Chop Suey

April 1, 2024

Seated Woman

January 21, 2022
Alphonse Mucha

A Song For Barcelona

January 20, 2022
I hear the sounds of youth up all night in the plaza
Under the sleepless eyes of the grandmothers on the Terrassa
In the streets of Gràcia and on the Ramblas
I see the searching eyes and youthful bodies pass
And my own vanished youth
Becomes my central truth
Though I no longer care
The truth is everywhere
That soon the world I love will no longer be anywhere
Jackson Browne
From the album Downhill from Everywhere

Self Portrait With The Spanish Flu

January 19, 2022

Something's Wrong

January 18, 2022
Like dust in the wind you’re gone forever 
You’re wind-blown leaves 
You’re a change in the weather
James Taylor
Performed on the BBC show One in Ten in 1971

New Yorker

January 17, 2022
"King Arrested for Loitering, 1958", by Ronald Wimberly

Things Have Changed

January 16, 2022
People are crazy and times are strange 
I’m locked in tight, I’m out of range
I used to care, but things have changed

Modern Love

January 15, 2022
David Bowie
From the album Let's Dance

Woman With A Parasol, Madame Monet And Her Son

January 14, 2022
Claude Monet

National Gallery of Art


Say Goodbye To Hollywood

January 13, 2022
Ronnie Spector, 1943 - 2022
Billy Joel
Performed by Ronnie Spector and the E Street Band and released as a single in 1977

Whisper Of The Heart

January 11, 2022
Directed by Yoshifumi Kondō

High Sierra

January 10, 2022
I've been higher than the high Sierra 
Lower than Death Valley must be 
I've been right, mostly wrong 
Wrong about you, right about me 
Harley L. Allen
Performed by Linda Ronstadt, Dolly Parton, and Emmylou Harris
From the 1999 album Trio 2


January 9, 2022
I spent the current semester that is winding to an end with my students in two different courses studying the limitless ways in which human beings have used truths they claim to be in possession of—religious, political, what have you—to justify violence against and killing of fellow human beings who happen to embrace different and incompatible Truths—the capital “T” signifying something unchanging and absolute. The Crusades, various wars of religion, the Nazis—virtually any truth can be dressed up as a Truth, then used as a weapon of mass destruction. The best comment on this dynamic I ever read came from the author of a letter to the editor in the local newspaper a number of years ago: Pursue the truth, and run like hell from anyone who claims to have it.

The truth is something that we make. This is not a surprise, because as a matter of fact all ways of seeing reality are human constructions. Truth is not an exception. Everything we believe is a product of a complex filtering and organizing process through any number of filters, from genetic to experiential. Truth is a relative business—relative to each human being since each of our filters are uniquely ours. These filters change over time as each of us changes. Supposing truth to be something to be discovered and “owned” is not only a mistake, but is also damaging. As Christian Wiman writes, Nothing poisons truth so quickly as an assurance that one has found it.
Vance Morgan
"Pursue the Truth, Even if You Never Catch It," published by Patheos
Photo by Teslariu Mihai on Unsplash

Snow At Nezu Gongen Shrine, 1933

January 8, 2022
Kawase Hasui
 The Walters Art Museum 

Christmas Night In Harlem

December 30, 2021
Raymond Scott
Performed by  Louis Armstrong & The Benny Carter Orchestra 

Wonderful Christmastime

December 29, 2021
Paul McCartney
Saturday Night Live
December 15, 2012

Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)

December 28, 2021
Ellie Greenwich and Jeff Barry
Performed by Darlene Love
From the 1963 album A Christmas Gift for You from Phil Spector

A Mother And Child Looking At The Virgin And Child

December 27, 2021
Reginald Bottomley

Coventry Carol

December 26, 2021
Performed by  Magdalen College Choir & John Harper