With the great hype for the now record-breaking opening box office for the movie "50 Shades of Grey," which I knew I was never going to see, I posted links on Saturday to a review by Claudia Puig at USA Today (she's Catholic) and an insightful essay from Kirsten Anderson from LifeSiteNews.com (not my usual go-to place for commentary, but this one is exceptional).
Last week was a tough week for journalism: In just the two least-publicized news stories, veteran reporter Bob Simon was killed in a car crash in Manhattan and New York Times media columnist David Carr died of complications from lung cancer.
The film adaptation of "Fifty Shades of Grey," which opens in theaters Friday, has movie morality guardians armed and heading for battle.
The Catholic bishop of Buffalo, N.Y., has warned fellow prelates to step up preaching on the true beauty of sex-within-male-female-marriage -- and do it pronto.
The film examines the whistleblowers' motives, actions and considerable repercussions they experienced for speaking out against abuse.
Review: "American Sniper" is set up visually like a militarized, mythic Western reduced to good guys vs. bad guys.
Review: "Black or White" is a small, independent film that shows that finding ways to get along is no black-and-white issue. It's complicated.
"One in four Americans believe ... that the hand of God will be seen before the final whistle blows in the Super Bowl."
Why does Richard Wakefield write poetry that's bound to structural parameters of form, rhyme and meter? "Constraint can often be an aid to creativity."
One of the best places to learn about the tools and techniques that medieval artists employed to create illuminated manuscripts is their depictions of saints writing and illustrating sacred texts. In art, when St. Luke represents the Virgin, he typically clutches a paintbrush or quill in his hand, and he often stands or sits at a lectern. Sometimes, he holds a knife, which was used for scraping out errors, sharpening pens, or a variety of other tasks. That's why Orsola Maddalena Caccia's circa 1625 painting "St. Luke the Evangelist in the Studio" is so unusual.
My Table is Spread: In what passes for a liturgical calendar in TV land, we are now in the high holy days: "Downton Abbey" has returned to our screens.