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October 15, 2018
Morning in a Forgotten Neighborhood
The other day it was raining. The clouds were impossibly low, skimming the tops of...
August 22, 2018
The Modern Predicament
You might stumble into a lengthy life through no particular fault of your own. You...
June 20, 2018
An Italian Journey with Auden, Goethe, Sex, and God
Recently, I was wandering around some of the less travelled corners of Tuscany with a...
May 31, 2017
The Beauty Dialogues, Part 5
Today Morgan Meis continues his periodic exchanges on the nature of beauty with Image founder...
April 04, 2017
The Beauty Dialogues, Part 3
Today Morgan Meis continues his periodic exchanges with Image founder Gregory Wolfe. Dear Greg, Thanks...
March 15, 2017
The Beauty Dialogues, Part 1
Today Morgan Meis continues his periodic exchanges with Image founder Gregory Wolfe. Dear Greg, When...
November 16, 2016
What We Talk About When We Talk About Beauty
I have beauty on the mind. No doubt a result of my ongoing debate with...
October 26, 2016
The Debate About Beauty
I’ve been engaged in an ongoing wrangle with Gregory Wolfe about the status of Christian...
October 03, 2016
T.S. Eliot, Agent of His Own Demise
In my last post for Good Letters, I took minor issue with a point my...
September 08, 2016
The New Critics and the Barbarians
The poet and writer Dana Gioia penned an essay for the December 2013 issue of...
July 27, 2016
Dispatch from Detroit
We are living in a world that is absolutely transparent, and God is shining through...
June 27, 2016
Dead People: Leszek Kolakowski (1927-2009)
For Gregory Wolfe The following is an excerpt from Meis’s new book Dead People, published...
May 26, 2016
Odd Northern Indiana
Route 41 takes you along the coast of Lake Michigan out of Chicago. If you...
May 03, 2016
Canada: Detroit’s Southerly Neighbor
Detroit is the only major city in America, people will tell you (even if you...
April 06, 2016
James Tate: Finding the Ultimate in the Ordinary
The poet James Tate died last year. It happened in July. He was seventy-one years...
March 15, 2016
Diego Rivera’s Detroit Industry
The Detroit Institute of Art (DIA) is obviously not a religious institution. But damn if...
February 25, 2016
Detroit: The Reality of Death and the Reality of Life
At night, through the mottled glass of a door that leads out onto the roof...
February 03, 2016
Creating Sacred Literature
“We are just at the beginning,” Charles Taylor wrote in his lumpy but essential tome, A...
January 08, 2016
George Scialabba and the Problem of Critical Distance
George Scialabba retired from his job this October. He had worked at Harvard University for...
December 23, 2015
Repression, Oppression, Suppression: A Life of Domestic Routine
Somewhere in the middle of Jeanne Dielman, 23 quai du Commerce, 1080 Bruxelles, the eponymous...
November 03, 2015
Henry David Thoreau: Hopelessly Discontent
The following is an indirect response to Kathryn Schulz’s article “Pond Scum: Henry David Thoreau’s...
October 15, 2015
The Art of the Realist Crime Novel: From Dashiell Hammett to Henning Mankell
The Swedish crime writer Henning Mankell died October 5, 2015. He was sixty-seven years old....
September 23, 2015
The Holy Wafer on the Floor
Sometimes I take the Host in the mouth, other times I take it in the...
August 31, 2015
The Fear of God, Texas-Style
Recently, I found myself in Texas. Driving mostly. Stopping here and there to eat, put...
July 14, 2015
Beauty, Christian Love, and Gay Marriage
Justice Anthony Kennedy, in the recent Supreme Court ruling legalizing same-sex marriage, wrote the following...
June 24, 2015
Franz Wright: Solving the Problems of Poetry
Maybe all poets are unhinged. There is historical evidence for this going back to ancient...
June 01, 2015
Charlie Hebdo and the Inner Soul of Humor
My friend Justin Smith recently wrote a piece for Harper’s Magazine. Justin is a brilliant...
May 11, 2015
Finding God in Updike Country
It took me more than a year of living out here to realize I am...
April 27, 2015
Jesus: Here, There, and Everywhere
Gertrude Stein once said of her hometown, Oakland, California, where she was raised after having...
April 13, 2015
No Glory in Jericho
I was standing with a Palestinian Muslim and three Jews. Jericho. The ancient city. Some...
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