“Something That God Has Allowed To Happen:” NPR Interviews The Sisters of Mary, Queen of the Apostles


This “Morning Edition” piece on Missouri’s singing nuns is almost impossibly charming. Almost. When the sisters of Benedictines of Mary, Queen of the Apostles aren’t hard at work on the monastery grounds, they’re topping the charts with albums of sacred music. The group’s Angels and Saints at Epheseus topped the Billboard classical charts, and now it’s releasing its latest, Lent at Epheseus. [Read More...]

Summa Shorts: “Danny and Annie”

Danny and Annie

I’ve shared StoryCorps and their unusual shorts with folks in the past, and the response is pretty much universal: “Pass the Kleenex. STAT!” “An independent nonprofit whose mission is to provide Americans of all backgrounds and beliefs with the opportunity to record, share, and preserve the stories of our lives,” their shorts aren’t particularly dazzling from a [Read More...]

Animated Anticipation


I’m taking the Top Five to see The LEGO Movie this afternoon. It’s been on the agenda since they saw their first trailer months ago. (Cool story: Sean wandered into the living room a few weeks ago when I was making some point to Sarah regarding Avicii’s “Wake Me Up” and said: “Hey! That’s the [Read More...]

They’re Back!


They’re back! No, no. Not the poltergeists. I hate horror, remember? The Boys in Blue! They’re back! The excitement has shifted to Arizona, where Dodgers pitchers and catchers reported to Spring Training on Saturday. The first battery workout at Camelback Ranch-Glendale will be Sunday. Position players report next Thursday, with the first full-squad workout scheduled for [Read More...]

Streaming Suggestion: “The Apartment”


Lacunae Cinemae. Margaret Cabaniss, my long-time friend (and long-suffering editor), helped me coin the faux-term a few days ago, and I love it. Just the right amount of pretension and accuracy, because a) it’s Latin-ish, and b) actually describes what I’m thinking about to a “T:” Movies that flit past on the outskirts of your cinematic [Read More...]

Mike Holmes’ Extraordinary Self-Portraits


A friend sent me this charming link, courtesy of NPR’s Robert Krulwich. It’s been making the InterWeb rounds over the last few months, but just in case you haven’t haven’t yet clicked on it as it floated past, I’m giving you another opportunity. We start with a man called Mike and a cat called Ella. [Read More...]

A Sick Note for the Ages

The Old Brick Layer. Photograph by Gertrude Jekyll. Old West Surrey (1904).

This tune’s been stuck in my head for a few days now, so I’m sharing. But let me be clear on one thing: It’s not stuck in my head because my job is anything like this. Not even metaphorically. (Well, not very metaphorically, anyway.) And it’s not (to the best of my knowledge) triggered by [Read More...]

Nerds Are So Cute When They’re Excited


A couple weeks ago, Marvel Entertainment and Star Wars had the following exchange on Twitter. Truly, these are my people. (Just to be clear, we’re talking about actual tweets here. It’s not one of those “If Downton Took Place on Facebook” sorts of things, created after the fact; this one actually happened. Yes, yes. They’re PR accounts. [Read More...]

Summa Shorts: “Father and Daughter”


Fresh off announcing a recurring feature last week — the sort of think that’s colloquially known in my house as “Papa biting off more than he can chew” — I’m apparently (and recklessly) ready for another. Starting today (and every subsequent Monday), I’m going to post a short film. Because I love shorts. And because [Read More...]

Vittorio De Sica, David O. Selznick, and the Question of Cinema


A few months ago, I had the opportunity to participate in an online discussion with some friends (and fellow cinophiles) featuring one of my all-time favorite films: Vittorio De Sica’s legendary Bicycle Thieves. It was a great conversation overall, as one might expect from a group that just finished watching what I consider to be [Read More...]