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Facing Suffering: Human Rights Tragedies and the Divine Comedy

I’m going to start with a claim that I can’t actually substantiate but that I hope you’ll entertain as likely or at least interesting: I think that people who watch a lot of human rights documentaries have a problem.1 To be fair, I think that people who avoid watching them also have this problem, although they deal with it in another way. The problem is this: it seems there can be no role for joy when we are observers of suffering and injustice. How can one be both... Read More

The Habit of Being: A Portrait of Miss Mystery and Manners

Click on the image below, “Portrait of Flannery O’Connor,” to open Laura Lasworth’s exhibit in a resizable browser. In The Other Journal exhibit “Tangled Alphabets,” León Ferrari and Mira Schendel considered language as the focal point of their works. Here, in “The Habit of Being: a Portrait of Miss Mystery and Manners,” the Seattle-based artist Laura Lasworth also considers language but from a very different starting point—the writing of Flannery... Read More