When I’m depressed, I watch standup comedy. I watch it alone. I don’t laugh. When it is over, I feel better. The latest episode of Proverbial is about jokes, why jokes are offensive, and why you need to be offended every now again.
While it chagrins me to say so, I have my doubts this recent piece for CiRCE will be understood as satire.
Every week, on the drive to Church. Q: Where are we going? A: To Church. Q: Where is Church? A: In Heaven. Q: When is Church? A: The end of time. Q: Who will we see at Church? A: Mary, Jesus, the martyrs, the saints, the apostles, and the prophets. Q: Who are the apostles?Continue reading “Sunday Morning Catechism With My Daughters”
Christians: (pushing a small stack of poker chips into the middle of the table) I bet there’s no such thing as gluttony. Secularists: (pushing out two larger stacks of poker chips) I bet there’s no such thing as lust. Christians: (undaunted, pushing all remaining poker chips out) I bet there’s no such thing as shallowness.Continue reading “A Short History of Audacious Bets Made In America During The 20th Century”
A work of juvenilia, really, but I am moving on to Stoner next. I haven’t read a great American novel in some time.
Since quitting social media, I’ve had all this time to read. Last week, I finished The Talented Mr Ripley. Patricia Highsmith writes very fine sentences, good paragraphs, but is not much for chapters. Nonetheless, her capacity to identify the micro-incentives, micro-disappointments, and micro-delusions which happen at a nearly imperceptible level in the human heart wasContinue reading “All This Time”
It often happens that a single ambient record overtakes my interest for a whole season. Presently, I cannot get enough of Roger Eno’s Voices (1985).
“It is not so much that modern men have ceased to believe in god as it is they have ceased to believe in transcendence. We still have gods, but they are immanent. They are here and now and nowhere else in history or in the future. Immanent gods require a culture of immanence, as well,Continue reading “New Worship”
“Social media has excited our political metabolisms and we burn through a new cause like a bag of chips. Most French cheeses last longer than modern political movements.” -From Love What Lasts (Winter, 2020)
Students: Mr. Gibbs, do you think the Church should have temporal power? Gibbs: Look, if you just want to hear me say something controversial, I am happy to do that. Student: Okay! Gibbs: Then I’ll do you one better. I think the Church should have spiritual power.