Picturing the end: Heaven and hell in outsider art

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Article Art and Architecture
The artistic visions of "outsider artists" offer an invitation to imagine creation's final destination.

Sister Gertrude Morgan, Lord Put Another Fuse in My Soul, ca. 1970, Painted found tray, 16 x 21.75 inches. Collection of Bob Roth.


Listen: New Multitudes

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Jay Farrar, Jim James, et al. (Rounder Records, 2012)

When the American folk icon Woody Guthrie died in 1967, he left behind reams of song lyrics but no music for them. During the past two decades his daughter, Nora Guthrie, has invited contemporary artists to put music to those orphaned lyrics and record the results. The release of New Multitudes is part of that effort, which reaches a crescendo this year, the centennial of Guthrie’s birth.


Read: Happiness

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By Joan Chittister (Eerdmans, 2011)

Joan Chittister’s admirers take up her books expecting to draw from a well of wisdom and insight. They approach a writer of her stature with a challenge and a plea: “Tell me something I don’t already know.” Or, at least: “Tell me what I know in a way that unlocks spiritual doors and shines light on new ways of experiencing God.” We are seldom left wanting.


Were you there?

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Article Saints, Feasts, and Seasons
Let the slow, poignant shuffle begin--the Veneration of the Cross.

A priest prone, his face to the floor, his arms stretched like broken wings. The chapel silent and expectant. Thorny-voiced Isaiah: "He was despised and forsaken; he was pierced for our transessions; he was crushed for our iniquities." Then the voices from all around the chapel-the young priest near the altar, a girl high in the balcony, a boy in a deep dark corner:

"What is truth?" says Pilate.

"Hail, King of the Jews."


Watch: A Separation

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Directed by Asghar Farhadi (Sony Pictures, 2011)

We all tell stories, and we all believe our stories are true. But the small gaps between our stories and the truth can become chasms in a universe where things fall apart.


USC Book Club: Simple Faith

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April 2012:

Simple Faith: Moving Beyond Religion As You Know It to Grow in Your Relationship with God

By Margaret Silf

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Read: Ten Popes Who Shook the World

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By Eamon Duffy (Yale University Press, 2011)

Quick, can you name 10 popes off the top of your head? OK, maybe you can, but how about explaining the difference that each one made in the church and in the world? That might be more of a challenge.


Read: Grace Notes

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By Brian Doyle (ACTA Publications, 2011)

Brian Doyle must have been listening intently when poet Mary Oliver proclaimed, “Attentiveness is the beginning of all prayer.” In this collection of 37 essays, Doyle, whom readers will recognize as a frequent contributor to this magazine, dives into the odd and ordinary moments of daily life, plumbing their spiritual depths. “I lucked into work that has everything to do with listening and hearing stories and catching stories,” Doyle writes. “[A]t age 50 I conclude that I was born and made for stories.”


Listen: Temple Beautiful

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Chuck Prophet (Yep Roc, 2012)

Chuck Prophet has been known in the alt-rock world since the mid-1980s when he signed on as chief guitar-slinger for a great alt-country ensemble, Green on Red. Since then Prophet has managed to stay self-employed as a solo artist, session man, producer, and songwriter. Based in San Francisco, off the music industry’s beaten path, he’s a journeyman American artist with a broad musical palette, a personal vision, and an eccentric voice.


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