Snow Day Thoughts

A series of points too small for a real post. * While I was in Boston for the US National Figure Skating Championships (of which more later!! THEY WERE SO GREAT) I also got to go with Ratty to the Museum of Fine Arts. It has some terrific Spanish painting from the Counter-Reformation era--I love this stuff, even in the court paintings you feel like you can smell the blood. The only thing that glows is the flesh of the Crucified. There's an extremism which I think some people find wearying but … [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...]

Help an Amazing Catholic Artist, Get Some Amazing Catholic Art

Daniel Mitsui should be familiar to longtime readers. Why not help a family in need WHILE grabbing something like this in your hot little paws: or this awesome bookplate? or this? OR HIS WHOLE GALLERY, WHY NOT. Via Simcha Fisher. … [Read more...]

It’s the Feast of Saint Cecilia, So Here’s the Pet Shop Boys

She's the patroness of musicians. … [Read more...]

Sandy Denny, “Late November”

what I've been listening to: … [Read more...]

A Halloween Art Show from Kate McDowell

I was reminded of these haunting, somewhat horrifying sculptures of birds and lungs and birds who live in lungs, etc, by Jendi Reiter. Enjoy! Be unsettled! … [Read more...]

“Wounded Beauty”: Me in America

magazine, talking about horror films and the sublime: I love horror movies because they show me the sublime. I love them for a lot of other reasons too, I admit, depending on my mood. I don’t believe in a grand, unified theory of horror, or of any other genre of film; most genres are a welter of traditions and counter-traditions. Sometimes you want to see evil defeated by the triumphant “final girl”; at other times, by contrast, you want to see that even the most competent and loving … [Read more...]


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