Recent Content

A short essay rebutting the notion that artists ought to focus on things like ‘winning the culture war’/treat beauty as a means instead of a proper end

A short story about a young composer working on a new piece of music during a New Year’s weekend

A review of Scott Brignac’s feature length debut, “Playing God”

Verse-translations of “La donna del sarcofago,” “La naiade,” and “O falce di luna calante”

Three short poems: “A Hero Long-Returned,” “A Strip of Clouds,” and “A Statue of a Saint

A review of Netflix’s America: The Motion Picture (2021) 

Short poem.

A short story about a child’s fateful love for the forest behind his house. 

A short essay about an obscure German novel of the First World War, the tragic life of its (till recently anonymous) author, and literary evanescence. 

Two poems. 

Two short poems.

Short poem.

Two poems by August Heinrich Hoffman von Fallersleben.  

Three short poems

Short poem.

Three poems.

A prose poem/short story/fairy tale about a boatman and a madman. 

Four short poems.

Three poems by Clemens Brentano.

Longish poem, partially derived from imagery in Jeremy Taylor’s Holy Living and Holy Dying

Four short poems.

Short poem.

Four poems by Gabriele D’Annunzio: “La statua,” “Un sogno,” “Lasciami! Lascia ch’io respiri,” and “Arcano!”

Two poems, one mentioning (once again!) my favorite flower and the other, a shorter optimistic piece.   

An essay in defense of contemporary art arguing, among other things, that it is to premodern art what Catholicism is to paganism by reason of a kindred birth and intertwined dialectical development. This is a longer piece than usual, clocking in at a little over 8k words and it’s loaded with all sorts of stuff: liturgical theology, archaeology, interior design, a mad artist, a mysterious monk, Plato, Hegel, Agamben, Aristotle, Xenophon, Wilde (obviously), Duchamp, golden peacocks, Roger Scruton, and so on. Read it, you won’t be disappointed.    

A chant royal, my 13th contribution to New English Review, which arrives at the anniversary of my first (coincidentally, also a chant royal).  

Six couplets. (Note: Contrary to what you might think based on the image that the editor chose to accompany the poem, the poem is not about the death of a child.)

A short, three stanza poem. 

A short, somewhat ecstatic poem that in the broadest terms represents my understanding of the Trinity’s relation to history. Since a few people have asked, I should note that it’s not written in a traditional form, but one I invented for the sake of the poem.  

A short poem. It’s not as gnostic as it seems, (I promise). I’ll probably rework it at some point before putting it in the collection.

A short (less than 2k) review of Joker, which examines the film from the perspective of Epstein/Freud/Lacan. Notable Features: substantial excerpts, big lashings of purple prose.     

Earlier this year, Martin Hägglund, a Swedish-born philosopher teaching at Yale came out with a remarkable book, This Life: Secular Faith and Spiritual Freedom, which argued by means of an “immanent” critique of Augustine, Kierkegaard, Eckhart, and other pious heavyweights that “secular faith” and  “spiritual freedom” (secular faith’s correspondent politics) are tenable and worthwhile things that reasonable people ought to adopt in favor of religious faith and spiritual submission. In Church Life, a delightful journal published by the University of Notre Dame’s McGrath Institute, I respond at length in what is my longest and most substantive essay thus far.

Readers who are largely familiar with my work from my wonkish political pieces will find in this piece: a glimpse at my theological position, some fun literary references, and lots of Wittgenstein.       

A little, simple poem, which I’d encourage readers to glance at after reading the essay above.