THE CITY: CAVAFY

Sometimes I still dream of Merrimac Street, and the loft where I spent the darkest years of my alcoholic drinking, where I first experienced the deep, deep loneliness that formed me, where I got sober. The windows that gave upon the Lindemann Mental Health Center, a fortress-like nuthouse. The bathroom, with its bare hanging light […]

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 […]

MONSIGNOR LORENZO ALBACETE AND ME

Here’s a moment I know you’ve been waiting for: the transcript of the September 21, 2010 “Face-to-Face” at the Crossroads Cultural Center in NYC with the truly wonderful Msgr. Albacete. Monsignor is a priest, physicist, theologian, one of the leaders of the international Catholic lay movement Communion and Liberation, and the author, among other things […]