From Fyodor Dostoyevsky, “The Idiot”

tr Richard Pevear and Larissa Volokhonsky--letter written by a terminally-ill teenager, so Dostoyevsky is fully on-trend: First of all, there is a strange thought here: who, in the name of what right, in the name of what motive, would now take it into his head to dispute my right to these two or three weeks of my term? What court has any business here? Who precisely needs that I should not only be sentenced, but should graciously keep to the term of my sentence? Can it really be that anyone … [Read more...]

“Lava” in the Western World: Justice Kennedy and Pixar

Yesterday afternoon I watched Inside Out. You'll get more from me about that later, but for right now I want to write a bit about "Lava," the short, and the weird coincidence that I saw it on the day of the Supreme Court's gay marriage decision.Aesthetically "Lava" is a mixed bag--or rather, a bag with one great thing and one awful thing in it. The designs for the two volcanic main characters are charming, lovely, and just weird enough. But the short tells a simple story--it could easily … [Read more...]

“Doing Whatever It Takes to Create a Prison Garden”: Michele Scott

at the Marshall Project:I am a gardener in prison, if such a thing is possible. I tend a garden outside my housing unit — kneeling, kneading, watering. What I do for plants is very different from how this place handles me.more … [Read more...]

“We Find Corpses: 5 Weird Truths of Cleaning Port-a-Johns”: Cracked, Again

Sorry to do this twice, but their personal-experience articles are such a mixed bag that I feel obligated to note when they find a real, uh, hidden gem: If you were an alien sent to Earth to study humans, what one profession would give you the best insight into how people work? Beat cop? Trash collector? Phone sex operator? Well, we've got a candidate here you would have never picked: The guy who cleans your port-a-potties.We talked to a guy who, every day, is elbow-deep -- sometimes quite … [Read more...]

Corpus Christi Weirdness and Beauty Around the World

Today is the Solemnity of the Sacred Heart of Jesus so we're still celebrating, I guess, Jesus' body parts. Roll with it. Here are some photos from our big, old, weird church. My favorites are the sawdust and flower carpets. … [Read more...]

Three Corpus Christi Links: Staying Catholic, Seeing Christ, And Ye Olde Romoeroticism

PEG says some stuff I can really relate to: “Where would we go? You have the words of eternal life.”Peter’s words here are the words of a desperate lover, which is definitely what he was. Peter almost never understood Jesus, at least until Easter, but he knew he loved him, and that was enough for him.That’s what we need to do. Hold on to love. Desperately. Like a life preserver in the storm. Nothing else saves, everything else is straw. more! also PEG IS BLOGGING AGAIN Y'ALLBad Cath … [Read more...]

“Tom Stoppard Plays With God”: I’m in AmCon

reviewing a new play: “The Hard Problem” is Tom Stoppard’s first work for the stage since 2006′s fantastic “Rock ‘n’ Roll,” and like “Rock ‘n’ Roll,” it asks whether there’s such a thing as a soul, or whether a human being is just “a pinball machine which thinks it’s in love.”But where the earlier play offered a clash between Marxist materialism and the pagan ecstasy of rock music, “The Hard Problem” is a more blunt and programmatic conflict between evolutionary biology and a sort of heavily … [Read more...]


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