Growing Up With Each Other

I wrote a little blog post over at Relief Journal‘s blog about the movie Her and how relationships make us mature: In the days since I saw the film the second time and noted how the film lingers, at the end, on a shot of Theodore and Amy, I’ve thought about whom, exactly, the titular Her is. Maybe it’s [Read More...]

Productivity Tips – from the SAT

Two weeks ago, the news broke that the College Board is changing the SAT, the test that nearly every high school junior and senior takes (and that decades of high school graduates remember with either rueful fondness or PTSD). Over at The High Calling, Marcus Goodyear considers productivity tips gleaned from the switch: No one can [Read More...]

Notes from a Pilgrimage

My friend Stephen started a review of Christian Wiman’s memoir My Bright Abyss a year ago, and finished it a few weeks ago. The result is a beautiful melding of the personal and the critical: On this trip to Kentucky, I’m staying in a small cottage overlooking the pond at the back of Bethany Springs (the [Read More...]

The Sacred and Profane in ‘The Great Beauty’

I saw the Oscar-nominated film The Great Beauty a few weeks ago, and as I told some friends, I hated it halfway through and then loved it by the end. So I enjoyed this consideration of the film at The Curator: Athens and Jerusalem, the sacred and profane, discipline and dissipation—they impress us most when they are [Read More...]


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