The Glen Workshop
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Heather Burtman on what she learned about God while interning as a hospital chaplain. Katrina Vandenberg on the strange phenomenon of jam. Art advisor Nausikaa El-Mecky asks: can acts of destruction also be works of art? Plus an interview with novelist William Giraldi.
The dead who walk the streets might be a relic of the past, something your Sicilian grandma might tell you about, but the Sanctuary of the Souls of the Beheaded is very much alive.
Is it wrong to believe I’m due what was promised?
Leni Dothan examines and critiques how motherhood has been presented in western art history.
c I was reeding you
see I was reading you
sí I was red in you
Chaplaincy was magnificent, and then suddenly it wasn’t.
We want to transform the museum into a place of reflection and contemplation.
It’s three a.m., that empty hour
when gangs of theologians prowl the streets looking for some stray angel to accost.
I’m tired of beauty. Or rather, I’m tired of hearing the word “beauty” overused and misapplied.
Aside from my children and wife, literature has been the intensest delight of my life.
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On praying with the grandmothers of Florence: “I suspect that they have mostly accepted their religion as something like an arranged marriage to a nice-enough guy—a situation they didn’t choose but that nonetheless offers its comforts—rather than how I tend to conduct my relationship with God: like a tanking romance with a guy who can’t understand what I’m so worked up about, again.”
In Sonja Livingston’s latest essay collection, The Virgin of Prince Street: Expeditions into Devotion, faith feels more like a long, slow undertow than a lightning bolt. She spoke with Steven Wingate on how essays find their form, helping students find their material, and making her way back to church.
A poet, Christle is pleasingly roving and idiosyncratic as she assembles and parses, ponders and distills the science of tears, the length of a cry, Sylvia Plath, elephant emotions, Ovid, Kent State, Ross Gay, Silas Mitchell, and the Bas Jan Ader film, I’m Too Sad to Tell You (among other things) into miniature packets of white-space interrupted prose.
When I subjected my body to limits beyond what felt reasonable, I discovered that faith is embodied, that its strength can be expressed in the movement of muscle.
After three decades, I was going to summon the courage to return to camps and to witness this story that I had lived, and to see how it had changed, and to let it ignite my memories so that I could say something important and helpful.
A Lumbee friend described her mother’s relationship to family, from the vantage of her matrilineal world, as being like a door. The very word starts opening them. From door we are all too quick to rush to gatekeeper; our western and colonial habits of mind favor such things as the defense of property, watchmen along…
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Featuring conversations with poets, writers, filmmakers, musicians, and visual artists who grapple with the mystery at the heart of religious experience.