Reading, writing, and E. Michael Jones...
All the time I remind people that I have nothing original to say or write. I'm a hack who reads and quotes others—especially my Dad. When I read his books, particularly the compilation of his monthly columns from Eternity titled Out of My Mind: The Best of Joe Bayly, I realize they are the footers and foundation and framing and drywall and flooring and windows and trim and shingles and paint of my thoughts—understanding, of course, that God's Word is our air and bread and water.
Whom/who do I copy? Mostly dead men. I've read little Lewis, but I've devoured Chesterton and do still. Also Luther and Calvin. Augustine. When talking with younger men and women, I try to get them to have a few great influences and be jealous for their sake. Don't go for breadth. Go for depth. Pick a couple church fathers everyone agrees on and devour them. Don't stop until you're in the grave. Give yourself to them completely so you know their errors, too. Then I always recommend they take Calvin as one of their men. You can't go wrong, particularly if you're a pastor and preaching and teaching is your calling. There's no one close to Calvin as an exegete and expositor, all in one. Buy everything of his in print, including his sermons. But hey, I've got to rein in this post.
All this as prelude to saying my friend E. Michael Jones has just reprinted several of his books and I encourage you to... get them. The substance of most of them first appeared in a magazine I've subscribed to since about 1984 titled (first) Fidelity and (now) Culture Wars. Mike is an orthodox Roman Catholic with all the errors that entails, but I'd rather have Mike's errors than the stuff being written and said by almost any famous Reformed man today. Mike's original and unflinching in his cultural analysis and prophetic calls.
Start with three: Degenerate Moderns: Modernity as Rationalized Sexual Misbehavior; Dionysos Rising: The Birth of Cultural Revolution out of the Spirit of Music; and Libido Dominandi: Sexual Liberation and Political Control. A couple weeks ago, a dear friend wanted to read one of these and could only find it for sale for several hundred dollars on Amazon. Now you can get each of them for about twenty-five dollars. Do so!