Less: A Novel (Andrew Sean Greer, 2017)

Books

A mediocre life searching for love I decided to read the novel, Less by Andrew Greer because it won a Pulitzer this year. “A…

The Cloud of Knowing (Ellis Potter, 2018)

Books

The clouds of scripture and reality Ellis Potter suggests we can best understand reality by seeing it in terms of two great divisions. The…

The Post (Steven Spielberg, 2018)

Movies

The free press in a democracy In 1971 the United States was at war in Viet Nam, and I was eligible for the draft.…

The New Copernicans (David John Seel, 2018)

Books

The warning signs Some warnings are jarring and immediate. “Mayday,” for example. Most, however, are subtle and incremental, like a pan-pan warning: “Pay attention.”…

Music of None Spirituality

Music

Music accompanies life because life—and creation itself—generates music, and cannot stop. At the moment of creation, God told Job so long ago, “the morning…

Albrecht Dürer (Stacey Bieler, 2017)

Books

A restless craving for perfection Artists, like all of us, are partly a product of their time. Whether our posture towards the world is…

On Reading Augustine’s Confessions

Books / Faith / Spirituality

The uneasy feeling I had in anticipation of reading the Confessions was no surprise. I had read it before. It had stunned me—the beauty…

The Cross

Poetry

The Cross Streams of blood pattern like veins over sheared wood, dyeing the beams red where the rivulets ran, flowing through grooves in the…