on-the-waterfront

Free from politics

Jim (Matt’s brother) writes: But then you’ve got films like On the Waterfront, which is political, entertaining, and artistic at the same time. (It also has one of the most sympathetic, perhaps most realistic Hollywood portrayals of a man of...

/ May 26, 2004
hitler-aesthetic

Hitler as Aesthetic

Check out the interesting book review brought to us by Books and Culture. The book reviewed is a Hitler and the Power of Aesthetics in which Frederic Spotts argues that the “will to power” and aesthetic sensibility of Hitler are...

/ May 21, 2004
Quentin_Tarantino_Django_3

Quentin Tarantino

I just went on a Quentin Tarantino kick, catching up on his most recent films: Jackie Brown (1997), Kill Bill Vol. 1 (2003), and Kill Bill Vol. 2 (2004). Before I saw these three films I was convinced that I...

/ April 25, 2004
art-creativity

Subordinate Complexity

Everyone creates. So everyone must (or should) care how to create well. From writing, to making images by photography or painting or drawing, to speaking, to planning one’s day, we are all MAKING. How do we create well? It seems...

/ April 24, 2004
philosophical-writing-artform

Philosophical Writing as an Artform

I recommend Ralph McInerny’s very short Rhyme and Reason: St. Thomas and Modes of Discourse. It’s the Marquette University Aquinas Lecture for 1981. I’m thinking about it today in relation to literary criticism (a field in which I am less...

/ April 22, 2004
child-public-school

Response to Selby

A few thoughts in response to Andrew: Remember that a large percent of college students are at public institutions. (Does anyone know whether a majority are?) Although these schoos still have tuition, costs are highly subsidized by the government. Furthermore,...

/ April 22, 2004
michel-de-montaigne-chamber

Required Education: It Lasts Too Long

In 1575 Michel de Montaigne said, “The boy we would breed has a great deal less time to spare; he owes but the first fifteen or sixteen years of his life to education; the remainder is due to action”. We...

/ April 20, 2004
diary-of-a-country-priest

Diary of a Country Priest

While things are still a bit of a free for all and we’re still sort of hammering down the “vision” of this blog I thought I’d throw out a recommendation. I know most of the members on this blog (who...

/ April 16, 2004
about-mere-orthodoxy

About Mere O

Welcome to Mere Orthodoxy. We are a group of moderately literate, conservatively oriented college-aged guys interested in narcissistically opining on issues of faith, culture, literature, history, or whatever else suits our fancy. No topic is out of bounds. We endeavor...

/ April 13, 2004