Vocation as the Next Right Thing: “Gay and Catholic” Tiny Book Extra

Okay, as I wrap up this series of "dvd extras" for my book, let me maybe relieve some pressure.A Queer Calling today has a thoughtful post about talking to teens about celibate vocations. I've tried throughout this series to flag some of the problems with the way we--I--often talk about "discerning a vocation." We can make it sound like vocation is navel-gazing; or like it's a self-directed quest where you pick which of the million possible paths ahead of you looks best, rather than sticking … [Read more...]

“Rolling Down to Old Maui”: The Dreadnoughts

Somewhere in my skull there's a room where this is always playing: … [Read more...]

Like That Scene in “Love and Rockets” Where They’re All Slapping That Woman: I watch “He Who Gets Slapped”

A silent movie in which Lon Chaney, Sr plays a scientist whose work is stolen by an evil Baron who's also seducing his wife. Due to the public humiliation he becomes a clown (yes) who goes by the nom de cirque "He Who Gets Slapped." You can guess what his routine is like. After many years of reenacting his public disgrace for the entertainment of the crowd, he may have a new chance to love and hope--but will his heart be broken yet again?I saw this at AFI, where the music was done by the … [Read more...]

“The Human Face a Furnace Seal’d”: I Review John Darnielle’s New Novel

for AmCon: The new novel from indie music hero John Darnielle is a moving tribute to the power of the imagination. But not in the way you might think.The novel’s setup is fairly simple. Sean, the narrator, suffered severe facial disfigurement from a gunshot wound sometime in his early life—the kind of disfigurement which makes him hard to look at, which makes other people recoil from him. But after decades of learning to accept his situation, he’s patient, quiet, and hopeful. He’s even manag … [Read more...]

“Duped By Medill Innocence Project, Milwaukee Man Now Free”: Journal-Sentinel

reports: The first time I wrote about Alstory Simon, then a Milwaukee north sider, was in 1999, right after he confessed to a double murder in Chicago.Simon's shocking admission — not to police but to an investigator working for Northwestern University's Medill Innocence Project — led to the release and pardon of a man on death row for the crime, and ultimately to the death penalty being abolished in Illinois.Two years later, I wrote about Simon again. This time he had reached out to me … [Read more...]

Leah Libresco Interviews Me on Vocations to Love

You'll have to put up with some technical glitches. Pretend that we're a slightly scratched record from that used-books-and-music shop you visit in your dreams.Libresco's post; also wow, my facial expressions are ridiculous. I look like I'm made of Silly Putty. … [Read more...]

PEW PEW PEW PEW!: A Lyre Bird

imitates a laser gun. Glorious.via Andrew Sullivan. … [Read more...]


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