Can poetry change your life?
Sam Haselby writes about the 19th-century interest in the beauty of the soul and what it can teach us today
“It’s Trump vs. the NFL, and we’re all losers”
Beautiful and holy: The case for the traditional Latin Mass
James Madison weeps
Make America Normal Again: “If you’re an NFL fan, you can only be aghast at what Trump has done. His side — our side, the side that said you shouldn’t insult the flag because of the mistakes made by some police officers — was winning. All Trump had to do to secure this small but important victory was keep his mouth shut.”
“too many in our polarized nation have lately developed a disturbing habit of zealously defending the free speech of people they like while working overtime to find reasons to justify censoring their ideological enemies”
“The president’s intervening smacks of governmental overreach. Imagine the conservative response, for example, if President Obama had suggested that Tim Tebow be fired for kneeling in prayer before games…Before the NFL, the media, and Trump polarized the nation and decided that their own political and financial gain was more important than the separation between sports and politics, there was a relative consensus on these issues: Protesting the anthem and the flag is stupid, but players should be allowed to do it unless team owners feel like firing them. Now that consensus is gone. Anyone who says protesting the anthem is dumb is now labeled a knee-jerk jingoist with a Trumpist streak; anyone who says firing anthem protesters is dumb is now labeled an anti-American sympathizer.”
Victorian women translating Greek
A day in the life of a Hollywood dialect coach
Congress does what it does rather well actually
The return of the sacred in classical music
Fueled by demand from gulf states, Italian marble is booming.
Idea: Don’t do a live-action version. It will be garbage, like all the others have been.
Today in things that shouldn’t have to be explained, but apparently do because Americans have lost their minds
It’s been sad to watch Tucker Carlson’s descent to idiot carnival barker troll. He’s smarter than this, but Trumpism corrupts.
Game of Thrones: A Game For Our Time
Great job, everyone!
More high school teachers are handing out A’s. But the bad news is that students aren’t necessarily learning more. Recent findings show that the proportion of high school seniors graduating with an A average — that includes an A-minus or A-plus — has grown sharply over the past generation, even as average SAT scores have fallen. In 1998, it was 38.9%. By last year, it had grown to 47%.
That’s right: Nearly half of America’s Class of 2016 are A students. Meanwhile, their average SAT score fell from 1,026 to 1,002 on a 1,600-point scale — suggesting that those A’s on report cards might be fool’s gold.
When did people lose the ability to sit still and silent and focus on one thing for a couple hours? How hard is that? Are we all infants now?
“But we don’t live on an alternate earth, one in which almost any other 2016 Republican candidate for president was elected. We live on this earth, and on Monday, the day that the health-care bill died, the new president was literally playing around in a firetruck on the White House lawn.”
Is film serious art?
Spanish police recover three stolen Francis Bacon paintings
How Pixar lost its way
The return of Italy’s pipe organs
The bizarre world of the Guardian newspaper
Why do we love Jane Austen? Because of her timeless morality.
A history of Mary’s visit to Elizabeth in art
How religion shaped London and its architecture
“The Ghent Altarpiece, The Virgin Mary”
Jan van Eyck (1426-1429)
Filed under Art, Religion
“Christ Giving Saint Peter the Keys to Heaven”
Giovanni Battista Pittoni (c. 1730-1735)
Filed under Art, Religion
I love this. Shop at Lowe’s.
“As American society grows less literate and the state of its moral education declines, the American people grow less able to engage their government as intellectually and morally prepared citizens. We are in the process — late in the process, I’m afraid — of reverting from citizens to subjects. Subjects are led by their emotions, mainly terror and greed. They need not be intellectually or morally engaged — their attitude toward government is a lot like that of Trump’s old pal Roy Cohn: ‘Don’t tell me what the law is. Tell me who the judge is.'”
“Why I’m only listening to and reading old things in 2017”
“Trump’s assault revealed that the party’s would-be statesmen were mostly hollow men and its enforcers were mostly ratings-hungry cynics. I had thought that the G.O.P. was run by true believers in a dated catechism. But really it was run by people for whom the Reaganite catechism only mattered because they controlled the inquisition, and once Trump’s army of heretics refused to disperse they had no stomach for a fight.”
Too dangerous to cut hair, but still carrying a badge
Our civilization is dead:
Some of his colleagues also didn’t understand his work, he writes. He once drafted a faith-outreach fact sheet describing Obama’s views on poverty, titling it “Economic Fairness and the Least of These,” a reference to a famous teaching from Jesus in the Bible. Another staffer repeatedly deleted “the least of these,” commenting, “Is this a typo? It doesn’t make any sense to me. Who/what are ‘these’?”
Kerry on Israel: An Alternate Universe
Thomas Becket and Religious Freedom in the Twelfth Century — and in the 21st
Turkish fairy tales
The decline of original music in advertising
Tiffany’s gorgeous glass mosaics get first museum exhibition
Cash-strapped UK Council considers sale of $24-million Francis Bacon painting
“The Adoration of the Kings”
Carlo Dolci (1649)
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