“Merry Widows, Weeping Brides”: I review a costume show at MoMA

for AmCon: In college I noticed something new on the coat of a sartorially-eccentric friend. “What’s with the black armband?” I asked. “Some sort of fascist thing?”“It’s for my father,” he said simply.That’s the only time I’ve seen someone wear mourning. And my friend, after one too many encounters with similarly foot-in-mouth undergraduates, stopped wearing the armband because it got too grueling to keep explaining. It no longer served as an outer key to his inner grief; it no longer si … [Read more...]

“The Dead Hand of the Past”: I Review “Bad Jews”

at Studio Theatre: Jaroslav Pelikan declared, “Tradition is the living faith of the dead, traditionalism is the dead faith of the living.” But it can be hard to tell which one you’re actually doing.“Bad Jews,” at the Studio Theatre through December 28, takes place over a few hours in one tiny (but pricey) New York apartment. Cousins Daphna, Jonah, and Liam are reunited on the night after their grandfather’s funeral. (So big, even Abe Foxman was there!) Liam has also brought an outsider: the … [Read more...]

Will the Circle Be Unbroken?: A “Gay and Catholic” DVD Extra

This is the post about "possibilities for publicly honoring nonmarital sacrificial love," and there are a lot of directions I could go with it.I could jump into the ongoing conversation about vowed friendships, except that a) I delve into those questions extensively in the book and b) I don't tbh really grok the CS Lewis, friendship is about gazing outward not at one another, friendship is a realm of pure freedom, stuff. You all already know I don't like realms of pure freedom and am not … [Read more...]

“This Is Because of Their Similarity to the Human Head”: Orthodox Customs to Commemorate the Beheading of John the Baptist

which is what we're doing today. Commemorating it, I mean, not doing it. … [Read more...]

In Atlantic City, Where They Wed the Sea With Rings

I never knew that was a) not solely a Venetian tradition and b) tied to the Assumption of Our Lady! Super-fascinating.Here's the great Robert Browning poem, "A Toccata of Galuppi's." You'll see that I misremembered it in the title of this post. Oh well. … [Read more...]

Celeb Chef Repaints Pink Hotel Different Shade of Pink

BBC reports!A 15th Century hotel owned by the celebrity chef Marco Pierre White has been repainted because it was the wrong shade of pink. Babergh District Council visited the Angel Hotel in Lavenham, Suffolk, on Tuesday and found the wrong colour had been used on the building.The pale pink makeover had been sanctioned by a manager but local people said it "lowered the tone".It has now been replaced with a more traditional, darker, Suffolk Pink.The building, first licensed in … [Read more...]

“Monk Takes Devotion to New Heights”…

...by sitting on them. … [Read more...]


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