“‘Hamilton’ and the Romance of Government”: My take

for AmCon: I’ve finally heard “Hamilton,” the Broadway hip-hop musical about the first Secretary of the U.S. Treasury, and I can say: It’s a brilliant, empathetic example of a genre I don’t believe in. more … [Read more...]

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Five Links from a Criminal Justice System: Modern Dance, The Rise and Fall of Restorative Justice in a NY Town, And the Top Stories of 2016

I'm super breaking my supposed rule that I won't link to the Marshall Project here because you should be following them on Twitter. You should be following them on Twitter! And you can donate to their work here. Anyway, check out their "Next Year in Criminal Justice":The challenge at the end of any year on any beat is to make sense of the great majority of stories that fall somewhere in the middle. What’s going to “trend” in 2016 in criminal justice, and what’s not, and how can anyone possibl … [Read more...]

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“The Far-Out Sci-Fi Costume Parties of the Bauhaus School in the 1920s”: Ring in the New Year Right

with some retro-futurism: As we get ready to tell yet another year to kiss our collective asses on its way out the door, that also means it’s almost time for that annual liver-killing bacchanal known as New Year’s Eve. But no matter what you have planned this year, I’m fairly certain that your party will not even come close to the costume parties thrown by students and teachers of Germany’s Bauhaus school back in the 1920s. more; via WKO … [Read more...]

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Back When I Was in Obedience School: 2015 Best-Of

As usual I will wander between "best" and "favorite" as I see fit. Don't question me!Best books read for the first time (nonfiction): Michel Foucault, Discipline and Punish. No contest.Wesley Hill, Spiritual Friendship: Finding Love in the Church as a Celibate Gay Christian. I reviewed it here and riffed on its relevance for married couples here.Ethan Watters, Crazy Like Us: The Globalization of the American Psyche.Susan L. Einbeinder, Beautiful Death: Jewish Poetry and Martyrdom … [Read more...]

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I’m Coming to Houston! Can I Crash With You (And/Or Speak to Your Parish)?

I'm presenting at the Gay Christian Network conference (see my report from last year) and that's stellar. I have the organizational skills of an especially somnolent area rug, which is less stellar, so I don't have a place to stay yet. The conference takes place in Houston Jan 7 - 10. My presentation is Friday afternoon. I really need a place to park my carcass. In exchange for a spare bed/couch, I would be glad to speak to your church, book club, dueling society, etc etc. I do Gay Catholic … [Read more...]

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“Discipline and Rupture at Christmas”: I read Foucault

for AmCon:There are authors whose work so permeates our intellectual atmosphere that by the time we get around to reading them (instead of just gesturing at them), they’re simultaneously familiar and revelatory. This Advent I’m finally reading Michel Foucault’s Discipline and Punish: The Birth of the Prison, and Jean-Pierre de Caussade’s Abandonment to Divine Providence. They’re unexpectedly in harmony; and their harmony, it turns out, is a carol.more … [Read more...]

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“You Are Bigger Than Even Your Biggest Mistake”: My friend Steven Christoforou

on St Dionysios of Zakynthos and the freedom of forgiveness:as you can tell, Steve has a million of these. Follow him on Twitter for more. … [Read more...]

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