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Arts and Letters
by | Nov 24, 2022

LOS ANGELES — In my religion, last Sunday night was like celebrating Mass with the pope at St. Peter’s Square. I was fortunate and delighted to join some 50,000 congregants of what I call the First Church of Song at…

by | Oct 23, 2022

When my mother first met him, she threw her arms around his neck and kissed him on the mouth. So far as I know, she was not in the habit of doing such things. But he was an exception. For…

by | Oct 22, 2022

If you don’t understand the virtue of weeds, you will not understand the mind of nature. Weeds grasp their own essence and express its truth. — Taneda Santōka, “Diary of the One-Grass Hut” (1940) There is no such thing as a…

by | Oct 11, 2022

It’s not easy being a drama critic for the New York Times because you have so much heavy ideological baggage to carry with you every time you go to the theater. You can’t just take in a play and try…

by | Oct 6, 2022

Hilary Mantel, the English writer who died on September 22 at the age of 71, was famous for her highly fanciful novels about the Tudor court, including the Booker Prize–winning Wolf Hall and Bring Up the Bodies. But she also…

by | Jun 26, 2022

One of the subtler yet more chilling scenes in The Exorcist, book and film, depicts a priest entering his church to discover a total desecration of its holy icons: foul graffiti on the altar and obscene additions to a statue…

by | Jun 17, 2022

Weit offen die Totenkammern sind Und schön bemalt vom Sonnenschein… Wide open are the chambers of the dead And beautifully painted with sunshine… – Georg Trakl, “Im Herbst” (1913) I Set aside, for a moment at least, the insensitive materialism…

by | May 27, 2022

Most of the U.S. has finally come to its senses on the inefficacy of masking, but in some niche markets, the political theater persists. Last Tuesday, Broadway mainstay Patti LuPone once again proved herself a diva after LuPone-ing an unmasked…

by | May 21, 2022

Winston Spencer Churchill wrote with warmth and humor about his early education — and its limits. Certain passages had a touch of the tremulous, given the discipline to which he was subjected by one or two nasty schoolmasters. Biographers have…

by | May 14, 2022

On the evening before Easter Sunday, the Holy City of the Wichitas held its 97th annual passion play, the Prince of Peace Pageant. Volunteers reenacted the gospel, from the Annunciation of Mary to Christ’s resurrection, to onlookers sitting on a…

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