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Where are Jane Austen, Borges, and Heidegger now? The first in a week-long series of illustrations by Jason Novak, captioned by Eric Jarosinski.


Where are Jane Austen, Borges, and Heidegger now? The first in a week-long series of illustrations by Jason Novak, captioned by Eric Jarosinski.

(Source: t3xtr, via moncrieffinsa)

Iceland grieves after police kill a man for the first time in its history →


The Icelandic police department said officers involved will go through grief counseling. And the police department has already apologized to the family of the man who died — though not necessarily because they did anything wrong.

"I think it’s respectful," Arnorsdottir says, "because no one wants to take another person’s life."

This is how a non desensitized people react to lethal violence. Just thought it was worth pointing out.   

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Anonymous asked: Do you ever see yourself falling in love?

That would require a heart.

thelittleorganistwhojustcanteven asked: What is Episcopal seminary like?

Well, Union is an ecumenical, broaching interfaith, seminary. I’ll be taking my Anglican classes at General, where I originally intended to go. So far it seems a rather academic and exciting institution. I’m sure I’ll keep you posted.

Anonymous asked: you dress really well. how do you square this with what some might regard as ideals of material simplicity (mostly coming from monastic traditions)? personally, i don't tend to buy cheap clothes and guess i just wonder often if this is idolatry or a kind of ethical stance: paying for companies that treat their employees more equitably than old navy/etc., use non-synthetic fibers, etc.. do you have thoughts?

Thank you for the compliment and the question.

I strive to maintain a small but robust wardrobe comprised of easily matched and versatile staples that have multiple functions (can I wear this sweater casually as well as beneath a blazer?). I try not to have gross excess or limited use items, while still maintaining a professional look.

In regards to simplicity: Not all of us are called to material austerity. At the same time, I think being mindful of your relationship to your possessions is helpful. One can enjoy sartorial pursuits while still maintaining a proper perspective towards clothing. Moderation in all things, etc.

In regards to cost: It is a simple truth that well made clothing lasts longer. It is not more prudent to purchase a $20 shirt every year to six months because it degrades, than to spend $50 to $60 on a shirt and have it last for 5 years. I purchase white soft wash oxfords four or five at a time and spend roughly 60$ a shirt. These shirts then serve as my primary wardrobe base: untucked, with a necktie and coat, under a sweater, etc. They also last for four to five years at a time with heavy usage and a few bleachings to give them new life. I rarely purchase clothing at full retail price. Sites like Gilt Groupe have been invaluable at securing well made suits at department store pricing (No, they didn’t pay me to advertise). Suits that retail for $1,000 can be purchased for $300 and will look and last far better than a $300 department store suit will. I’ve also shopped a bit through new upstarts like Everlane, which produce designer quality basic goods at ethically run mills for a portion of the cost, and have found that rewarding.

In the end, maintain a proper relationship to your material goods and strive for quality over quantity. 

locusimperium asked: What are your impressions of our school so far?

I think during the applications process, Union was a decided second to Yale Divinity in my mind. I say this to demonstrate that at times I can be an imbecile.

Seriously, Union is incredible so far. The people and what I can sense of a foundational ethos underpinning the institution really ring true for me so far, and I hold a lot of hopeful anticipation for the years ahead.

Also, living in Manhattan is pretty cool.

The feminine principle in the world
is the inexhaustible source of creative realizations
of the Father’s glory.
She is His manifestation in radiant splendor!
But she remains unseen, glimpsed only by a few.
Sometimes there are none who know her at all.

Sophia is the mercy of God in us.
She is the tenderness with which the infinitely mysterious
power of pardon
turns the darkness of our sins into the light of grace.
She is the inexhaustible fountain of kindness,
and would almost seem to be, in herself, all mercy.
So she does in us a greater work than that of Creation:
the work of transformation from brightness to brightness
tamquam a Domini Spiritu.
She is in us the yielding and tender counterpart
of the power, justice and creative dynamism of the Father.

— Psalm, Thomas Merton (via reflectingthomasmerton)

Welcome to seminary?

Welcome to seminary?