N. T. Wright on the Objective/Subjective Knowledge of History

March 08, 2019

“History finds itself stuck between the two poles. Is it a sort of ‘objective’ knowledge, or is it all really ‘subjective’? Or is this a…

Heidegger, 'The Question Concerning Technology'

January 21, 2019

Oh, for enough knowledge of German to be freed from this hyphenated nightmare of language!Heidegger seeks in his essay “The Question…

Thomas Aquinas on the Limits of Human Knowledge

January 14, 2019

Some Reading NotesPerusing the beginning of St. Thomas’ Summa this morning, it struck me how honest Thomas is about the sources of his…

The Stages of the Bodhisattva

January 02, 2019

“Bodhicitta comprises in it two elements, viz., enlightenment of the nature of essencelessness (sunyata) and universal compassion (karuna…

On Vision: A New Year's Eve Confession

December 31, 2018

In every field, from business to politics to marketing to education, the dominant mode of experience has become entertainment.-- Michael…

Notes on the Imagery of Cain and Abel in Steinbeck’s East of Eden

November 06, 2018

Delivered at New Saint Andrews College to the Lost Generation Literature class, November 6, 2018. Good morning. First of all, I recognize…

Computer Processing and Human Thought

November 06, 2018

Robert Epstein, the distinguished American psychologist, published in May of this year an essay arguing, in the words of its subtitle, that…

Memory #1

April 06, 2018

One night I went with my friends Caleb and Mike to Zips. Zips was (and still is) a tiny fast food restaurant down third street half way…

Movie Review - The Ritual (2018)

February 22, 2018

Rating: 4/5 The Ritual(http://www.imdb.com/title/tt5638642/?ref=nvsr1)_, a tense, tightly written horror film released a few weeks ago on…

The Chinese Leviathan

February 20, 2018

In a recent article for The Atlantic, Adam Greenfield writes perceptively about the growth of intrusive, government-initiated social…

Is Social Media the New Totalitarianism?

February 09, 2018

It is popular to criticize the major social media giants—Google, Facebook, Twitter—for their impact on people’s minds, and the proliferation…

The Writer as a Character: Phillip Lopate on Personal Non-Fiction

February 07, 2018

Phillip Lopate, in his book, To Show and To Tell, gives the following advice to the aspiring memoir writer:Actions speak louder than words…

Coercion and the Christian: Finding the Righteous Magistrate In the Political Thought of Augustine

December 31, 2017

Augustine certainly takes a dim view of the civic government of the earthly city, describing it as he does in The City of God as, despite…

Bastiat, and a Return to a Blog Long Forgotten

August 12, 2017

Firstly, an aside. I have not posted here in many months; in fact, I believe the last time I posted here with any kind of regularity is…

Poetry and Cultural Relevance

September 25, 2016

“Poetry and the Silencing of Art” by Hilton Kramer in the New Criterion, recently dug up from 1993 on the _New Criterion’s _Twitter, is a…

Each To His Desert

September 10, 2016

We emerged from our wooden cave, the shed with flaking siding propped up by concrete blocks, each, passing by, laying down a song sheet: a…

Art That Speaks: Mary Carruthers' The Craft of Thought

July 03, 2016

The medieval aesthetic—and imagination, and memory—was intimately tied up with the process of communication between the aesthetic object, or…

The Fall As a Failure of Memory

May 26, 2016

For the mind, stupefied by bodily sensations and enticed out of itself by sensuous forms, has forgotten what it was, and, because it does…

Ars Memoriae, Introduction

May 23, 2016

For the next several months, and quite possibly several years, to come, I will be researching a thesis on the medieval art of memory, and…

Technology: A Metaphor For the World

January 27, 2016

In Lewis Thomas’s Essay, An Earnest Proposal, _he writes, “I take it on faith that computers, although lacking souls, are possessed of a…

Recollection

January 20, 2016

The summer before I came to college, my dad and I visited Yellowstone National Park. It was a good trip: we tried hiking up Mount Washburn…

Habits Changing Desires

October 22, 2015

“Christianity is the life and death and resurrection of Christ going on day after day in the souls of individual men and in the heart of…

The Horror of Emptiness

July 05, 2015

As the New York Times gleefully reports, in the wake of the Charleston shooting, “Within five days, decades of resistance in South Carolina…

Wipe My Lips

June 22, 2015

Wipe my lips and bind my back against the mast. Stretch my loosened cheeks and jaw with canvas cloth Now, that I may not with fevered feet…

A Dialectical Approach: A Parable for Moderns

May 31, 2015

It would have taken an Eagle Scout to untangle the eyebrows of J. Kevin Pennyworth, as he fumbled weakly at the door of Dr. Peiro, the…

The Truth of Fiction

May 03, 2015

The Impact of the Resurrection On Writing and CriticismAnton Chekhov famously said that the purpose of fiction is to tell the truth. All…

Come Let us Worship (Just Do It Nicely)

April 29, 2015

I am not prepared to weigh in on the immense legal, ethical, and personal issues currently firing (literally) the streets of Baltimore…

World-sized Dollhouses

April 23, 2015

At several points in the Chronicles of Narnia, Lewis seems to hint at a vision of Narnia which perhaps yields good fruit with regard to his…

See

April 06, 2015

Nails shot through ankle bones, back arched into spiking splinters, blood-eagled God stretched against a wooden curse. Magdalene, see that…

Full

April 02, 2015

Knotted hunger walked me through the Wendy’s door, and shoved a hamburger and soda into my unthinking mouth. Only later did I notice the…

A Hologram of Humanity

March 30, 2015

Apathy is at the root of modernity. Apathy is the heart of entertainment, and by ‘entertainment’ I mean not only the film or music industry…

Musical Morality: Nietzsche and Wagner

March 13, 2015

Aesthetics is not a popular subject in a culture that bows to the high throne of individual desire. The question of whether art could…

Joseph Weizenbaum On Tools

March 07, 2015

Joseph Weizenbaum, one of the great computer scientists of the mid-twentieth century (and author of the instantly-famous ELIZA program), in…

A Culture of Death

March 05, 2015

A FloregiumThe culture of death is simultaneously a culture dominated by the notion of “entertainment.” The very notion of entertainment…

Beyoncé and Plastic Fish

February 24, 2015

At its core all art is abstract. No art can walk along the dry earth and feel the five-month dead hay stubs cracking beneath it, while…

Gray Funeral

January 31, 2015

My bare scalp, tight and numb, curls beneath the cold. I hear the pastor’s voice, floating over the muffled buzz of my violin case’s zipper…

Fog

January 31, 2015

That morning ladled no good fog onto the highway. Naked hills squeezed away into the blank color of silence hiding their bellies and faces…

Acedia

January 29, 2015

I’ve spent years looking for my life down the dirty drain of hopes and moods melting like winter, not seeing or caring outside the cramped…

Afraid of the Dark

January 22, 2015

The window—square, with rounded corners—of the airplane was a smoldering, translucent orange, the sun spilling down from the left corner…