Art & Anticipation
We hope you’ll join us in anticipating the contribution art and artists will make to the life of this world in the years ahead. We are grateful for your support, in all its forms.
The 2021 Glen Workshop
We’re thrilled to announce the 2021 Glen Workshop will be held on the campus of the University of North Carolina at Asheville!
Inside: guest editorial on fear and forgiveness by Emily Bernard; photo essay by Joyce Yu-Jean Leeon New York under quarantine; Devon Abts on national border walls as idols. Plus, Garth Greenwell and James K.A. Smith talk Augustine; an excerpt from Christian Kiefer’s new novel on Rilke; A.E. Stallings on monuments and ruins; and James Chapin on prison literature.
Seeing through Idols: Art and Imagination at the Border
“Long before authorities are prepared to tear down walls, artists help us see through them.” Devon Abts on how artists can heal our social imagination.
Home Alone Together
Every week for the next three months, twenty-five artists from around the world will contribute one photograph from a different part of their living spaces. Together, these photographs—whether taken in a kitchen, bedroom, or looking out a window—will articulate a new, collective picture of home in a time of pandemic.
Benjamín Naka-Hasebe Kingsley on an east Pennsylvania rite of passage.
Long before authorities are prepared to tear down walls, artists help us see through them.
Such is the mule, muscled with self-knowledge,
wiser than Aristotle.
I remember you in your final atonement, how calm you were.
Though you couldn’t tell me, you understood the names hidden in the dusk.
One of the extraordinary accomplishments of the Confessions is to find a syntax that doesn’t deny impasse or dilemma, but that also doesn’t allow impasse or dilemma to become stagnant.
Prayer is silence, / spirit-bones and soul-blood fluctuant as breath.
I was fine with the ceramic statues of Mary, flaming heart jumping out of her chest. I liked the bright blue robe, gold stars, and shell-like halo of the Virgin of Guadalupe. But the big wooden crucifixes, that crown of thorns digging into Jesus’s brown locks, skinny white arms yanked above so that he’s pitched forward—they spook me the way Dracula spooks me.
This is how the movie ends in movies—
The fade, the retreat, image dissolving
into the bath that bore it.
In Ibn Arabi, a totality of faiths were convened. His heart contained within it pastures for deer, monasteries for monks, a temple for idols, a Kaaba around which to parade, tablets for a Torah, and a Quran, as he said in one of his famous verses: “I follow the religion of love wherever its caravans go.”
Photographing helped me see the small light in this epic darkness, to find a conscientious perspective.
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In the midst of a viral pandemic that has shuttered schools and universities, why go on writing essays about the syntactical anomalies of Emily Dickinson’s poetry, or learning when and how to use the French subjunctive tense, when humanity itself is threatened by a massive, though microscopic, enemy?
Churches, synagogues, and other places of worship have had to close at a time when faith and the comfort of community are needed most. But faith finds a way to lift us, even from a distance.
We say flattening fattening smashing the; and do I look sexy (chin’s up, buttercup) in my balaclava? We say what is ZOOM, then we Zoom. We say zoom is malware (but it’s all malware). Check this box if you are not a robot, now do you wanna zoom?
Today I share some of our family’s favorites—stories that reflect the power of community, the value of resilience, and the possibilities of hope—all with enough depth to engage even the adults in your family.
Simone Weil once said that “Attention, taken to its highest degree, is the same thing as prayer.” On this sunny morning, getting up close to the wall, I’m beginning to understand what she means.