Two Great Tastes…

We all know, I suppose, that grief comes at us in unpredictable ways. I’ve certainly felt much sadness since my unexpected departure from St Stephen’s House — partly from giving up the work that I had expected to continue indefinitely, partly since this means I may need to leave the home I’ve grown into (Margaret…

Blogs, Blogging, Networks, Genre

Yesterday Alan Jacobs quoted Robin Sloan’s recent post about blogs and social media and so on. Jacobs’s post mostly applauds Sloan’s (for good reason); I was struck by a couple of the points Sloan makes, that Jacobs likes. First, Sloan observes that ‘Publishing on the internet is a solved problem; finding each other on the…

A Million Pageviews…

Well, not pageviews, but image views: apparently my Flickr feed is closing in on a million views, which strikes me as weird in a number of ways. Most obviously, although I catch a striking image from time to time, that’s mostly by virtue of taking a lot of photos — I’m not a great photographer,…

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a student from Oxford (as in, ‘Oxford College, Emory University,’ not ‘the University of Oxford’) had discovered an unpublished manuscript in the…