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"The Body & Society" Notes Pt 1: Damned...
Okay, I thought I could write a coherent series of posts relating...
Only Loved at Night: Short movie reviews +...
Scarface: Slinky, sleazy Paul Muni. I guess it's ok to totally glamorize...
Off-Key in the Canticle: Some scattered notes on...
On Wednesday I went to a discussion at the Catholic Information Center...
"Slapstick Tragedy": I review "I, Tonya"
at First Things. And I did an extended twitter thread of notes,...
That Great Drowned Atlantis, The '90s
I've been doing a thing where I bring various periods of my...
Rockin' with the King of Babylon: 2017 Best-Of
As always I shall switch from "best" to "favorite" and back as...
Seeking to Interview Gay/Same-sex Attracted/You Know What I...
OK so I'm writing this book, supposedly, about why it is so...
The Searchers: I revisit "ElfQuest"
This winter I've had the true pleasure of revisiting a comics series...
"How the Eucharist Helps the Lonely and the...
running my mouth: In 2015, a blog called Spiritual Friendship, which publishes theological...
Sisters and Survivors: Yaa Gyasi, "Homegoing"
Yaa Gyasi's debut novel, Homegoing, is the uneven execution of a brilliant...
Judgment on the Orient Express
in which I take in my little review which couldn't find a...
Work Is a Four-Letter Word: I review "The...
at First Things: It may be gauche to say that novels should...
Gay Catholic Whatnot--on Russian Catholic Radio!
This is so cool! You can listen to the interview in English...
She, the Jury: Some notes on "Three Billboards...
A movie about which I have intensely mixed feelings! A lot of...
"Free Choice Is a Lie": I review Joyce...
for First Things: A Book of American Martyrs, Joyce Carol Oates’s novel...
Some notes on Advent & addiction. I've said before that David Carr's...
Death by Stereo: Movie notes
Starting with the low point, I'm afraid. Spinning into Butter is an...
My Favorite Genre of America Magazine Articles
is the profile of somebody I didn't know about, or didn't know...
"What it's like going to church when you're...
interview-based, v. small number of people but they said some things you'll...
Let Him Be Filthy Still: "Wise Blood" &...
By coincidence I read Flannery O'Connor's Wise Blood for the first time...
Embarrassed to Admit It, But It's Still Rock...
For reasons I should maybe sort out with my confessor, I spent...
"Secrets of the South/Meet the Secret Society of...
I'm just quoting one paragraph but there's so much to consider and...
You Cannot Serve Both Audrey and Audrey II
Halloween season means spooky movie revivals! AFI showed a whole mess of...
William Shakespeare, SJ: "Equivocation"
So I commemorated the Fifth of November by attending a reading of...
"Fearful Grasping": I review "Native Gardens"
for Commonweal: "Your new neighbors”: Few phrases evoke such a mix of...
Catholic Horror and the Two Theologies of "The...
A couple notes of Halloweenery for you. First, I did a piece...
"Save Our Slums": I read Alan Moore's JERUSALEM
for Modern Age: Alan Moore lives in the past, and who can...
A Show on the Side of Babylon Trying...
YES here I am with MORE about that noir procedural/Reagan tribute fanvid,...
Alain de Botton on Marrying Wrong
via a married friend who says almost all of this resonates! ...ADB:...
Blue Moon: My tribute to/critique of 1985 lesbian...
is at Commonweal: Donna Deitch always intended Desert Hearts to be not...
A Girl in Love
I recently watched Writer of O, the 2004 documentary about Pauline Reage/Dominique...
Barth Behind Bars
So I finally read me some of that Karl Barth I've heard...
"The First Responder": I review a powerful new...
over at First Things: "You can talk to me. I’m your doctor.”...
Talks from Doxacon 2017--Christian Sci-Fi/Fantasy Con
If you all missed Doxacon this past summer, you can still hear...
Rise of the Planet of the Young Adults:...
Hey all. I'm working on a piece about what was lost in...
Hangdog: I watch "Dog Day Afternoon"
Some notes on a powerful movie which uses its desultory pacing for...
"Losing My Child at Easter": Extraordinary piece by...
at First Things: ...One year later, I was married. And I was...
Some Notes re: Fr. James Martin (And the...
So first of all, Christians should not treat one another with contempt,...
BoJack Adultman: A few extra notes on season...
So I wrote this ridiculously emo, "all my tattoos are Catholic!!!!"-type piece...
"The Alphabet and the Inevitability of Death in...
from the Smithsonian: Do you remember the books that helped you learn...
This Be the Horse: I write about "BoJack...
for America: Last week was the Memorial of Our Lady of Sorrows,...
Abnormal Beauties: Short horror reviews (films and book)
I recently got to live out a childhood dream. My best friend...
"Into the Swamp": I'm at First Things
watching a Spanish buddy-cop film that's also about life after Franco: Marshland,...
Cops and Bloggers: Two crime shows
I'm watching Flashpoint, a Canadian show about a sort of SWAT alternative...
Pretty Girls Make Graves: Short movie and book...
Films first. Poltergeist: The last movie I saw before my (successful, thank...
A New Addition to the Very Small Bookshelf...
Hey! I am excited to announce that Gregory Coles's book is coming...
The Cross and the Cannibal: I read "Fires...
Fires on the Plain, Shohei Ooka's 1951 novel of the Japanese defeat...
"Theology of the Booty": I review a novel...
at First Things: A few years ago, the website You Had One...
So Far from God, So Close to "Miami...
So for reasons best known to my confessor, I decided to watch...
Churchgoing While Homeless: Seeking Your Stories
Hello all. I'm working on a piece for America magazine that will...
Cat Fight This Feeling: I watch GLOW
So Netflix made a show about women's wrestling in the 1980s and...
