Creating a Distance

And suddenly, one day, he realizes that a Christian life ought to have a unity: not talent here and piety there, for God is in fact the giver of both and both ought to be brought to perfection in God.

Creating a Distance

And suddenly, one day, he realizes that a Christian life ought to have a unity: not talent here and piety there, for God is in fact the giver of both and both ought to be brought to perfection in God.

We Are The Men That God Made Mad

But the moment he begins to enter into his work and to be an artist, the moment he catches sight of a task, the moment it becomes clear to him what it intends, what he wants, what he plans, he

We Are The Men That God Made Mad

But the moment he begins to enter into his work and to be an artist, the moment he catches sight of a task, the moment it becomes clear to him what it intends, what he wants, what he plans, he

Love Alone is Credible

Love alone is credible; nothing else can be believed. This is the achievement, the “work” of faith: to recognize this absolute prius, which nothing else can surpass; to believe that there is such a thing as love, absolute love, and

Love Alone is Credible

Love alone is credible; nothing else can be believed. This is the achievement, the “work” of faith: to recognize this absolute prius, which nothing else can surpass; to believe that there is such a thing as love, absolute love, and

Done with Steiner, Now Where to Begin?

I finally made it up the mountain, and would like to start to tell the tale. But I’m winded, and not sure where to begin. I know I should begin at the beginning, but I will begin at the end.

Done with Steiner, Now Where to Begin?

I finally made it up the mountain, and would like to start to tell the tale. But I’m winded, and not sure where to begin. I know I should begin at the beginning, but I will begin at the end.

Steiner, Patronage, Journalism, Art Market

As I mentioned, I have been spending time with George Steiner (his ideas and books, not the man himself). The following is from his work Real Presences: “Serious art, music, writing is not interesting in the sense in which journalism

Steiner, Patronage, Journalism, Art Market

As I mentioned, I have been spending time with George Steiner (his ideas and books, not the man himself). The following is from his work Real Presences: “Serious art, music, writing is not interesting in the sense in which journalism

Everything is Beautiful, Everything is Ugly

Presented without comment: a recent post by Father Stephen on Beauty, Florensky, and Dostoyevsky.  

Everything is Beautiful, Everything is Ugly

Presented without comment: a recent post by Father Stephen on Beauty, Florensky, and Dostoyevsky.  

Steiner on Memory

Some weeks ago, I started George Steiner’s Real Presences, and after the first couple of chapters, I realize I needed to put it aside until I could give it the attention it deserves. (Luckily, my spring term ends tomorrow.) For

Steiner on Memory

Some weeks ago, I started George Steiner’s Real Presences, and after the first couple of chapters, I realize I needed to put it aside until I could give it the attention it deserves. (Luckily, my spring term ends tomorrow.) For

Storytellers on Storytelling: Homeric Edition

                                “There’s nothing better than when deep joy holds sway throughout the realm and banqueters up and down the palace sit in ranks, enthralled to hear

Storytellers on Storytelling: Homeric Edition

                                “There’s nothing better than when deep joy holds sway throughout the realm and banqueters up and down the palace sit in ranks, enthralled to hear

The Eyes Have It

Tonight I started The Pleasures of Reading in an Age of Distraction by Alan Jacobs. I allow myself one distraction from my reading… In the book, Jacobs quotes the following from W. H. Auden’s cycle of poems, Horae Canonincae (no

The Eyes Have It

Tonight I started The Pleasures of Reading in an Age of Distraction by Alan Jacobs. I allow myself one distraction from my reading… In the book, Jacobs quotes the following from W. H. Auden’s cycle of poems, Horae Canonincae (no

The Pleasures of Distraction in an Age of Reading

My “To Read” stack is beginning to scare me. Strike that. I fear the divine wrath may strike me down for my pretense of building a tower “the top whereof may reach to heaven.” I began George Steiner’s excellent Real

The Pleasures of Distraction in an Age of Reading

My “To Read” stack is beginning to scare me. Strike that. I fear the divine wrath may strike me down for my pretense of building a tower “the top whereof may reach to heaven.” I began George Steiner’s excellent Real