January 31, 2011

Clippings: End of the Month Edition

John Singer Sargent, Breakfast in the Loggia
I don't like starting the week out with a "Clippings" post, but I have a pile of links from January, and need to clear the decks.  Don't you think that's good of me?  I promise you something light and silly and inconsequential this afternoon.

+ "To be a Pickering in a Henry Higgins World"is a great title for any piece about Shaw's play Pygmallion and the musical on which it is based My Fair Lady.  I've never understood why Shaw was so vehemently against the happy ending where Eliza returns to Higgins, but this great little piece sheds some light, and makes me want to read the play--which I have never done.  This pains me.
+ I've watched this time lapse video of the March for Life about 15 times.
+ I have never talked about Shusako Endo here, but I fell like I ought to one of these days.  In lieu of that, though, here's an introduction to his work and faith via Inside Catholic.
+ All of Homer.  One poster.  Brilliant.  I would put this up in my sons room, and every time he said "I have nothing to read" I'd say: go read Homer.

+ I like weird drinks but a grilled cheese and tomato martini is taking things a bit too far.
+ Did I already show you these images about Detroit in ruins. Or Philly churches? One the other side of the spectrum: a woman built a French mansion on skid row.  There are no words.
+ Sunset Magazine calls "The Jam Explosion" one of the best trends of 2010.  Oh yes.
+ 45 minute video tour of the Vatican.  Yay.
+ Two awesome features in the New York Times: a 240 year old map of Manhattan. And, the difference between nationalities according to ethnic proverbs and the great minds of the last 1000 years (or so).
+ An article about Sargent's paintings of the loggia at breakfast (above).  The painting, by the way, is at the Freer, which is my favorite DC Museum.  You should go, friends.
+ Pope Benedict celebrated the feast of St. Francis de Sales last monday--patron of journalism and writers--by talking about the digital age:
In the digital age too, everyone is confronted by the need for authenticity and reflection. Besides, the dynamic inherent in the social networks demonstrates that a person is always involved in what he or she communicates. When people exchange information, they are already sharing themselves, their view of the world, their hopes, their ideals. It follows that there exists a Christian way of being present in the digital world: this takes the form of a communication which is honest and open, responsible and respectful of others. To proclaim the Gospel through the new media means not only to insert expressly religious content into different media platforms, but also to witness consistently, in one’s own digital profile and in the way one communicates choices, preferences and judgements that are fully consistent with the Gospel, even when it is not spoken of specifically. Furthermore, it is also true in the digital world that a message cannot be proclaimed without a consistent witness on the part of the one who proclaims it. In these new circumstances and with these new forms of expression, Christian are once again called to offer a response to anyone who asks for a reason for the hope that is within them (cf. 1 Pet 3:15).
Emphasis mine. Read the whole piece here.

And yes, I think he'd approve of this:

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