Augustine’s Confessions Set to Music? Let’s Bring This Baby Home! – UPDATE: GOAL REACHED!

Augustine of Hippo, Modern Icon by Nancy Oliphant; available here

:::UPDATE:::: GOAL REACHED! Applaud yourselves for the hand you've had in a creative endeavor! :::END UPDATE::: Late have I loved you, O Beauty ever ancient, ever new, late have I loved you! You were within me, but I was outside, and it was there that I searched for you. In my unloveliness I plunged into the lovely things which you created. You were with me, but I was not with you. Created things kept me from you; yet if they had not been in you they would not have been at all. You … [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...]

Terry Teachout’s Long Goodbye

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Terry Teachout on the death of his mother: As always, I threw myself into work in order to stave off despair. Going to the theater three or four nights a week was as good a way as any to keep my mind occupied, but in between shows I thought the same blunt, ugly thoughts that had come to me at odd moments ever since December. What do I do if she starts to fail while my play is in rehearsal? What's the closest airport to Lenox? What if it happens on the morning of the dress rehearsal? Or on … [Read more...]

Beauty as Spiritual Food

The Crescat's Katrina Fernandez has long been at war with "ugly" church art and architecture which she insists "makes Baby Jesus cry...". She has an interesting essay up over at Patheos, where she argues that beauty is part of our spiritual sustenance: On any given day I am too-little exposed to beauty. I sit in traffic each morning staring at grey asphalt; I ride through treeless streets lined with utilitarian, ugly, ornament-free buildings and spend the remainder of my day in a cube. I … [Read more...]


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