vol. 11, num. 1 :: 2012.01.06 — 2012.01.19
Our annual feast of lists on a wide range of topics, spanning the past year, the past ten years or a lifetime of learning and being.
A challenging year shifts beliefs in some important ways.
Naming the evidence, large and small.
Remembering the year past through a selection of artfully crafted books, albums, films, paintings, beverages and more.
Reflecting on a year of getting healthy without the pressure of New Year’s resolutions.
A move to a new community is marked by shared meals and beverages.
A retrospective of surprising life changes.
Taking a friend’s advice to give time for personal lament.
The riches of literature, discovered throughout Chicagoland.
An eclectic selection from 1933 through 2008.
A list of seasonal comfort foods to warm the whole person.
What the iconic doll taught us beyond -- and sometimes instead of -- playing nice.
A list from Kevin Deutch.
Rebecca Tirrell Talbot recommends three good reads.
Film critic Jeffrey Overstreet posts some of his favorites from the past years, with some words about critics in general.
The family — which then and now includes tribe, clan, father’s house — is an odd and vulnerable counter-force. It does not have available impressive modes of power, either to persuade or coerce. What it does have, however, is day-to-day access at the crucial nurture points of hurt and amazement. The social location of the family … is not in accommodation to the dominant values, not as a band-aid operation to keep people functioning, but as a daily proposal and glimpse of another way to live in the world. It is not then a privatized or domesticated romantic scene, but it is an area in which deliberate and intentional alternatives are articulated and practiced. I propose then that we understand the family, in light of biblical faith, as a counter-culture operation that finally means to subvert the dominant values. If we do not want our children enmeshed in the available values of positivism and technical reason and all they bring with them, then the family is a peculiar chance to construct another world that has more vitality, credibility, and authority in the long run. But it must be a public world, not a private world of escape.
The Practice of Homefulness
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