Elizabeth Stoker Bruenig Reviews “Gay and Catholic”

for AmCon. Really like the point about my book being specifically lesbian rather than gay--and it should've been much more lesbian! If I had it to do over I'd do a LOT more research into the history of love between women, e.g. Boston marriages, "romantic friendship." This piece focuses more heavily than the book does on the specific, perhaps outre case of vowed friendships, which I'm presenting as a beautiful possibility grounded in tradition and not some kind of universal Solution to the … [Read more...]

Hi, I’m Stercorius and I’m an Addict

HI STERCORIUS.I was in Russian class, trying to describe a character from a movie I watched recently. "Он наркоман," I said--he's a drug addict."Он страдает от наркомании," my teacher corrected me. He suffers from addiction.I was reminded of being at last year's Harm Reduction Conference, where you'd sometimes hear about the need to stop saying "addict" and start saying "person struggling with drugs," or similar variations. At first I was all, Oh come on, please let me speak English a … [Read more...]

An Extremely Generous Review of My Book in Commonweal

w/some well-taken criticisms: Eve Tushnet is, as she puts it, “the poster child for a poster nobody wants on their wall.” Raised “somewhere between atheism and Reform Judaism” and moved to convert to Catholicism while a questioning bisexual sophomore at Yale, Tushnet has for the past ten years been the blogosphere’s resident celibate lesbian.As readers of Commonweal and a host of other publications know, she writes with a style that is at once self-deprecating and confident, earnest and wick … [Read more...]

Kitchen Adventures Close to Home: Spicy Maid-Rites

My mom's from Iowa, which means I grew up eating Maid-Rites, the greatest sloppy joe. You can find a bunch of recipes online but this is close to the even-simpler version we had. You can eat it on a bun or just fork it up out of a bowl. I added a bunch of extra stuff, but the moment I tasted that first bite of ground beef, tomato, onion, and oatmeal, I felt like the world's happiest little kid.Ingredients (you can switch these around to your taste of course): Ground beef, a bit of butter, … [Read more...]

“Gay, Catholic, And Called to Love”: Me and My Oxford Comma Are in the Catholic World Report

interviewin' (bookhawkin'): In her book, Tushnet recounts how during her first week at Yale University, she decided to spend some time “gawking at zoo animals”—i.e., members of a conservative debate society. She reports how she “ended up in a long argument with one of the zoo animals, a Catholic divinity school student.” Through her contact with the debate society and its Catholic members, she came to encounter the Church. Like Pope Francis, those Catholic debaters journeyed to the edges, dialog … [Read more...]

Fra Angelico and the Sex-Hating Church

A really rambling post.Now that my book is out I've been doing a lot of interviews, and in many of them I've been asked to tell my conversion story. A huge part of my conversion involved realizing that the Catholic Church wasn't what I'd thought it was. For example, I had this image that the Church opposed and rejected the human body--the beauty of the body, the joy of the senses--and denigrated all sensual beauty and pleasure, from the beauty of a Japanese maple to the ecstasy of sex. (I'm … [Read more...]

The Butcher Birds: Lloyd Alexander, “The Kestrel”

I recently read a q&a with two authors in which one of them, Rachel Manija Brown, was asked for recommendations of books on post-traumatic stress. She's written some really clear & useful posts on the subject, so I was interested in what she'd say--and especially intrigued when she cited a children's fantasy novel as "one of my favorite depictions of how war can make people completely lose their minds, and how some of them come back from that and some don't."I'd read a couple of the … [Read more...]


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