Leni Dothan responds to art-historical images of the Madonna and Child. Elizabeth Harper on the Cult of the Beheaded. Nick Ripatrazone on horror films that don’t believe in God. Plus an interview with William Giraldi.
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Cult of the Beheaded
“Once the Inquisition wasn’t watching, the people of Palermo simply treated the skulls of the beheaded the same way they had long treated the skulls of more orthodox saints. The practice began among the lower classes and women—not coincidentally, the people farthest from the kind of official Catholic power that was condoned by the Spanish.”
Art advisor Nausikaa El-Mecky asks: can acts of destruction also be works of art?
c I was reeding you
see I was reading you
sí I was red in you
In the dark, everyone is kind.
The hells they reproach are strewn around them like asphodel. Above, the Milky Way shines in broad daylight, a hundred billion burning strips of paper.
Chaplaincy was magnificent, and then suddenly it wasn’t.
I’m tired of beauty. Or rather, I’m tired of hearing the word “beauty” overused and misapplied.
It would be fine my mother said, as we boarded the plane back from school, the taste of ginger from the holiday still riding my back teeth.
The loneliness of the dead. How they are isolated by what they know about themselves and about us.
There are two ways to marry: right and wrong.
We all need a rosary, whether we’re Catholic or not.
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