The Demand for Theory

Early in George Steiner’s Real Presences, a book I would someday like to consider in a more systematic way, the author takes a look at the activity of literary critics by explaining modes of interpretation: An interpreter is a decipherer

The Demand for Theory

Early in George Steiner’s Real Presences, a book I would someday like to consider in a more systematic way, the author takes a look at the activity of literary critics by explaining modes of interpretation: An interpreter is a decipherer

Space Oddity

I spent most of the day cleaning and it took all the same patience and created all the same anxious crankiness as a vigorous examination of conscience. But I am sitting in (slightly) cleaner office, a (barely) more organized workspace,

Space Oddity

I spent most of the day cleaning and it took all the same patience and created all the same anxious crankiness as a vigorous examination of conscience. But I am sitting in (slightly) cleaner office, a (barely) more organized workspace,

Buried Under the Light

I recently travelled to Princeton to interview an artist I’ve long admired, both for his technical skill and for his insight. For many years, he was the only artist—as far as I can tell—who was discussing beauty and its home

Buried Under the Light

I recently travelled to Princeton to interview an artist I’ve long admired, both for his technical skill and for his insight. For many years, he was the only artist—as far as I can tell—who was discussing beauty and its home

This is the Window Where I Work

“Every action that is not rooted in contemplation is doomed to sterility from the start.” —Hans Urs von Balthasar It is raining today. And instead of trying to say something important, I will say that. My office is on the

This is the Window Where I Work

“Every action that is not rooted in contemplation is doomed to sterility from the start.” —Hans Urs von Balthasar It is raining today. And instead of trying to say something important, I will say that. My office is on the

In Defense of Crap

Neil Gaiman has said that his experience as a journalist helped him learn the importance of a deadline. This is much on my mind lately. Someday is the gremlin that robs us of our work. He lazes on the backs

In Defense of Crap

Neil Gaiman has said that his experience as a journalist helped him learn the importance of a deadline. This is much on my mind lately. Someday is the gremlin that robs us of our work. He lazes on the backs

Responding to your tools

What is the way of the Lord? This is the question I attempted to type, but autocorrect took my typo and transformed the question into the following: What is the soy of the Lord? And this seems to me to

Responding to your tools

What is the way of the Lord? This is the question I attempted to type, but autocorrect took my typo and transformed the question into the following: What is the soy of the Lord? And this seems to me to