Death of John J. Reilly


John J. Reilly of Jersey City, 58, passed away on May 30, 2012. Beloved son of Jean Reilly (nee Harkins) and the late John Reilly, dear brother of Donna Reilly (Dennis Goonan), Mary Spence (Jack Spence), Nancy Reilly Zollo (Louis Zollo) and Nora Reilly, and uncle to David, Jennifer, Elizabeth, Kathryn and Michael, he was also cherished by many compassionate friends, especially those with whom he worshiped at Holy Rosary Church. After graduating from St. Peter’s College and earning his law degree from Georgetown University, he embarked upon a career as a writer, editor and attorney. His keen intellect and wry sense of humor resulted in many publications and a world-wide network of correspondents. His intellectual preoccupations ranged from theology and in particular eschatology to politics, alternative history, and the philosophy of science and literature. He published four books including Apocalypse and Future, Notes on the Cultural History of the 21st Century. John regularly appeared in First Things, Kirkus Review, and had been an editor at Culture Wars before he withdrew in protest to a drift toward anti-Semitism which he publically denounced. John also maintained a blog, The Long View, where John serenely surveyed the world and opined that, indeed, everything is going to be ok. John’s intellectual interests also expressed themselves in various societies in which he was active including The Inter-national Society for the Comparative Study of Civilizations, the Center for Millennial Studies, the Simplified Spelling Society, and American Literacy Counsel. A man of breathtakingly ecumenical feeling, he was without compromise a true and devout Catholic. It must have been his faith and his character formed by it and by his loving family that made him without a doubt the most optimistic expert on apocalyptic movements and dystopias. John explained himself thusly: After long thought, I realized that the most important thing in life is to be helpful. So, I have taken to explaining things, carefully and empathetically, and often at very great length ‘Spengler with a Smile’ is how I usually characterize the organizing principle. The loss of John’s self effacing cheerful genius has left the world a darker place and for those who were privileged to share his company, a son, brother and friend whose absence will always be felt. A wake will be held on Friday, June 1, from 4 – 8PM at McLaughlin’s Funeral Home, Jersey City. A requiem mass will be held at 10AM on Saturday, June 2, at Holy Rosary Church followed by interment at Holy Cross Cemetery in North Arlington. In lieu of flowers, John would have appreciated donations to Holy Rosary Church. .McLaughlin Funeral Home 625 Pavonia Avenue Jersey City, NJ 07306 (201) 798-8700



6 thoughts on “Death of John J. Reilly

  1. I read on the discussion page that someone downloaded them. It would presumably require authorisation from the estate to re-publish them, and that is recognised. The organiser of the choir referred to is very helpful and responsive (as I’ve reason to know), so I am sure messages will reach the appropriate quarters.

  2. Yes, I saw the remarks by radtrad.

    The discussion about discussion forums is fascinating. I thought about participating, but my username from 2006 was erased in the Great Crash, and currently the system rejects every suggested username for a new registration.

    I’m not sure the social cohesion of the “group” is adequate to support a purely democratic arrangement, and the central theses of John’s writing don’t really inspire the fanatical enthusiasm necessary to propel a fan site (for John, Oswald, Julius, et al.) into orbit. I’m afraid the desire to drop out of the Web and “find a group of like-minded men, Catholics and Traditionalists all, who wish to shape one another in virtue and produce real political change” is about as lively as it gets, and is a project suitable only for a latter-day Council of Trent.

    Likewise, the blogroll and the forum member websites reveal a rather passive blogging community; so a webring or informal blog group might be the best one can hope for. Without at least one highly motivated and articulate contributor, a group blog would probably peter out after a year.

  3. Maybe you are right Dave – the Council of Trent part made me smile. Still, although I’m by no means a Catholic (I should have been but it never “took”), a traditionalist (presumably in the Evola sense), and nor do I wish to shape anyone in virtue, or to reserve what message I have to “men” – I still find myself asking about this or that “what did John say?” So while the discussion might not be that intense, it seems to me there is still a worthwhile aim to be pursued.

    Re usernames, last time I tried I got a message from John saying it had to start with a numeral. I think he still had to personally approve new users, though.

    For what it is worth this is another start at a legacy site:

  4. I definitely think it is worthwhile to pursue the same aims as John did. But the apparent options for perpetuating that conversation among his literary following have not inspired much confidence in me.

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