Best of 2018

To close out the year, here are some of the things I most enjoyed in 2018! (Find previous years here.) Books The Master Butchers Singing Club by Louise Erdrich Dom Casmurro by Machado de Assis Understanding Comics: The Invisible Art by Scott McCloud The Polemics of Possession in Spanish American Narrative by Rolena Adorno Bad Blood: SecretsContinue reading “Best of 2018”

“This is the person Christ has loved in loving you”

More than others you can be compared to the Church. When you are in your room, then, at night, think always on Christ, and wait for his coming at every moment. This is the person Christ has loved in loving you, the person he has chosen in choosing you. He enters by the open door; heContinue reading ““This is the person Christ has loved in loving you””

Artemisia Gentileschi as Saint Catherine of Alexandria

Self-Portrait as Saint Catherine of Alexandria, c. 1615–1617 Artemisia Gentileschi National Gallery, London Her eyes look away, as if thinking of a painful memory, yet there is a calm in her monumental pose. She’s got the strong, muscular arms Artemisia always gave the women in her paintings and as she ponders the past, the fingersContinue reading “Artemisia Gentileschi as Saint Catherine of Alexandria”

Cristiane Sobral, “I Won’t Wash the Dishes Anymore”

I won’t wash the dishes anymore Or dust the furniture I’m sorry I’ve begun to read The other day I opened a book and a week later I decided I won’t carry the trash out to the trash bin Or clean up the mess of leaves falling in the yard I’m sorry After reading IContinue reading “Cristiane Sobral, “I Won’t Wash the Dishes Anymore””

Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz on Saint Catherine of Alexandria

De una Mujer se convencen todos los Sabios de Egipto, para prueba de que el sexo no es esencia en lo entendido. ¡Víctor, víctor! Prodigio fue, y aun milagro; pero no estuvo el prodigio en vencerlos, sino en que ellos se den por vencidos. ¡Víctor, víctor! ¡Qué bien se ve que eran Sabios en confesarseContinue reading “Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz on Saint Catherine of Alexandria”

liturgical syntax errors

At the Hirshhorn that afternoon I touched my hands to glowing glass sensors that converted my pulse into ripples across a shallow pool. Soft blue lighting turned these streams into a play of light across the wall, interrupted or completed by the silhouettes of passing museumgoers. It’s impossible to know how much of the lightContinue reading “liturgical syntax errors”

lectio divina: mt 16:13–20

You asked your disciples, who do you say that I am. And this is a good question, to which Peter gave the only good answer, you are the Christ, the son of the living God. You have been asking me the same question and I gave you a strange answer, or rather you gave meContinue reading “lectio divina: mt 16:13–20”

Teaching Transcription (and Secretly Metaphysics)

As part of the Praxis program’s unit on pedagogy, each member of the cohort has developed a low-tech workshop on a digital humanities topic. Mine focuses on print-to-digital transcription, and the materials are freely available here: lesson plan and slides. At the link above, I share some reflections on how I came to this topicContinue reading “Teaching Transcription (and Secretly Metaphysics)”

Building Ourselves Up to Build Things

you know when you’re trying to make a thing on the internet, and the platform you’re using is free so you can’t complain, but the very simple thing you want isn’t built in so you groan and click “source” to examine the HTML only to see endless <span> and <div> tags that are out toContinue reading “Building Ourselves Up to Build Things”