Saturday, June 24, 2017

Saturday Good Reads

There were so many good things to read and see this week that I almost don’t know where to start, or where to end.

Spitalfields Life is continuing its series on East End London painters, and included more than the three this week that I’ve noted here. All of these painters will be featured in a book to be published in October. 

Some really fine poetry this week, including some paired with photographs. And Maureen Doallas found another videopoem.

I didn’t know the story of American Billy Fiske, an American who gave his life in the Battle of Britain in 1940. St. Paul’s Cathedral has the story.

I’ve been a bit more than critical of what’s happened ot the American news media. For a different viewpoint, I’ve included Jay Rosen, a journalism professor at New York University, and his article on the abyss of observation. 

Canada is lurching farther toward killing off free speech than the US is, but I’m sure we have groups ready to play catch up. Bruce Pardy at the National Post has a story on what may well become law -- using the wrong pronouns to describe people (as in “he” or “she”) may be deemed a human rights violation. The Washington Post has a more encouraging story – Americans still have something rather surprising in common – most of us still say grace before meals. 

Finally – a video from the 1940s – about Raleigh bicycles.


Human Flora – Tim Good at Musings of a Naked Alien.

This far – Lise at All the Words.

“New Collected Poems of Marianne Moore” – reviewed by Mary Harwell Sayler at The Poetry Editor.

Picking Rock – Barbara Mackenzie at Signed…BKM.

The Way – photo by Susan Etole, poem by Thomas Merton.

‘The Last Days’ (Videopoem by Lucy English) – Maureen Doallas at Writing Without Paper.

Art and Photography

Goat’s Beard – Tim Good at Photography and Poetry of Tiwago.

Elwin Hawthorne, Anthony Eyton, and Pearl Binder – Painters – Spitalfields Life.


The Sacred Music of Igor Stravinsky – Michael De Sapio at The Imaginative Conservative.

British Stuff

Billy Fiske and the Battle of Britain 1940 – St. Paul’s Cathedral.


My Dark Pilgrimage into Light: Part 1 and Conclusion – Tom Darin Liskey at Literary Life.

Every Christian Ought to be a Good Historian – Michael Haykin at The Gospel Coalition Canada.

Israel and the Role of Place in Christian Faith – Thomas Kidd at Evangelical History.

Life and Culture

The Abyss of Observation Alone – Jay Rosen at PressThink.

Fake News, Truth, and the Digital Age – Cristian Ispir at The Imaginative Conservative.

The Need for More Sadness, Less Anger – Jon Mertz at Thin Difference.

When it comes to saying grace, Americans are still united – Sarah Pulliam Baily, Julie Zauzmer, and Emily Guskin at The Washington Post.

Reviving Plutarch’s “Lives” – Steve Donoghue at The Imaginative Conservative.


Writers and AudioBooks – Terry Whalin.

Raleigh Bicycles – Design and Manufacture – 1940s

Painting: Reading Young Man, oil on canvas by Ignat Bednarik (1882-1963; Romanian).

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