reserved for pilgrims climbing on their knees

Oratoire Saint-Joseph du Mont-Royal Montréal, Québec, Canada At Christmas, we celebrate God becoming man—the bishop pointed at the doors at the back of the church—and at Pentecost, after Ascension, we celebrate man becoming divine, he said, pointing now at the communion rail. And this is our Catholic Christian life, he went on. Jesus opens theContinue reading “reserved for pilgrims climbing on their knees”

dénouement

catherineaddington: My next-door neighbor speaks pointed BBC English. I’ve met her only once, this morning, as I was heading out for the day and she was carting out the week’s trash. She knew me as the foreigner, and greeted me in kind, and I was startled by how unstartling that tone was in my earsContinue reading “dénouement”

The Mythical Founding of Club Atlético Independiente

At first the group met in the Degiorgi family’s home in upscale Recoleta, but decided to officially establish the club at the Monserrat home of another early member, Daniel Bevilacqua, on January 1, 1905. The club’s immediate orders of business were to elect a first president (the commanding, mustachioed goalkeeper Arístides Langone); select their colorsContinue reading “The Mythical Founding of Club Atlético Independiente”

lorica

When social-media star Essena O’Neill deleted all her accounts this week, she made an ironic splash. She re-edited captions on her Instagram posts: a bikini shot on the beach was now about starvation and obsession, a casual pose by the pool was about how she was paid to wear that dress. She made a videoContinue reading “lorica”

accumulating “small acts of self-respect”

My friend Amanda made a video today about the process of learning self-love. I encourage you to watch it, and hear her thoughts before I ramble into mine. I’ve always found Amanda to be a generous companion when it comes to learning things that can seem nebulous at first. Whether that’s her willingness to take timeContinue reading “accumulating “small acts of self-respect””

Dios y los Diez: The Mythologization of Diego Maradona and Lionel Messi in Contemporary Argentina

Argentine soccer players Diego Maradona and Lionel Messi have been subject to similar cultural phenomena, from national identity politics to Catholic imagery, despite wildly contrasting personal contexts. Their subjection to the tropes in question is not an overwhelming natural outpouring of the sport, the country, or the players themselves, but a function of cultural expressionContinue reading “Dios y los Diez: The Mythologization of Diego Maradona and Lionel Messi in Contemporary Argentina”

dénouement

My next-door neighbor speaks pointed BBC English. I’ve met her only once, this morning, as I was heading out for the day and she was carting out the week’s trash. She knew me as the foreigner, and greeted me in kind, and I was startled by how unstartling that tone was in my ears again.Continue reading “dénouement”

silver and plata

One of the themes that came up in discussion with Santiago Porter tonight was his work as a photojournalist. He was constantly drawing distinctions between photography and photojournalism, and how he sees photojournalism as responding to editorial needs rather than being conducted by the priorities of the creator alone. It’s a bit of an artisticallyContinue reading “silver and plata”

magnolias can bloom

This is a picture of what I thought, until today, all magnolias looked like. It’s a magnolia grandiflora, or the Southern magnolia as it’s mostly called, native to the southeastern United States. The one that was in my backyard in Alexandria, Virginia, until I was eleven or so, was probably among the northernmost. And IContinue reading “magnolias can bloom”

Hamilton at the Public

I’ve had this in my drafts for over a month because I’ve been thinking that long about how to convey how much this means to me, but I can’t, so I’ll just list a couple of details. A few days into previews for Hamilton at The Public, a show that has been so ravely reviewed thatContinue reading “Hamilton at the Public”

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