“Sublime Recovery and Banal Recovery”: I’m in AmCon

sketching: This week I’m preparing to go to the 10th National Harm Reduction Conference (which I’ll be reporting on for TAC), and also reading for the first time David Foster Wallace’s Infinite Jest. The conference and the novel offer strikingly different narratives of addiction and recovery–both of which are gaining cultural ground in different ways. more … [Read more...]

Three Gay Catholic Links

EVERYBODY'S DOING IT.First, I'm in Brazil's Gazeta do Povo. If you can read Portuguese you can get my basic shtik in a whole new language!Second, Slate has another thoughtful piece on celibate gay Catholics up, which extensively quotes my friend Ron Belgau:At the end of October, the University of Notre Dame will host a two-day conference bearing a name that would have been unthinkable just a few years ago. “Gay in Christ” will feature Catholic speakers who self-identify as gay and les … [Read more...]

Small Synod Notes: Not All Gay This Time. (But Mostly Gay.)

* Obviously I'm disappointed that the language of sacrificial love and welcome couldn't get a 2/3 vote.* More disappointing, though, is that neither "side" sought to imagine vocations--a fruitful, sacrificially loving future--for gay people within the Catholic Church and in accordance with Her teaching. That's just not anywhere in any document from the bishops. It's the most important question and it's still a blank.(Do I want bishops to sit around imagining my life? Not necessarily. But … [Read more...]

From “Infinite Jest”

[Gately's] respected and well-liked by almost all the residents, which the House Manager says causes the veteran Staff some concern, because Gately's job is not to be these people's friend all the time. --from the description of the drug rehab halfway house; it's weird reading this book after having read so much about abusive and just pointless "treatment" at similarly 12-Step-only, non-research-based treatment centers in the real world. It's presented with wry irony here, but that … [Read more...]

“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...]


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