Some years back, I discovered I liked the art of two German contemporary painters – Gerhard Richter and Anselm Kiefer. The St. Louis Art Museum has works of both artists, and I was able to attend a major exhibition of Kiefer’s work at the Royal Academy of Arts in London when we vacationed there in 2015. The Met in New York opened a major exhibition of Richter’s work on March 4; then came coronavirus and lockdown. Susan Tallman at The New York Review of Books has a good review of the exhibition, and you can actually tour it via video.
Some of us are writing, some of us are painting, and some of us are creating poetry in the age of the coronavirus. Poet James Matthew Wilson, working with Dappled Things, has been posting poems from the Quarantine Notebook, and they are all well reading.
And some interesting things occurred this week involving favored and revered authors. Bradley Birzer at The Imaginative Conservative discusses J.R.R. Tolkien’s “The Lost Road,” calling it brilliant but unfinished. And Laura Miller at Slate says there’s an eighth Chronicle of Narnia, and now is the perfect time to read it.
More Good Reads
When Dvořák Went to Iowa to Meet God - Nathan Beacom at Plough.
Some Thoughts on Christian Civil Disobedience – Kyle Borg at Gentle Reformation.
Here is Christian Encouragement from All Over the World – Tim Challies.
The Christian Faith Is Not Based on Evidence of the Resurrection – Justin Taylor at The Gospel Coalition.
Faith in a Time of High Anxiety – Hugh Whelchel at the Institute for Faith, Work, & Economics.
Ending the War: John Wise’s Eulogy – Sarah Kay Bierle at Emerging Civil War.
Writing and Literature
Mark Twain in the Time of Cholera – John Miller at National Review.
The Shakespeareans – Brooke Allen at The Hudson Review.
The Royal Aquarium, Cock Inn, and Westminster Hospital – A London Inheritance.
Life and Culture
Alone: The decline of the family has unleashed an epidemic of loneliness - Kay Hymowitz at City Journal.
The Last Glimmer – Tom Darin Liskey at The Cultivating Journal.
1917 and the Futile Pilgrimage – Mary Meynell at The Rabbit Room.
Deep Pocket – Jerry Barrett at Gerald the Writer.
The Watchskulls of Erringtide – poem by Joe Spring at Joe Spring Writes.
The ancient ones – Dana Gioia at New Criterion.
Five New Poems – Maurice Manning at A New Decameron.
Christ Be All, a new hymn – Grace Worship
Painting: Woman Reading at a Dressing Table, oil on canvas (1919) by Henri Matisse.