Happy Epiphany! Today is the 12th night of Christmas, the feast of Epiphany, when we celebrate the arrival of the Wise Men at Bethlehem. It is one of my very favorite days of the year, and I am celebrating by taking the afternoon off! God celebrated by painting us the most incredible sunrise. (This painting is the Adoration of the Magi by Fra Angelico.) By the way, if you're looking for something to read to meditate on this great feast, I highly recommend Pope Benedict's homily from 2011.
But let's get to business. Whoooooie! I feel like I have a whole years worth of clippings to share with you.
+ Big news for the Church today: the Pope has named 22 new Cardinals, including 3 from North America: Edwin O'Brien (Grand Master of the Knights of the Holy Seplucher), Timothy Dolan (New York), and Thomas Collins (Toronto). Also of note, the new Dominican Archbishop of Prague, Dominik Duka, OP, and the bishop of Hon Kong, John Tong Hon.
+ This tour of a citrus grove is just stunning. (Cannelle et Vanille)
+ And this interview of Erin McKenna, founder of BabyCakes, by Garance Dore is just adorable and inspiriting. (via Miss Hale)
+ You've seen Better Book Titles. But what about Less Ambitious Book Titles?
+ Nicholas Carr on e-books in WSJ:
When Johannes Gutenberg invented movable type a half-millennium ago, he also gave us immovable text. Before Gutenberg, books were handwritten by scribes, and no two copies were exactly the same. Scribes weren't machines; they made mistakes. With the arrival of the letterpress, thousands of identical copies could enter the marketplace simultaneously. The publication of a book, once a nebulous process, became an event.
+ Among other superlatives (best movie of the year, favorite Gary Oldman role, maybe even favorite Colin Firth role), Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy also had one of the best looking sets/cinematography of the year. Gritty, and grey the details of London's "Circus" set the perfect stage for this careful, thrilling film. Get the look yourself.
+ What? You haven't listened to The Little Willies new album, streaming live on NPR yet? Silly you. Also on NPR: Charlie Halden and Hank Jones new album of spirituals. Jones passed away 3 months after this recording took place.
+ Portlandia is back! And people are talking about it. Here's a New Yorker profile of Carrie Brownstein and Fred Armisen (and accompanying slideshow) And Design*Sponge interviews their prop stylist. Now that I've seen episodes in full, I will say it's better in sketches than full on, I think. But golly, it is funny. Also from IFC.
+ A Maurice Sendak Documentary.
+ I can tell you as first hand: these are really really good. (Wine Muse)
+ After the holiday rush, you might need a shopping palate cleanser. I suggest taking a look at these 10 fantastic Etsy shops. (Design* Sponge)
+ Ignatius Insight contributors list their favorite 2011 reads and National Catholic Register Contributors pick books for 2012.
+ It seems like DC will never see snow again. One Washington Post meteorologist takes matters into his own hands.
And, finally, this charming video from Miss Sanguine. (This would never happen in DC, but speaking of the metro in DC...)