Between the Promise and the Payoff Falls the...
It Comes at Night: This film is incredibly effective at creating tension...
"The Fading Shadow of the Habsburgs": Peter Berger
with a lovely tribute. From 2011, but I just found it via...
Oriented to Love Dialogue Seeking Participants
Hey you all. Oriented to Love, which brings people together from a...
Ignatius After Dark: And Other Bright Ideas from...
Last week I headed to sunny South Bend, IN for "Trying to...
"The Smithsonian Goes to Church": Ivan Plis
has a fun piece on what the Museum of American History says...
99 Dreams I Have Had, Every One a...
So I finally read Michael Chabon's novel The Yiddish Policemen's Union, and...
Alone in the Commune: I Review One Scandinavian...
...then without warning swerve into reviewing another, better one: “The Commune,” the...
Post-Demon Stress Syndrome: Some horror-flick reviews
Stake Land: A teenage boy and his grizzled mentor travel north through...
"The challenges of being both gay and Catholic":...
reflecting on Fr James Martin's new book. FWIW I think it's worth...
If We Shadows Have Offended: I read "If...
So you don't have to! No, this trashy novel by M.L. Rio,...
"It Was the End of Solo Singing": I...
for the University Bookman: When Eric Hobsbawm suggested that the period 1914–1991...
Maybe Stop Seeking?
“A short story says, 'I looked for x, and didn’t find it,'...
In Your Eyes I See the Doorways to...
One of the moments that stood out to me at that Calvin...
What If We Remade "I Confess"... But Sleazy?:...
Wow, guys, this is a lot. Strap in. A Cottage on Dartmoor:...
A Coptic Priest's Message to Those Who Kill...
incredibly powerful: The first thing we will say is “Thank you very,...
"The Long Years After Failure": I review "After...
at AmCon: After the Storm, the latest film from writer-director Hirokazu Koreeda...
Moving Pictures from an Institution: Movie notes
Four films linked by a really depressing theme! Scum: Our institution: a...
Thirty-Eight Films (Favorite Movies from Each Year of...
I've found these exercises so fascinating. Other people's lists have made me...
Mourning and Weeping in this Valley of Brunch
Last week I did a speaking engagement in New York, on the...
From Girlhood to Sublimity: Watching "The Fits" Again
It is the last dream of children: to be forever untouched. --Audre...
Work Is a Four-Letter Word: Short movie notes
Let's do this one from worst to best, yes? Or no, "best"...
Hey New York! Come See Me Yap About...
It'll be a neat little "interview" on the topic, "Christianity Is the...
"Meet the Monks Who Spend Their Lives Praying...
feature: Prayer, reparation, and praising God are the focus of a new...
Settling Accounts With Torturers
I recently finished A Miracle, A Universe: Settling Accounts with Torturers, Lawrence...
"Piety and Hunger": Nice intro essay on "Kristin...
why not start your journey w/Kristin during Lent? Undset was an obsessive...
The Viscerally Satisfying "Get Out": My review
for America magazine: Rarely have I seen a movie audience as viscerally...
"Grandfather Had Fangs": I review an Estonian satirical...
at AmCon: Kivirähk is well-known in his native Estonia. Snakish is his...
"Their Wives and Their Wealth Have Made Them...
Recently finished Two Lives, which encloses in one volume Evelyn Waugh's biographies...
"To Fast Again": Eamon Duffy
says a lot of important things: The ritual observance of dietary rules—fasting...
Two Short Gay Catholic Whatnot Notes: An Apology...
LOL what a terrible title. Okay, so I did a couple speaking...
Catholic Churches in the Philippines Sheltering Targets of...
reports, with good historical background: The Catholic church in the Philippines is...
"Corruptible Crown": I review "King Charles III"
at First Things: The most reactionary thing about King Charles III, the...
Taking the Rough with the Smooch: Movie notes
A couple quick hits before we move to our main event, viz....
I review "I Am Michael," The James Franco...
for America: For I have come to set a man against his...
Help With a Monastic Cooking Documentary!
Hello all. I have received permission to share the following fascinating thing...
Your Body Is a Battleax: Against the Weaponization...
So last weekend I got to visit Our Neighbor to the North,...
"St. Agnes and the Women's March": The Dominicana...
on living as a sign of welcome without compromise: ...Surprisingly, a few...
Nip the Buds, Shoot the Kids: Three short...
A little of everything here. Left Bank: Artsy Belgian psychological suspense flick...
"The Queen of Bliss and of Beauty": A...
I'm telling you, ClerkOfOxford is twitter mvp. Follow her! February 2 is...
"Beyond Religious Life and Marriage": My Epic Piece...
in some of its many forms: Tim Otto found the Church of...
Country Darkness: I read "'Salem's Lot"
After I finished Alan Moore's hulking tome Jerusalem (of which more presently)...
"'Roe's' Missing Stories": I'm at First Things
playwatching: Roe, the new play from Lisa Loomer about the woman at...
No Horror But the Class Horror: Short movie...
Compulsion: The other, other Leopold and Loeb flick (after Rope and Swoon,...
"The Rise of the Cashless City": The Guardian
this is a good piece in the Grauniad: ...Could we see a...
Why Don't Blue-Collar Workers Just Take Pink-Collar Jobs?:...
vs economists who scold men for not becoming the New Soviet Persyn...
In Italy, They Call It "Battle Royale with...
Did you know that there's a '60s sunlit dystopia flick about a...
Don't You Carry Nothing That Might Be a...
Let's do this. Previous years can be found here. I already did...
He That Increaseth Sorrow Increaseth Knowledge: Or, Notes...
This is a great piece but I guess the reason the end...
Calendar of Blood: "Holidays"
So since I'm me, I took the time during this Octave of...
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