Although we cannot officially substantiate the following claim, we consider St. Photius the Great, a ninth-century Patriarch of Constantinople, the patron saint of blurbs. Fulfilling a request from his brother Tarasius, St. Photius composed a work in which he reviewed 279 books. These books included both Christian and pagan works. Most of the Christian works were patristic theology and the pagan works were mostly history and literature. Arranged in no systematic order, Photius titled his work The Biblioteca, a Greek word that carries a double connotation, meaning both a list of books, i.e. a catalog, and a collection of books, i.e. a library.
We're also claiming St. Photius as the patron saint for our Eighth Day Blogs. And in his honor, we're calling it The Biblioteca. Like Photius, we'll be provide book reviews on a regular basis - both new and old from the Eighth Day Catalog (by the way, we're excited to announce that we are partnering with the bookstore to bring that infamous catalog back in the Fall of 2018, with the addition of articles and essay-length reviews).
But we're also building a library. In addition to Eighth Day Blurbs, we also post the Eighth Day Word: a short passage from the Bible, the Fathers, or the Classics, titled with a simple question to stimulate dialogue. We also offer regular blog posts, consisting of shorter posts ("Reflections" limited to 500-800 words) and longer posts ("Essays" up to 1500 words). We might even occasionally post an Article (3000-5000 words).Finally, we hope to eventually begin building a library of heroes, short reflections on each hero presented at The Hall of Men.
We've gathered a highly-esteemed team of contributors to help us build this Bibliotheca. Our goal is both simple and lofty: to build a library of splendorous letters that immerses us in the sounds, rhythms, idioms, and images of the Church—what St Augustine called “dominico eloquio,” the Lord’s style of language.