THE NEW EVANGELIZATION

Recently I read this story about 26-year-old Nick Kleckner who, having discovered that material goods didn’t nourish his soul, decided to walk 2600 miles across America, starting in Jacksonville, Florida, with little more than an ipod and a cell phone, fasting until given food to eat, receiving and giving, communing with the homeless. A kind […]

THE STUDIO AS A KIND OF PSYCHOSIS

“It is important to never forget how crazy painting is. People who buy paintings, or who write about them, tend to think painting begins in the cosmopolitan world of museums and art galleries, and that its meanings are explored in departments of art history. But painting is born in a smelly studio, where the painter works […]

THE FRENCH QUARTER AND THE GARDEN DISTRICT

Here are two interesting facts I’ve learned about the historical city of New Orleans. One: The city features a phenomenon known as drive-through daiquiri stands. People are allowed not only to walk about the streets but to get behind the wheels of their cars while swilling hard liquor!  I spoke to a local lawyer and […]

THE LUNATIC EXPRESS

From the book jacket of Carl Hoffman’s The Lunatic Express: Indonesian ferry sinks. Peruvian bus plunges off cliff. Kenyan train attacked by mobs. Whenever he picked up a newspaper, journalist and award-winning travel writer Carl Hoffman noticed these news bulletins and was struck by how far removed the idea of tourism–travel as the pursuit of […]

WE PAVED PARADISE

This world then is word, expression, news of God. —Gerard Manley Hopkins May 3, 1866 Ashes are out, only tufted with their fringy blooms. Hedges springing richly. Elms in small leaf, with more or less opacity. White poplars most beautiful in small grey crisp spray-like leaf. Cowslips capriciously colouring meadows in creamy drifts. Bluebells, purple […]

WHO’S THAT GNOCCHI-ING AT MY DOOR?

Saturday night, I hosted a dinner party. Here’s the menu: Romesco with Flatbread and Fennel SpearsMarinated Peppers and EggplantRicotta Gnocchi with Chantarelles (except I couldn’t find chantarelles and so used portobellos), Sweet Corn and Sage Brown ButterHeirloom Tomato Salad with Burrata, Torn Croutons and Opal BasilGreen Cabbage with Sweet Corn and BaconCornmeal Shortcakes with Peaches, […]