Beyond the Scrim

The Franklin Trees: A Late-Summer Night’s Dream
by Jonathan Nauman
illustrated by Gary K. Nauman
Friendship Farm Press, 2009
(148 pages, $12.00, paperback)

reviewed by Thomas Howard

T. S. Eliot speaks of the “fear in a handful of dust,” the idea being that if we could see the thunderous worlds of subatomic activity even in such an unlikely heap as a handful of dust, we would be stricken.

The same thing is at work in the great paintings. The artist—let us say Vermeer—fixes upon a kitchen, with nothing at all going on in it. A maid stands there with a ceramic milk pitcher. Nothing of interest here—or . . .

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Thomas Howard taught for many years at St. John's Seminary College, the Roman Catholic seminary of the archdiocese of Boston. Among his many works are the books Christ the tiger, Evangelical Is Not Enough, Lead Kindly Light, On Being Catholic, and The Secret of New York Revealed, and a videotape series of 13 lectures on "The Treasures of Catholicism" (all from Ignatius Press).

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