“Their Decadence and Ours”: Helen Andrews

right in her wheelhouse--provocative & insightful: Fundamentally, the difference between the two movements was that the English thought decadence was just a game. Only after intense personal suffering did they come to realize what the French had known from the beginning, that it was serious business in which a person could—almost certainly would—get hurt. more … [Read more...]

“Ivan Bilibin’s Russian Wonder Tales”

One of my favorite picture books when I was a child--second only to Tomie de Paola's Prince of the Dolomites--was a retelling of "The Tale of Czar Saltan" with Bilibin's illustrations.more … [Read more...]

“What the Synod of Bishops’ Document Means for Gay People”: Me at OnFaith

doin' my thing: "Pope Will Marry a Gay Couple Tomorrow, Probably.” “Pope Just Basically Giving Up on Catholicism: ‘Fun While It Lasted,’ Pontiff Says.” “Synod Changes Absolutely Nothing, Unless It Helps Me Politically.”According to the headlines, either St. Peter’s has been demolished by a great gay earthquake, or the Synod of Bishops on the family is a tiny earthworm whose tiny earthworm-castings will be forgotten before All Souls’ Day. Of the making of tweets there is no end.In reality … [Read more...]

From “Infinite Jest”

The Aventura's low driver's seat and huge windshield afford your thinking man maybe a little more view of the sky than he'd like. The sky is low and gray and loose and seems to hang. There's something baggy about the sky. It's impossible to tell whether snow is actually still falling or whether just a little snow that's already fallen is blowing around. … [Read more...]

“Bury My Art at Wounded Knee”: I’m in The American Interest

just a touch late for Columbus Day: Few art forms are as self-consciously nostalgic as the platinum photograph. The Instagram filter of its day, platinum printing was used at the end of the 19th century to convey a stylized, distant past. The velvety blacks and glowing whites could make an image’s textures feel soft and enclosed, liquid, no longer entirely real.Some of the most famous images of American Indians were made using this process. If you picture a stern or mournful Native American … [Read more...]

Synods Welcome: Short Takes on Gay Catholic Whatnot

based solely on the relatio so far since I wrote this early this morning. Gotta do Russian homework but will read the other stuff coming out of the Synod asap. I am but a hamster in the whirling news cycle. Obviously the “relatio” is not official Church doctrine etc etc etc, and I have no idea how much it even reflects the conversations and thinking of the bishops. I tend to expect the worst from them; put not your trust in princes of the Church and all that. Still, on the specific subjects I kn … [Read more...]

From “Infinite Jest”

Of course--the Crocodiles dig at each other with their knobby elbows and guffaw and wheeze--they say when they tell Gately to either Hang In AA and get rabidly Active or else die in slime of course it's only a suggestion. … [Read more...]


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