“Baby’s Touch ‘N Feel Guide to Russian Literature”

via NJMKW:The Brothers Karamazov Feel the soft little bag where Dmitri hides his shameful money. He wears the bag around his neck. It is full of rubles. Why doesn’t Dmitri save himself? more … [Read more...]

Halloween Skating 2013

I know you've been waiting for it! Previous years here, here, and I also posted this one year.Gregory and Petukhov do sexed-up, props-based steampunk anti-Gnosticism:Todd Eldredge is a mummy:This is the only thing I've ever described as "a bit too German avant-garde for me":It's always Swan Lake somewhere... and this one, from Sasha Cohen, is ferocious and dramatic and dark:And last, the greatest Carmen program ever skated: … [Read more...]

A Halloween Art Show from Kate McDowell

I was reminded of these haunting, somewhat horrifying sculptures of birds and lungs and birds who live in lungs, etc, by Jendi Reiter. Enjoy! Be unsettled! … [Read more...]

Objects in the World Are Words Spoken By God

Poet Scott Cairns talks about something adjacent to an element of my own conversion--and, like me, he found this truth in Judaism as well as Christianity. The title of this post comes from Christianity in Jewish Terms, a fascinating little pomo book which helped me quite a bit in sorting through what I believed and how my Christian spirituality was shaped. ...Raised a Baptist, Cairns’ faith journey involved a deep study of Jewish texts and Christian theology as well as a period as a P … [Read more...]

“Material Madchen”: I read “The Artificial Silk Girl”

at AmCon: I picked up Irmgard Keun’s 1932 novel The Artificial Silk Girl at the Neue Galerie in New York, basically on a whim. It promised to be a dizzying tour of Weimar Berlin, last call before Hell and all that, from the perspective of a young, single woman whom the introduction compares to Madonna’s “Material Girl.”Certainly our heroine, Doris, is materialistic in a certain sense. She pays her bills by dating men. Her closest relationship is with her stolen fur coat. (The letter she writ … [Read more...]

Indiegogo Campaign for Film Festival on LGBT/Faith Issues

The Level Ground film festival is raising money for its second year, & I've signed on to support the project. The festival focuses on screening & discussing films which concern, in some way, the intersection of lgbt/queer/same-sex attracted life, and religious faith. I've suggested a couple movies for this year, although I can make no promises about the festival's content. You'll see from the Indiegogo site that many people involved with it are coming from a very different religious … [Read more...]

“Disorientation”: I review a photography show at the Sackler Gallery

for AmCon: Now that the shutdown is over, I can tell you about a small but punchy photography exhibit at the Sackler.“Sense of Place,” which runs through November 11, disrupts many of the cliches of East vs. West. In these tired oppositions, Europe is a clash of swords and horses; China, Japan, or any other part of the undifferentiated East is a lone monk crossing a quiet pond. The West is the land of change and history, the East is the land where life is as fleeting and yet eternal as the s … [Read more...]


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