Thursday night: the dangers of Patreon intellectuals, how the wellness industry has spread into private education, the feel-good flattery of bloggers whose ad revenue depends on telling everyone, “Society demands too much of people like you,” and more. Sign up for the GibbsClassical.com mailing list for a link to “Intellectual Honesty in an Age ofContinue reading “Preview”
This song is overwhelmingly beautiful. Britten does more in these one hundred seconds than many other competent composers can accomplish in forty minutes.
One of the most stunning turns of phrase in Scripture is the description of Christ as “the first born from the dead,” which we often take as a euphemism or a symbolic claim, and yet it really must be taken at face value to be appreciated.
My thoughts on the election are posted on the CiRCE website, but I am making them available in full here, as well: Man was created to seek glory. He was created to love the glory of God and to mirror God’s glory through the pursuit of beauty, truth, goodness, and holiness. The glory of manContinue reading “Election Day Thoughts”
While generally not one to look for silver linings, the pandemic is putting a pinch on art museums, who have accordingly begun selling off paintings in their permanent collections in order to stay alive. Every museum selling off art to stay alive has started with their 20th century garbage. I think we are ready toContinue reading “Madness… Ending?”
The Shore of Oblivion (1889)
“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)
“The 20th century witnessed a bifurcation in art, where “high art” became increasingly esoteric and “low art” became increasingly sensual. Over the course of the 20th century, high art and low art engaged in a game of chicken, wherein each side dared the other to greater extreme. The weirder high art became, the more sensualContinue reading “Love What Lasts: On The Art Of The 20th Century”