The first time I opened the Gary Saul Morson article on Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn at The New Criterion, the color in the icon box and on the masthead was yellow. Soon enough, it had turned a lovely shade of purple. Now it’s red. Apparently, the color gets changed each month. While it’s tempting to just keep… Read More Working My Way through the Words
It seems like ages ago, but it’s really only about two weeks, I think, that Jessica sent me a link to a Magnum Photos post by Gueorgui Pinkhassov and asked what I thought of it. I didn’t have much of a response then, but I had not given the piece enough attention. I’d like to… Read More A Reply
The biggest problem with a deciding to pursue a goal, such as writing one thousand words a day, is that rules start to creep in. “Just write one thousand words a day,” I told myself, and I imagined that the words might be typed up for one or two blogs, written in a journal, maybe… Read More Whose Goals?
As I typed in the date, I realized that today is the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe. I had not heard her story until I was working as staff writer at The Denver Catholic Register, and when I did “meet” her and Juan Diego, I was enchanted. When the kids were little, I bought… Read More Do We Expect Too Much of Artists?
Today I want to deal with chapter eight of Beauty Will Save the World by Gregory Wolfe, but I make no promises. One of the links I gave you in yesterday’s post went to a piece at Dappled Things called “Purifying the Source.” It was published a few years ago, as part of a series… Read More Filtering Out the Wrong Interpretations
I’m beginning to think that if I had finished reading Gregory Wolfe’s Beauty Will Save the World when I started reading it four or five years ago, I would be further along in my struggle to understand art, truth, beauty, and goodness. On the other hand, if I had finished it then, I likely would… Read More Round and Round
My friend Jessica once mentioned that God deals with individuals, but the devil doesn’t. Satan is content with anyone he can get claws into. It doesn’t matter who the person is, what he or she looks like, and names are unimportant. The devil is concerned with numbers. He wants quantity over quality; social justice over… Read More Who We Are
As soon as I come across a passage in a book or online, I should sit right down at the computer and start writing. If I wait even ten minutes, all the brilliant connections and thoughts in my head seem to just evaporate. I shan’t panic. I’ll take a moment to gather my wits about… Read More I Was Going to Write about Gerard Manley Hopkins
Yesterday, I wrote about how I’m finding it harder to combine words and images. I just thought of another reason for rejecting the practice: it gives short shrift to one or the other. ••• My longest-running blog is named “Poetic Anatomy: Finding Balance.” The name amuses me, because the quest continues. I’ve never gotten hold… Read More Destroying Tradition is Not the Answer
First up: I was wrong about the Madeleine L’Engle quote. I had shared it here previously, on October 3rd. I have since made a little note in my book about sharing it here, so you’ll likely not have to read it again, unless you want to, and at that point, perhaps you should get your hands… Read More Where I’ve Feared to Tread