Brother Thelonious: A Second Favorite Beer

Brother Thelo

We've talked before about my love for Guinness. I only drink perhaps six glasses a year, but I love the black-and-tan that, when held up to the light, reveals itself to be a gorgeous ruby red.And there is nothing better, after a hot day of sightseeing than a cold one of these:I am not familiar with the Job-Recovery Ale that Frank Weathers is currently featuring, but the young people in the family do like interesting beers, so we have become familiar with IPA's and all manner of … [Read more...]

No Room for God in this “Adoration of the Magi”


I really like the way Simcha Fisher analyzes this painting, "The Adoration of the Magi" by Tai-Shan Shierenberg.Is it a problem that these "Magi" are not kings or wise men, that they're not even all men, that they don't have historically accurate clothes or hair, or that they don't show any signs of bearing gifts or of having traveled afar? Not necessarily. These departures from more traditional art may irritate or perplex you, but they aren't enough, in themselves, to disqualify this … [Read more...]

Les Mis: Just Men, Minimized Women and Immodesty?

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Two very different women, coming from very different perspectives, are unhappy with Les Miserable. Their unhappiness reminds us that though we polish and burnish our preferred lenses, we obscure our own capacity to see.Feminist author Stacy Wolf takes to the pages of the WaPo to report that as a feminist, all she could see was the bad men and victim women who populate her daily thoughts; width and breadth are just words:. . .in “Les Miz,” female characters are there only for the men to sa … [Read more...]

Stars in your multitudes, scarce to be counted…

Thierry Cohen Darkened Cities San Francisco

...Filling the darkness with order and light you are the sentinels silent and sure keeping watch in the night... -- "Stars" from Les MiserableNo, I haven't seen the movie yet, but I couldn't help but think it after seeing what our darkened cities would show of the night sky, (H/T):(Excepted from link) © Thierry Cohen, "San Francisco 37° 48' 30'' N 2010-10-09 lst 20:58", courtesy Galerie Esther WoerdehoffIf you live in a heavily populated area, chances are you don't see the s … [Read more...]

The Muscular Spirituality of Leah Libresco – UPDATED

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In its end-of-year issue, Our Sunday Visitor has profiled 9 Outstanding Catholics of 2012 who have been particularly effective "examples of leadership, service and witness in the past year."Three of those nominated for consideration blog here, at Patheos -- Marc Barnes (Bad Catholic), Lisa Hendey (A Good Measure) and Leah Libresco (Unequally Yoked) -- and another, Sister Lisa Marie Doty, of Nunspeak Blog has contributed several pieces, to our Habit of Witness series.It was my pleasure … [Read more...]

An Orchestra Assembled from a Land Fill

The next time your kid complains because he or she doesn't have the latest and best version of this or that, tell them you love them, and then sit them down to watch this:My son's g/f, watching, found in this an answer to the utilitarian types who think beauty and art are unnecessary and extraneous. These people are so poor, but they still want art, seek art, live for art. The transcendent connection to God. The beauty that saves us.I want to see this movie.Related: Dame Kiri Te … [Read more...]

Wyoming Catholic: A Most Unusual College

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Wyoming Catholic College likes to conduct some of its classes in the great outdoors. In Wyoming.And it seems to be exactly the sort of row-against-the-tide school I would have loved to have sent my kids to, if they were at that point in their lives.The school is making a huge commitment to bringing Latin back to life, as students read and discuss classical and Christian authors entirely in Latin:While Patrick Owens, a Latin instructor at Wyoming Catholic College, climbed to the … [Read more...]

What do you think is the best pop song ever?

A few folks registered surprise that I am a fan of Sly and the Family Stone. Well, you can blame Glenn Reynolds for my running Sly -- he slapped the band up on his Facebook page, first -- but the truth is I've always been a fan of funk. Really, who isn't? All you squares, go out!The other day I pulled up to the house with windows open and the CD player blasting "I Want You Back" by the Jackson Five. It was blasting because I am over 50 and losing my hearing, but also because I can't … [Read more...]

The Towers in Korea: What Humanity? – UPDATED

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I saw this yesterday and wondered if it was a hoax:The designers of the towers, Dutch architectural firm MVRDV, have responded to the controversy by quickly publishing an apology in English. “It was not our intention to create an image resembling the attacks,” the designers insist, “nor did we see the resemblance during the design process.”They did not see the resemblance during the design process? The problem with this assertion – apart from its inherent implausibility – is that they hav … [Read more...]

The Lower Lights: Fresh Christmas Sounds – UPDATE


Regular readers know I've been ranting for years about the need for fresh interpretations of our most beloved Christmas Carols; some of the radio stations around here have been looping Christmas music since before Thanksgiving and it's the same stuff, every year: Mariah Carey bouncing, Tammy Wynette keening, Andy Williams howling and bombast from all the new, young singers. They're all talented, but really? Is that loop all of the worthy Christmas music out there?I mean, I've given up … [Read more...]