the Washington, DC area, which I grow more fond of every year. I have a Bachelor’s in International Affairs and a Master’s in Democracy and Governance from Georgetown. It was here, as an undergraduate, where I discovered a love for philosophy, theology, and the classics, in no small part thanks to James Schall, S.J., a wise teacher and lover of the Higher Things who influenced many others like me. It was in his classes where I resolved to continue in the company of the likes of Plato, Aristotle, Cicero, Augustine, Aquinas, Dante, Tocqueville for the rest of my life. These men have come and gone, but their words are still with us, and they continue to challenge, move, delight, and astound us.
I’m also a Christian. My faith is the lens by which I do life, not to mention read. If you’re not a Christian or religious, I’m glad you’re here. Read on, and I hope you like what you see.