ADVENT: THE WORK AND LIFE OF KENZABURŌ ŌE

The liturgical season known as Advent–the four weeks leading up to Christmas–has begun. In a season where we celebrate a God who assumed human flesh and came into the world as a baby–poor, in exile, surrounded by scandal–I’m thinking of the work of the Japanese writer Kenzaburō Ōe. In 1994,Ōe was awarded the Nobel Laureate […]

WEARING THE WORLD LIKE A LOOSE GARMENT

Lately I’ve found myself, apropos of nothing much, using the phrase “loose garment.” Maybe because I have worn the world like a straitjacket for much of my life, the whole concept strikes me as carefree and expansive and new. Yesterday I found myself wondering what exactly a loose garment looks like. What image did “loose […]

DISENTITLED: MALCOLM GLADWELL’S OUTLIERS

CHRIST DRIVING THE MONEY-LENDERS OUT OF THE TEMPLE, REMBRANDT

At the recommendation of a friend, I’ve been reading Malcolm Gladwell’s Outliers: The Story of Success. I’ve never been a Gladwell fan, possibly because I first read him in a 2000 New Yorker piece entitled “John Rock’s Error: What the co-inventor of the pill didn’t know about menstruation can endanger women’s health.” The article was about how the […]