Tuesday, January 15


And Now, For Some Shameless Self-Promotion

Due to a combination of Divine Providence and dumb luck (and a bit of talent, let's be fair), a book review I wrote covering Ethan Anthony's handsomely-illustrated The Architecture of Ralph Adams Cram and His Office appears in the February 2008 edition of First Things. It's called "Till We Build Jerusalem," and appears on pp. 41-42. Mr. Anthony's book is, to the best of my knowledge, the first book since Cram's death to photographically document the breadth of the architect's work, and welcomely fills a serious gap in our understanding of American 20th-century architecture. I hope it will introduce a whole new generation of churchcrawlers and architects to Cram's prodigious output. Also appearing in this month's issue (though with their names in rather bigger print, and on the cover) are my lord Cardinal Dulles, asking the question (musical or not) "Who Can Be Saved?", George Weigel, Peter L. Berger and of course, Fr. Neuhaus.

A book review I wrote of the excellent Sir Ninian Comper: An Introduction to His Life and Work by the Jesuit architectural scholar Fr. Anthony Symondson appears in the January/February 2008 edition of Touchstone: A Journal of Mere Christianity under the snappy title "Knight and Dei," which was suggested by none other than St. Blog's own headline maven, Dawn Eden. You'll find it on p. 42-43. Fr. Symondson's work also fills a vast gap in our understanding of sacred architecture, as Sir Ninian Comper, the brilliant British liturgical planner, church furnisher and architect, is even more forgotten than Cram in some quarters, and was not as extensively published during his own lifetime. We are treated to a wonderful selection of vintage architectural photographs, as well as Comper's own theories of liturgy and Christian art, developed independently of the continental Liturgical Movement and drawing on the vitality of Christian antiquity without lapsing into mere archaeologism. This edition of Touchstone also features a wealth of articles on family life, including an exposition of St. Chrysostom's marital theology, that are definitely worth your time.

A drawing I did of St. Irene of Chalcedon appears on p. 24 of Volume 9 of Second Spring: An International Journal of Faith and Culture, as a (very small) part of their wonderful Genius of Women issue, featuring all manner of marvelous articles about a truly Christian approach to the feminine genius, including titles such as "The Genius of Women through the Ages," "Made of Glass"--a disquisition on the depiction of feminine virtue in Don Quixote, "Integrating Mothering," and my favorite, "Shouldn't Religion Be Simple?" that shows us that to get to the simple bits you have to figure out all those complex part first.

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