The Parts That Make a Whole

Foreigners in the West Bank nervously stumble over their words when speaking each other: “So, how long have you been in Palestine, and Israel…or, I mean the area?”

The Bone Church

Death is by no means as “hidden” as we might pretend, nor is it the abstract “universal” that is often spoken of in both secular and theological discourse.

This Little Art

Literary translation, as a labour of changing words, and changing the orders of words, is always and from the outset wrong: its wrongness is a way of indirectly stressing and restressing the rightness of the original words in their right and original order.

Eschatology Gone Wild

Too many artists, and filmmakers especially, won’t treat theological traditions as anything other than window dressing, an aesthetic adornment not worth reading too much into.


Demons appear when there is nothing else left.

A Cool Customer

What we imagine to be an event, a moment, turns out to be something closer to duration, to a condition.

A Little in Love with Everyone

Charleston is the city that showed me how to be gay.

An Oasis of Horror in a Desert of Boredom

One can easily imagine what a self-styled renegade like Bolaño would admire in a figure like Baudelaire.

Coming of Middle Age with Ursula Le Guin

Le Guin gave me a gift 27 years ago, and I’m only now understanding how precious it is.

The Official Merit-Based Immigration Test Study Guide

An excerpt from The Official Merit-Based Immigration Test Study Guide (College Board, 2018).