Treebisons, Brickchildren

Some really striking, lovely, vivid sculpture from Ellen Jewett more! there are rats! and Brad Spencer more! Via Matt Jones and Wesley Hill respectively. … [Read more...]

From the Orthodox funeral service, quoted in “The Orthodox Way”

Of old thou hast created me from nothing, And honored me with thy divine image; But when I disobeyed thy commandment, Thou hast returned me to the earth whence I was taken. Lead me back again to thy likeness, Refashioning my ancient beauty. … [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 … [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...]

Beautiful Animals Made from Broken CDs

Aren't we all, really, beautiful animals made from broken CDs? Anyway, this link is via the Rattus, and her kind is represented by a very cute little tufty rat. THE SQUID, BY CONTRAST, IS MAJESTIC. ...I'm just sayin'. … [Read more...]

Wooden Orthodox Wedding Crowns

Does what it says on the tin. Via Tristyn Bloom, for those who are--but why?--not following her on Twitter. … [Read more...]

Two Tributes to Mary Magdalene

with two very different portraits of the saint. (Five minutes left in her feast day!) First, Katrina Fernandez offers a sheaf of portraits, of which my favorite by far is the muscular, off-center, whirlingly ecstatic interpretation of Giambattista Pittoni. Then Joanne McPortland writes about her ongoing relationship with the saint, and offers a hushed, serene, almost doll-like portrayal by Georges de la Tour. … [Read more...]


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