Superpowered Feminism

swivel spine

This was going to be a short post, but there were a lot of good women to link to, so just think of this post as an epic crossover.Perhaps it's not intuitive to go to tumblrs commenting on the questionable anatomy of girls in comic books for smart, incisive commentary on feminism and (sometimes inadvertent) misogyny, but man oh man are you missing out.I follow Escher Girls, a tumblr that collects professional drawings of superheroines that have something terribly wrong with them (the tags … [Read more...]

“Give Us More To See”

"But how George looks. He could look forever As if he sees you and he doesn't all at once."

Yesterday, I used Georges Seurat (as imagined by Stephen Sondheim in Sunday in the Park with George) to open up a discussion about the difficulty of pursuing intimacy with God (or, often, other people).  Play!George might approve of my framing a discussion of truth through artifice, since that's exactly how he manages to see and comprehend others in the show.  In "Finishing the Hat" (below), George explains that he can only understand or interact with people from a distance.Entering the wo … [Read more...]

Finishing the Imago Dei

A_Sunday_on_La_Grande_Jatte,_Georges_Seurat,_1884

So, apparently if I host an installment of the Stephen Sondheim film festival the night before a silent retreat, I end up spending a lot of time meditating on Seurat instead of Scripture.  A few weekends ago, I invited friends over to watch Sunday in the Park with George, Stephen Sondheim's musical about Georges Seurat's creation of A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte.  (It's on Amazon instant streaming, go enjoy!).In the first act, Georges struggles to express himself to his … [Read more...]

This Prayer Book is a Stub…

catholic spiritual practices

This month, the Patheos Book Club is reading Catholic Spiritual Practices: A Treasury of Old and New, a collection of description of and reflections on common Catholic spiritual practice.  The book is essentially a tasting menu; each of the twenty-six meditations is only a few pages long.  It's the book equivalent of Lewis's Wood between the Worlds (or Grossman's Neitherlands).This book alone would not be enough to get you engaged in any form of spiritual praxis, but you might end up with a C … [Read more...]

Fixed is not Unbroken

expulsion from eden

The post on judgement and culpability has (terrifyingly) crested 300 comments (but I probably deserved that).  I'll be reading through them and making notes tomorrow, but I won't be responding until later in the week, since there's a highly relevant lecture tomorrow night that I'd like to hear first.  And DC area folks may want in.The Dominican House of Studies is holding a series of talks on the Four Last Things for the four Sundays of Advent.  (Advent is an anticipatory season, but, in ad … [Read more...]

My Friday Obligation

st augustine

The best derogatory term for Catholics is pretty obviously "mackerel-snapper."  (The best derogatory cartoon is the bishops' mitres as alligator jaws one)The slur comes from the Catholic practice of fasting from red meat and poultry on Fridays (and therefore eating fish instead).  In Catholic tradition, every Friday is a little Lent and every Sunday a little Easter, so there should be some remembrance of fasting and feasting as appropriate.  (I should add that every time I explain this, I imm … [Read more...]

7 Quick Takes (12/7/12)

falling knife

--- 1 --- There's been some discussion this week about what happens after death to the soul, but this New York Times article ("Giving New Life to Vultures to Restore a Human Ritual of Death") is focused on a religious concern about what happens to the body. Fifteen years after vultures disappeared from Mumbai’s skies, the Parsi community here intends to build two aviaries at one of its most sacred sites so that the giant scavengers can once again devour human corpses...The plan is the re … [Read more...]


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