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July 25, 2018
Life Is Short; Art is Long
As part of our tourist rounds in Chicago my wife and I visited the Art...
March 22, 2018
Halos and Other Important Things
In second grade my mom put me in an art class taught by a fluffy-haired...
October 16, 2017
The Arm, the Girl, and the Guard
In a long room with three doorways in Tokyo's National Museum of Modern Art, somewhere...
June 14, 2017
The Beauty Dialogues, Part 7
Today philosopher Santiago Ramos steps in with the last word (we think) of “The Beauty Dialogues,” a...
June 08, 2017
Thine is the Transkingdom
Jasmine Temple, laboratory technician at New York University Lagone Medical Center, Institute for Systems Genetics,...
June 01, 2017
The Beauty Dialogues, Part 6
Today Gregory Wolfe continues his periodic exchanges on the nature of beauty with Image contributor...
May 31, 2017
The Beauty Dialogues, Part 5
Today Morgan Meis continues his periodic exchanges on the nature of beauty with Image founder...
April 27, 2017
Brunelleschi’s Balancing Act
The story goes that one day Filippo Brunelleschi, the goldsmith who would go on to...
April 25, 2017
When Art Disrupts Religion
: An Interview with Philip Salim Francis
Just released by Oxford University Press, When Art Disrupts Religion: Aesthetic Experience and the Evangelical...
April 05, 2017
The Beauty Dialogues, Part 4
The following is a response to Morgan Meis’s letter posted yesterday. Dear Morgan: I’m enjoying...
April 04, 2017
The Beauty Dialogues, Part 3
Today Morgan Meis continues his periodic exchanges with Image founder Gregory Wolfe. Dear Greg, Thanks...
March 29, 2017
My Bad Italy Novel
February is offseason in Rome, so today the city is a little gray, a little...
March 16, 2017
The Beauty Dialogues, Part 2
The following is a response to Morgan Meis’s letter posted yesterday. Dear Morgan: Thanks for...
March 15, 2017
The Beauty Dialogues, Part 1
Today Morgan Meis continues his periodic exchanges with Image founder Gregory Wolfe. Dear Greg, When...
March 08, 2017
Photos, Love, and Karyotypes
I recently found remnants from college and grad school genetics classes: karyotypes—sheets of paper with...
January 17, 2017
Black Lives, Black Art
I happened to be re-reading Uncle Tom’s Cabin when the current issue of Image (#90)...
December 26, 2016
A Love Supreme: The Surprising Art of Sedrick Huckaby
This essay is a web exclusive accompanying Image journal’s current issue, #90. By Bruce Herman...
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...
April 07, 2016
Imitating the Saints
St. Therese once wished aloud that her own mother would die. When her mother scolded...
March 21, 2016
A Space Program
The tenth item on a list entitled “How to Watch This Film,” which accompanies Tom Sachs' A...
March 17, 2016
Changing Positions: A Meditation for Campaign Season
(With help from Donovan, D. T. Suzuki, Qingyuan Weixin, Wallace Stevens, democracy, REM, Bonnie Raitt,...
March 15, 2016
Diego Rivera’s Detroit Industry
The Detroit Institute of Art (DIA) is obviously not a religious institution. But damn if...
February 23, 2016
Poetry in a Season of Lament, Part 2
Two Poets Laureate On Grief, Detachment, and Finding New Ways to Live, Part 2 By...
February 19, 2016
Fiat Lux: Cathedral of the Pines
This summer in Paris, on the morning before we flew home, I took my husband...
February 08, 2016
I'm propped in bed reading my current bedtime novel. Pausing to reflect on a particularly...
January 27, 2016
Where to Hang Your Grief
My daughters Lydia and Becca, ages 12 and 10, are thoroughly delighted by the contemporary...
January 05, 2016
A Metaphorical God, Part 2
Continued from yesterday. In some ways, “mystery” is perhaps the boldest term we chose as...
January 04, 2016
A Metaphorical God, Part 1
The following is adapted from the preface to The Operation of Grace: Further Essays on...
October 21, 2015
The Rothko Chapel: The Dark Before the Dawn
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