Funding the Arts

Alan Jacobs quotes a blog post by Ted Gioia concerning effective use of philanthropic funding in the arts. Gioia’s idea is that Big Arts fund more humanists (artists, writers musicians) at moderate levels (he suggests $50,000/year) as a more effective means of changing the arts climate in the US than the current megagrant lottery pool.…

Wash, Rinse…

Every few years I recall how I appreciated the typeface that was used on titling on the journal New Testament Studies until its redesign about fifteen years ago; and every few years I wonder what typeface that was; and every few years I spend a few hours tracking it down. And every few years, I…

Black Theologies, and According to Whom?

I haven’t gotten to the end of this essay yet, but in the first portion of the essay Dorrien has provided a readable account of Black theology in the US that’s unusually acute and sympathetic (for popular white-folks media). Regrettably, the article [so far] shows no attention to Black theology outwith the US — understandable…

No Plums, No Wheelbarrows

I’m not much on modern poetry — to be fair, I’m a reluctant reader of poetry altogether, mea culpa, mea culpa — so I almost skipped over a link from @incunabula noting that a student from Oxford (as in, ‘Oxford College, Emory University,’ not ‘the University of Oxford’) had discovered an unpublished manuscript in the…

Without Morbidity

Death seems to be on my mind lately — can’t imagine why — and one of the things about which I muse at such times involves a mixtape, a playlist of music I’d like to distribute, or disseminate via streaming services, for after (so to speak). My particular flavour of autism involves a generally stolid…

Accountability

I’m having a hard time bearing down and getting things done, and Holy Week and the new term are looming on the horizon, so I’m back to the blog to mark out a degree of accountability. (Running accountability is moot, now, since I run my two miles almost without exception so long as I’m at…

British Saturday Time

I slept later than usual this morning, and Margaret and I had been talking about the time change — so through the power of post-hypnotic [‘hypnos’ in the Greek sense of ‘sleep’] suggestion, I spent the first half of my run assuming that clocks had changed. So I was thinking, ‘Today is Sunday, but what…