Snow Day Thoughts

A series of points too small for a real post.* While I was in Boston for the US National Figure Skating Championships (of which more later!! THEY WERE SO GREAT) I also got to go with Ratty to the Museum of Fine Arts. It has some terrific Spanish painting from the Counter-Reformation era--I love this stuff, even in the court paintings you feel like you can smell the blood. The only thing that glows is the flesh of the Crucified. There's an extremism which I think some people find wearying but … [Read more...]

“Identity Theft”: I review (and LOVE) “The Goldfinch”

in the Weekly Standard: When we speak of “the permanent things,” we should mean the enduring, inescapable, and unfulfilled longings of the contradictory human heart: the helpless yearnings found across radically different times and cultures. And among these permanent desires, the need for home and the need for ecstasy stand preeminent.Donna Tartt made her name with 1992’s bestselling murder-by-paganism tale The Secret History, which explored our longing for ecstatic release from the self. Th … [Read more...]

Help an Amazing Catholic Artist, Get Some Amazing Catholic Art

Daniel Mitsui should be familiar to longtime readers. Why not help a family in need WHILE grabbing something like this in your hot little paws:[image removed but it's glorious!!]or this awesome bookplate?[image removed but it's eerie and cool! IT'S A SKELETON Y'ALL]or this?[some sort of beetle thing on a luxe background--seriously, you have a relative who would love this]OR HIS WHOLE GALLERY, WHY NOT.Via Simcha Fisher. … [Read more...]

“Stephen King and That Awful Muttering Voice”: Me in AmSpec

now available in full: What do you do when you’re in a Stephen King novel, but you’re not a Stephen King character anymore? Or rather: What do you do when you’re Stephen King, but you’re not a Stephen King character anymore? more--spoilerous for the middle of The Shining, but I like this article. For more on the point I'm trying to make at the end, see here. … [Read more...]

Christmas Songs: “Go! Move! Shift!”

I am used to the Boiled in Lead version, but that isn't on YouTube, so here is Christy Moore. Christmas lyrics:Without Christmas lyrics, but punchier: … [Read more...]

A Circus “Swan Lake”

Must be seen to be believed. … [Read more...]

From Carl Phillips, “Civilization”

...There's an art to everything. Even turning away. How eventually even hunger can become a space to live in. How they made out of shamelessness something beautiful, for as long as they could.(that's the end of the poem and the part I like, but the whole thing is here) … [Read more...]


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