Today is the feast of St Mary of Egypt. Have an intense, amazing painting.

herevia the New Liturgical Movement website. She's invoked for the protection of penitents as well as prostitutes. Here's the Thistle Farms site again btw. … [Read more...]

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“You think you hold the high hand; I’ve got my doubts”

This works best as an Easter song at the end of its album, but here you go anyway--I love this. Probably listened to it for the first time sober ever on Holy Thursday. Had to clean 14-month-old spilled drinks off the CD but it spun just fine.(I just tried looking up this album at The Fix because I was sure they'd put it in one of their "best albums about addiction/recovery" lists, but the search engine said, MOUNTAIN GOATS--Do you mean MAINTAIN GOALS?) … [Read more...]

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Sublime skating for Easter

I could watch this every day. So beautiful and poignant. … [Read more...]

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Yes, I’ll probably do this again next year.

Happy (belated) birthday, Christopher Bowman. Once again I missed posting this on his actual birthday, March 30, but... well, nobody's perfect.Last year I gave you some of my favorite videos of his skating. I also wrote a bit about why I love him so much here. This year you get one of my favorite versions of his "Hollywood nightclub act" short program, all kitschy pasteboard sexuality. Musical, full of personality, without the frantic neediness this program sometimes had. His giant thrilled … [Read more...]

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“David Foster Wallace and Samuel Taylor Coleridge Had a Lot in Common”

Helen Rittelmeyer: The biggest difference between Samuel Taylor Coleridge and David Foster Wallace is that by the time cardiomyopathy took Coleridge’s life in 1834, at the age of sixty-one, the consensus was that he had died too late. It’s not that no one engaged in rueful speculation about the masterpieces that would go unwritten, it was just that they’d done it years before, when it became clear that addiction and lack of professional discipline had made further serious literary output from Co … [Read more...]

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“Cold Nights, Fiery Hearts”: me on Kristin Lavransdatter

First in a series on novels about marriage. … [Read more...]

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“Some Prefer Nettles”: Drifting Toward Divorce

Some Prefer Nettles is a slim 1928 novel by Junichiro Tanizaki about the opening of Japan to the West; and, also, about a couple who can't quite seem to pull themselves together enough to divorce. They have a strange existential lassitude about it, even as everyone around them urges them to make some kind of resolution.Should they divorce? They're not happy but then again their unhappiness is just normal unhappiness, as Kaname's father-in-law finally points out to him. They have a son who is … [Read more...]

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