Maureen Mullarkey is a painter who writes on art and culture. Her essays have appeared in various publications, among them: The Nation, Crisis, Commonweal, Hudson Review, Arts, The New Criterion, First Things, The Weekly Standard, and The Magazine Antiques. She was a columnist for The New York Sun.

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The Toxic Legacy of Rachel Carson

From Maureen Mullarkey

In a sober world, Earth Day would be stripped from the calendar. It is closer to a Day of Disrepute than the high holy day it has become. Its founder, Ira Einhorn, was a homicidal crackpot. Its patron saint, viewed in retrospect,was a muckraking technophobe who bent data to her mission. High intentions notwithstanding, Rachel Carson did untold damage to millions of the world’s poor. Continue Reading »

Notes On An Idol

From Maureen Mullarkey

Orthodox environmentalism is about very much more than saving giraffes or cleaning up the Hudson. The faith we are asked to embrace is the holy cause of building a new social order—a just, sustainable, and harmonious global society—by means of messianic environmentalism. We are pressed on all sides to shun skepticism and align ourselves with the ectopian gospel. Continue Reading »

RFRA & My Wedding Ring

From Maureen Mullarkey

What innocents we were then. It never occurred to us to challengethe jeweler's moral right to refuse us the ring we wanted. Any legal issue, then, was irrelevant. But by today’s lights, we gave in too readily. We could have raised a stink. Demanded our rights as consumers. Bullied the vendor with accusations of anti-Christian bigotry. Instead, we submitted to the discomfort of being told we were ineligible for what we desired.

Art for Selfies

From Maureen Mullarkey

The Philippines have not had the First World's history of grand acquisitions that find their tax-advantaged way into public collections. Art in Island is a poor nation’s finger in the eye of the cult of art. It is an antidote to the peculiar twist taken by modernity’s bent toward idolatry. Continue Reading »

Penny for Thought

From Maureen Mullarkey

You would not pass a dollar bill on the sidewalk without picking it up. Maybe not even a quarter. I am sure of that. But a penny? Do you stoop for that? I do. Thomas Rowlandson. Two-a-penny Buns (1799). Museum of London, London.And I just did this morning. Two at time were lying by my car in a . . . . Continue Reading »

The Soma of Art & Sex Ed

From Maureen Mullarkey

Children were lifting their tunics for each other before pants ever existed. You show me yours, and I’ll show you mine. It is an ancient dare, a forbidden game, played behind bushes, in stairwells, or in rumpus rooms with the door shut. In secret. But when a grown woman plays it by herself in the Musée d’Orsay, under lights, and in full view of other grownups, we know we are not in a playroom anymore. Continue Reading »