Reviews & Culture

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“Imagine” Is Harder Than You Think

By Charlie Clauss I’m sure I wasn’t the only one excited that the Olympics, postponed from 2020 due to the pandemic, finally happened this August. With cases on the rise in Japan, it was not a sure thing. Wa... Read More...

Omelas and the Structures of Sin

By Neil Dhingra  Daniel Daly’s brilliant book The Structures of Virtue and Vice provocatively asks why it is frequently if depressingly much easier to be vicious than to be virtuous. The ready to hand answer... Read More...

Esther

A sermon given at St Andrew’s Chesterton, Cambridge, Sunday Sept 26, 2021 By Bishop Graham Kings Esther 4:6-17 This morning we are pondering the whole book of Esther in the Old Testament, with the help of Si... Read More...

 Audrey Hepburn and Temperance

This is the sixth post in a series in which I explore what classic film actresses in iconic roles can teach us — and, more particularly, teach my now two fast-growing daughters — about the seven classic virtues... Read More...

Learning from a Craftsman

By Mark Michael Tom has given his life to upholstery. His garage workshop is a maze of fabric bolts, sample books, and foam rolls, with a few half-finished projects neatly stacked against the walls. He learn... Read More...

Grief and Loss

By John Bauerschmidt In 1978, the poet Denise Levertov released Life in the Forest, a collection that contained a handful of poems written around the time of her mother’s death. I encountered these poems for... Read More...