Archives for February 11, 2012

Against the deliberate “integration” of faith and art

Thanks to a Tweet from Image, I read an interview this morning with Wayne Roosa, an artist and art historian, in First Things. And I came across some words that were stronger than espresso. They woke me up and drove me to concentrate. … [Read more...]

How do you define "kitsch"?

How do you define "kitsch"?If your answer is "A savory, open-faced pastry crust pie with a savory custard filling of cheese, meat and vegetables," then you need to consult a dictionary.Conversations about kitsch are tricky business. What exactly is it? Can any art that makes you feel warm and fuzzy be called "kitsch"?Usually, when the subject comes up, I end up going back to Gregory Wolfe's editorial on the work of Thomas Kinkade. It's always helpful.Today, thanks to a Tweet and … [Read more...]

My own thoughts on The Help, shared by an unlikely critic

Somebody agrees with me about The Help! “If you were to come to me and say that you were ambivalent because you felt the writing was not balanced… that you felt — like with Aibileen and Minny and Yule May and Constantine — that you didn’t feel there were a lot of colors to the character, that their humanity was not explored… that you saw just a blank, flat unrealistic stereotype… then I would go with you. I think that is a fair criticism.” Guess who said that.  … [Read more...]