Saturday, July 11, 2020

Busting Heads

I contributed to a conversation at CT's "Quick to Listen" podcast about statue breaking, for which I also produced a handy chart.

Friday, May 08, 2020

Closer to Truth interviews

The good folks at PBS's Closer to Truth interviewed me for reasons that remain unclear, and the clips can be found here. Don't miss the other interviews on the exciting topic of Art Seeking Understanding.

Wednesday, March 25, 2020

Imitatio Mariae

Although we cannot meet for it, the Feast of the Annunciation has not been cancelled. Here is a piece I wrote on the occasion in The New York Times.

Wednesday, March 18, 2020

G.K. Chesterton on Being Quarantined

From his novel Manalive: 
"When you’re really shipwrecked, you do really find what you want. When you’re really on a desert island, you never find it a desert. If we were really besieged in this garden, we’d find a hundred English birds and English berries that we never knew were here. If we were snowed up in this room, we’d be the better for reading scores of books in that bookcase that we don’t even know are there; we’d have talks with each other, good, terrible talks, that we shall go to the grave without guessing; we’d find materials for everything— christening, marriage, or funeral; yes, even for a coronation— if we didn’t decide to be a republic.”
...The good-humoured Rosamund was almost choking with laughter. “All is not gold that glitters,” she said, “and besides—”
“What a mistake that is!” cried Innocent Smith, leaping up in great excitement. “All is gold that glitters.... We can make anything a precious metal, as men could in the morning of the world. They didn’t choose gold because it was rare; your scientists can tell you twenty sorts of slime much rarer. They chose gold because it was bright—because it was a hard thing to find, but pretty when you’ve found it. You can’t fight with golden swords or eat golden biscuits; you can only look at it—and you can look at it out here.”
"....Leave off buying and selling, and start looking! Open your eyes, and you’ll wake up in the New Jerusalem."
Yes, I know there are massive downsides as well, but this offsets them just a bit. Maybe even more than that.

Monday, March 16, 2020

The Cost of Chicago

For my second Hansen lecture, an attempt to rewrite the flag of Chicago with indigenous culture at the center, and a response from David J.P. Hooker.

Thursday, February 13, 2020

The Light & Space Movement Through Time

Video from a talk I gave at Bridge Projects on the Light & Space Movement through time (with stops in Thessaloniki, Paris, Constantinople, Rome and LA), in conversation with the Moscow art historian Alexei Lidov. And if you haven't yet seen the Director of LACMA's talk in the same space, remedy that.


Light in Sacred Space: Light from the Cave from Bridge Projects on Vimeo.

Friday, January 31, 2020

Groundhog Day: Feast of Mary the Priest

Mary the Priest, pagan festivals, evangelical Native American martyrs - something for everyone. Alternate titles: Candlehog; Groundlemas; or, as Alan Jacobs puts it, The Super Feast of the Presentation of the Groundhog.

Wednesday, November 20, 2019

Mary for the Third Millennium

Here is a talk I gave in LA on the Virgin Mary in conjunction with an exhibition entitled Blessed Art Thou. The catalog I wrote for it can be purchased here.
Matthew Milliner Lecture from Fieldstead and Company on Vimeo.

Monday, October 21, 2019

Our Lady of Chicago

I guest taught for Irenaus authority Scott Moringiello and gave a talk to the wonderful people at DePaul University this Tuesday in which I received great feedback from scholars at DePaul's Center for World Catholicism. A new version of it will be presented next year in my third Hansen lecture, entitled "Our Lady of the Midwest."

Sunday, October 13, 2019

Grace for Barbarians

Here's a Catechesis session on Ethelburga of Barking, Edward the Confessor and what it means to be "white" in on our ongoing experiment at All Souls Wheaton.

Monday, September 23, 2019

The Sign of Jonah

Here's a conversation with Ed Stetzer on Moody Radio, and one with the Wade Center on my upcoming lectures on G.K. Chesterton and Native American art, which he (by his own admission) failed to fathom. If you're in the area, please come by on October 3rd at 7pm. The respondent was played by Tom Cruise in a movie (I'm not kidding). I'll give two more lectures on the subject to come next year.












Update: here is the video (sorry no images - always the best part!)

Sunday, August 25, 2019

Saturday, July 13, 2019

The Universal Rohr

I'm grateful to the kind and sharp folks at Comment for publishing my attempt to decipher the ingredients in the well-crafted cocktail of courage and carelessness that is Richard Rohr. Citations from the first two paragraphs are below:

Dancing Standing Still, 74; Falling Upward, 25; Everything Belongs, 146; Immortal Diamond, 189; Dancing Standing Still, 59; Everything Belongs, 143-144;  Falling Upward, 81; The Universal Christ, 62 (for an absurd caricature of Protestantism that violates Rohr’s rule to avoid antagonistic thinking listed on p. 175); Silent Compassion,16.  And here are the citations in the second paragraph: Immortal Diamond, 104, Falling Upward, 42; Immortal Diamond, 229; Universal Christ, 94; The Naked Now, 35; Breathing Underwater, 55;  Immortal Diamond, 122, Universal Christ, 73.

Tuesday, July 02, 2019

The Abbey and the Rickhouse

Your scribe's Image essay on bourbon country: "Like those aging barrels of bourbon, these monks and nuns also mature in annual rhythms, their prayers expanding and contracting with the celebrations and austerities of every liturgical year."

I'm grateful to Image for publishing it. It was originally commissioned by Greg Wolfe and has finally come to the surface.

Tuesday, June 04, 2019

Calling St. Catherine

At talk I gave at the ACSD on how an African Princess can help save Higher Education.