Seven Extremely Quick Takes

5 years ago with 1 comment
1: I was just going to take a whole post to say this, but I thought that would be cruel. So I’ll take 1/7 of a post to say it: effective immediately, I will be posting on Sundays instead of Fridays. I’m working on something large & rambling that I really hope will be done by Sunday, and if it is, that’ll be my first Sunday post. 2: This soundtrack is gorgeous, and if my ...

New Track: Agony Trumpet

5 years ago with no comments
What good is having your own blog if you can’t self-promote a little bit? When I’m not sequestering myself in my room to write, I like to sequester myself in my room to make music. Here’s my latest. Share and enjoy. Happy Sunday!


6 years ago with 5 comments
Dear Readers, I love winter, for the first two weeks. After that it seems like a long slog through bleakness. It’s hard to be enthusiastic about life when the landscape itself is so clearly hostile to you. By this point, though, the snow is piled high, and the thought of spring is less like the thought of an absent friend and more like the remembrance of a legend. Will the world be ...

Seven Quick Takes, Vol. 7: Procrastination Edition

6 years ago with 35 comments
1 – Excuse #1 I didn’t write anything last week because I spent most of the day at [a high school] in Rhode Island, a Catholic all-boys’ school where I was invited as a guest speaker to four theology classes, all composed of juniors and seniors. It was great fun to put my teaching hat back on — teaching, I maintain, is a branch of performance art — and I was ...

What Is Sex, Part I: Secret Sauce

6 years ago with 16 comments
“The male you could have escaped, for it exists only on the biological level. But the masculine none of us can escape. What is above and beyond all things is so masculine that we are all feminine in relation to it. You had better agree with your adversary quickly.” “You mean I shall have to become a Christian?” said Jane. “It looks like it,” said the ...

The Voice Of the Human Heart

7 years ago with 7 comments
My review of Iris DeMent’s latest, Sing the Delta, is up at Catholic Exchange. Check it out and, gosh, listen to Iris DeMent! She’s the kind of artist who permanently adds to your life something that wasn’t there before.

Marriage Good, Virginity Better

8 years ago with 5 comments
Yes, maybe. Anyway that is the point pondered in Mark Shea’s recent and sort of Chestertonian post over at NCR. Excerpt: The Church recognizes that sex is a sign, not the reality. It is sacramental, but it is never proposed as the sacrament of the altar…That’s not because sex is impure. It’s because sex is a raging fire that will burn out of control once you remove it from ...