Did You Get to Jersey Much?

But if you looked at the map closely you would notice towns with names like Hohokus, and Buttzville, and Ong’s Hat, and clearly those were goof names, which made you suspect that there was actually no such thing as New Jersey, that New Jersey was an idea, an illusion, a conspiracy, a deft jest perpetrated by cartographers in their cups and now accepted as wholly real by all sorts of people. Continue Reading »

Between the Hipsters and the Hasids

O n a Saturday afternoon, I survey the offerings of the Bedford Cheese Shop. This gourmet store at the center of hip Brooklyn bills itself as being “based on old-world ideals with a loyalty to our family . . . dedicated to the time honored traditions of the culinary and agricultural world.” . . . . Continue Reading »

The Flock vs. the Shepherd

A poll taken of Long Island Catholics and reported in Newsday has a finding that has become customary in media discussions. While 88 percent of Catholic respondents regard religion as “very important” or “fairly important” in their lives, they aren’t that happy with Church doctrine. . . . . Continue Reading »

Pantoum ​for East Fifty-First

And then, in an instant, it’s gone: the world of East Fifty-First.Gone the round-the-clock clack of the Third Avenue El,the clutch-grinding rattle of Fords and the clop clopof those gray dun dray horses down on the cobblestone street.Gone now the demon-like sparkles and screams of the Elthat mixed . . . . Continue Reading »

Upcoming Events—02.13.15

New York Film, the Aesthetics of Death, and the Culture of Life: Picturing Motion after Modernity February 14 The Thomistic Institute is hosting Rev. Bruno M. Shah for the next installment in “The Art of the Beautiful” lecture series. His lecture is entitled Film, the Aesthetics of . . . . Continue Reading »