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March 09, 2017
Distorted Reality and FX’s
It’s been said that human beings warp everything that they touch as a consequence of...
November 21, 2016
Listening to Beautiful Darkness
Waking from the Nightmare A little girl awakens in an autumn wood. She stands, looks...
October 18, 2016
Creative Tension in the White Imagination
Tension Isn’t Usually Pretty A Facebook video shows a deputy sheriff getting in the face...
June 27, 2016
Dead People: Leszek Kolakowski (1927-2009)
For Gregory Wolfe The following is an excerpt from Meis’s new book Dead People, published...
June 13, 2016
Eden at the Indy 500
I managed to live in Indiana for forty years before visiting the Indianapolis 500. A...
June 01, 2016
The Arab of the Future
I snuck into a chair while a friend was describing how growing up under a...
May 26, 2016
Odd Northern Indiana
Route 41 takes you along the coast of Lake Michigan out of Chicago. If you...
May 16, 2016
Fun with Circumcision
Every year, when a specific national obstetrics and gynecology conference (or is it pediatrics?) comes...
April 22, 2016
Caution: National Poetry Month
How do you know if it's a poem? Maybe it’s a month, a month-at-a-glance, many...
April 15, 2016
Poetry Friday: “The Grackles” by Betsy Sholl
Here is a poem that silently enacts a conversion. The poem starts off with a...
April 04, 2016
Choose Life, North Carolina
This day, I call upon the heaven and the earth as witnesses: I have set...
March 15, 2016
Diego Rivera’s Detroit Industry
The Detroit Institute of Art (DIA) is obviously not a religious institution. But damn if...
February 23, 2016
Poetry in a Season of Lament, Part 2
Two Poets Laureate On Grief, Detachment, and Finding New Ways to Live, Part 2 By...
February 18, 2016
Everyone’s Waiting for the Victory Song
Everyone knows what happened. Everyone lifts a steaming spoon of cinnamon oatmeal to their lips....
February 03, 2016
Creating Sacred Literature
“We are just at the beginning,” Charles Taylor wrote in his lumpy but essential tome, A...
December 17, 2015
For the Love of Hank Stuever, Part 2
Continued from yesterday. Hank Stuever’s 2005 collection of essays Off Ramp: Adventures and Heartache in...
December 16, 2015
For the Love of Hank Stuever, Part 1
It’s been a rotten day. The Fed Ex package didn’t arrive; a typo slipped through...
December 14, 2015
The Greater Evil: Proscription or Compulsion?
There’s a new law in China, and it’s aimed at weakening a faith. As the...
October 26, 2015
A Good Fight: Deux Jours, Une Nuit (Two Days, One Night)
If a pair of writer/directors exists that can rival Joel and Ethan Coen for a...
October 20, 2015
The Beast Without
“Isaac’s being a jerk,” my seven year-old, Isaiah, says about his older brother. They have been...
September 16, 2015
Not Your Mother’s Book Tour
In my world, a typical book signing involves sitting behind a small publisher’s table at...
September 11, 2015
By Shannon Huffman Polson I’d just put my two young sons to bed when I...
September 10, 2015
A Lottery for Barbarians
From time to time in my unorthodox career, I’ve found myself teaching a class—be it...
August 11, 2015
Happy Pride Parade
I was in tears watching my city's Gay Pride parade go by this year. Yes,...
June 22, 2015
The Art of the Authentic: Bill Baer’s
In 1973, Orson Welles made a documentary, F for Fake, in which he followed the...
June 17, 2015
Wanted: God—Dead or Alive?
If you practice a religion faithfully—faith-fully—, why do you do this? And why is it...
June 16, 2015
Before the Fall of Baseball
By Chad Thomas Johnston When I was a child, school did not rank high on...
June 12, 2015
Sunday Morning at Wegmans, Prince George’s County, Maryland
It is the Feast of Pentecost on the Eastern Orthodox calendar, the annual commemoration of...
June 09, 2015
The Thing Itself: Art and Poverty, Part 2
Continued from yesterday. How should we treat the poor? Among those who work on...
June 08, 2015
The Thing Itself: Art and Poverty, Part 1
The following is adapted from a presentation given at the Dominican School of Philosophy and...
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