Man Vs. Corpse

One of my favorite writers, Zadie Smith, has a piece in the New York Review of Books on art, corpses, and the problem with a culture full of people who can’t visualize their own bodies once they die: A persistent problem for artists: How can I insist upon the reality of death, for others, and for myself? [Read More...]

Art and Sports and Money

I love sports, and I love art. Both are relatively “useless” things – in an instrumental sense – that still, I think, are important to our lives together. So I was interested in this article published at the Wall Street Journal after the controversy around the $142.4 Francis Bacon triptych sold at Christie’s last week. As [Read More...]

The Dangers of Evangelical Austerity

Over at The High Calling, Skye Jethani has written a probing, provocative reflection on the danger of evangelical austerity and the dangers of demanding that beauty submit to practicality. Likewise, I don’t know any church leader who would utterly deny the value of art. Most churches put astronomical amounts of their budgets into buildings, worship [Read More...]

What We Learn

One of my very favorite blogs is IMAGE Journal’s Good Letters blog (which is also housed here at Patheos), and one of my favorite writers for Good Letters is Tony Woodlief, who recently wrote about epiphanies and symbolism and what we believe: If readers can miss Flannery O’Connor’s symbolism, the same could be expected of anything [Read More...]


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