Month: January 2019

  • Jack Bogle, RIP

    Jack Bogle, founder of Vanguard, has died. Art Carey and Erin Arvedlund report: John C. Bogle, 89, who revolutionized the way Americans save for the future, championed the interests of the small investor, and railed against corporate greed and the excesses of Wall Street, died of cancer Wednesday at his home in Bryn Mawr, his […]

  • Ineffectual and compromised…

    I finished Walker Percy’s “Love in the Ruins” yesterday. An incredible, prescient, and haunting story of a people living in collapse. It’s haunting in the same way that Brave New World is, in the sense that looking too long into its dystopian portraiture leaves one feeling like one’s looking into a mirror: Offered as a…

  • Georgetown snow

    Georgetown snow

    Arrived back in Washington late last night as snow began accumulating meaningfully throughout the area. There was that absolutely-silent calm that follows snowfall. In weather like this, I wonder how much quieter daily life might be a century from now if and when electric vehicles have wholly supplanted the internal combustion engine. Another way to…

  • Austere and lonely offices

    Austere and lonely offices

    Attended mass at St. Denis in Havertown this morning, in Philadelphia now, and interested in seeing whether the Philadelphia Eagles season continues tonight against the New Orleans Saints. Sharing a scene from Market Street in Old City, and pairing it with Robert Hayden’s “Those Winter Sundays:” Sundays too my father got up early and put his…

  • ‘Architecture is the only truly public form of art’

    ‘Architecture is the only truly public form of art’

    In Philadelphia this weekend, and stopped in the Cathedral of Saints Peter and Paul briefly this morning. Pairing views from that visit with Jake Scott’s writing on beauty in architecture: Architecture is the only truly public form of art. All other styles of art exist in a dedicated space. Paintings adorn walls within galleries that…