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January 11, 2018
Reynolds Price and Me: The Tale of Two Rhodes Scholars, Part 2
I found myself returning to the work of Reynolds Price in 2011, the year he...
January 10, 2018
Reynolds Price and Me: The Tale of Two Rhodes Scholars, Part 1
Reynolds Price slithered onto the American literary scene in 1962. “Just with his body and...
December 29, 2017
Listening to My Life: 17 Listens for 2017
First, a note: I think this might be the last time I do this. If...
December 21, 2017
My Last Resort
I’m at the beach with my husband, wining and dining on the company dime for...
December 19, 2017
A Theologian Reads Karl Ove Knausgaard
My reading habits, I confess, aren’t literary. I probably lack the training and the gifts...
December 14, 2017
The Sentences of William H. Gass
Last week, one of my favorite authors, William H. Gass, died at ninety-three. He was...
November 30, 2017
The Cost of Writing the Truth
I remember my mother used to go to bed for the day. The blackness of...
November 24, 2017
Poetry Friday: “Saint Francis Appears at the Scene of an Accident, Then Joins the Murmuration”
Reflecting on a strange or disturbing story as a distant narrator can often have a...
November 21, 2017
The Night I Read Flannery O’Connor’s College Journal
I am. This is not pure conceit. My tea (Irish Breakfast, decaf, as it’s nearly...
November 16, 2017
A Feminine Corollary To Machismo? Part 2
My companions and I had overstayed our moment in the bishop’s suite, which was by...
November 15, 2017
A Feminine Corollary to Machismo? Part 1
After the keynote speaker at the conference, everyone in my immediate vicinity wanted a drink,...
November 06, 2017
Arcade Fire at the Empty Tomb
The end of Arcade Fire’s latest album finds the band somewhere unexpected: the tomb of...
November 01, 2017
Remembering Richard Wilbur (1921-2017), Part 2
Richard Wilbur was always a formalist at heart, but one attuned to the rhythms of...
October 31, 2017
Remembering Richard Wilbur (1921-2017), Part 1
It was back in the summer of 1995 during Image’s Glen Workshop that I had...
October 18, 2017
Looking For Release
This post originally appeared at Good Letters on May 9, 2012. Dayne, my mother’s ex-boyfriend,...
October 17, 2017
Lately, it seems, everyone is talking about silence—how they have less of it, how they...
September 12, 2017
American Fool: The Theology of Denis Johnson
Denis Johnson died this past summer at the age of 67. Many have said that...
September 06, 2017
The Tattoo Monologues
Getting a tattoo is not only about deciding what to etch onto one’s body forever,...
August 30, 2017
My Tears Had Names
Guest Post The phone rang. My newborn must have been asleep—I have no recollection of...
August 17, 2017
Life, Death, Bread, Host
Guest Post by Laura Bramon This post originally appeared at "Good Letters" on August 18,...
August 15, 2017
Guest Post One of the first official symptoms of pregnancy is an out of character...
August 08, 2017
The Iron Cross, Part 2
This post originally appeared on “Good Letters” on October 14, 2014. Continued from yesterday. The...
August 07, 2017
The Iron Cross, Part 1
This post originally appeared on “Good Letters” on October 13, 2014. I didn’t know Julia...
August 03, 2017
Smelling A Rat
This post originally appeared on “Good Letters” on October 15, 2014. About a year ago...
August 01, 2017
Our Lady of Czestochowa
Before a metastasizing cancer had fully whittled away her quality of life, my mother left...
July 26, 2017
The Baptisms on Pentecost
Our guests at the baptism on Sunday agreed, all of our friends and family, many...
July 25, 2017
As Petals Fall
“Why are you in the dirt?” he asked, trundling to where I crouched. “I’m pulling...
July 24, 2017
A Conversation with Ron Austin
This post is a web-exclusive feature accompanying Image issue 93. In the conversation around faith and...
July 18, 2017
Necessary Images, Part 2
This post, continued from yesterday, appears as the Editorial Statement in Image issue #93 on the art of film guest...
July 17, 2017
Necessary Images, Part 1
This post appears as the Editorial Statement in Image issue #93 on the art of film guest edited by...
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