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January 19, 2018
Poetry Friday: “The Music before the Music”
It is often hard to find the language to describe the sounds and impact of...
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...
November 27, 2017
The Chopin Stitch
In a recent New York Times interview, pianist Steven Osborne discussed the strange experience of...
September 07, 2017
Still on the Line
I will not claim credit for many things, but one virtue I own is that...
September 05, 2017
Dark Forest on Fire
"We've got five years, that's all we've got," sang Ziggy Stardust forty-five years ago. Did...
August 10, 2017
Guns N’ Roses in This Lifetime
The first time I encountered Guns N’ Roses, it was a flag hanging on the...
June 15, 2017
A Prayer for Kendrick Lamar
It occurs to me each time I listen to Kendrick Lamar’s new album, Damn: The award winning...
June 09, 2017
By Adam Tyler Horn When Dante finally sees Beatrice near the end of the Purgatorio, he...
May 26, 2017
Poetry Friday: “The Key”
I love this poem for its exuberance. The fat bee, “big as a blackberry,” bumping...
February 16, 2017
Epiphany in the Memory Unit
By Cameron Dezen Hammon. The priest’s wife handed me her half full can of beer....
January 04, 2017
A Song of Songs for These American Days
With thanks and apologies to the Beatles, Leonard Cohen, Emily Dickinson, Neil Young, Wallace Stevens,...
December 29, 2016
Quaecumque Vera: 16 Songs for 2016
By Joel Heng Hartse You do not have to feel guilty about loving music. Please...
December 27, 2016
Update’s Top Ten of 2016
Every week, the Image staff curates a digital dispatch of compelling new books, music, artwork,...
September 29, 2016
A Conversation with Claire Holley
This post originally appeared as a web-exclusive interview accompanying Image journal issue 58. Mary Kenagy Mitchell...
August 17, 2016
Florence Foster Jenkins, Holy Fool
By Asher Gelzer-Govatos In many respects the new film Florence Foster Jenkins takes a paint...
July 28, 2016
Against “Amazing Grace”
In a world in which it seems that just about everything seems to be complained...
May 31, 2016
Richard Wilbur’s Poetry Captures Our Days
Last night I read a poem that showed me in a flash why I save...
March 29, 2016
Believing in the Beach Boys
The first church I attended as a teenaged new believer swiftly taught me two doctrines:...
December 31, 2015
To Illuminate a Small Field: 15 Songs for 2015
By Joel Heng Hartse At the end of each year, I compile a list of...
November 04, 2015
Listening to a Stranger’s Story
I am boarding a plane to Detroit, and so is she, her thick coat falling...
October 07, 2015
Life-Saving Moments of Art
In August, the musical duo Alright Alright, composed of husband and wife Seth and China...
August 25, 2015
How To Begin a Book
I’m a bit Type A for a poet—or for what people perceive as one. I...
June 30, 2015
The Dissonant Note
This post was made possible through the support of a grant from The BioLogos Foundation’s...
May 27, 2015
What Cannot Be Fixed
I remember the time when "entropy" was all the rage. It must have been in...
February 25, 2015
I Belong to Jesus
Today we are happy to welcome back former Good Letters blogger Sara Zarr as a...
January 02, 2015
This Dark World is Precious to Me: 14 Songs for 2014
Guest post by Joel Heng Hartse This is my seventh yearly playlist for Good Letters....
March 24, 2014
When the Matches Go Out
When Marie-Henri Beyle visited Florence, that city named for its place among waters, he thought...
February 27, 2014
: David Wilcox Opens the Heart, Part 1
David Wilcox describes himself as a “father, a husband, a citizen and a songwriter…a traveler—an...
January 02, 2014
Look at the Light: Thirteen Songs for 2013
Guest Post by Joel Heng Hartse I’m writing my dissertation right now and for once...
November 07, 2013
Daniel Amos’s “Dig Here Said the Angel”
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