So the car is packed and I’m ready to begin another research adventure in upstate New York, so I will be incommunicado for a while. My accommodations for the week—a Franciscan mountain retreat house and a Trappist monastery guest house—will likely be lacking in WiFi and I’ve been wanting to take a break from the computer anyway. I will be posting pretty pictures on Facebook via the cellphone, but that’s about it. Herewith are some interesting links to tide you over until my return seven days from now:
This one directs you to my just-published article about the history of St. Bonaventure Parish in Paterson, NJ. It mentions Thomas Merton, William Carlos Williams and probably more than you want to know about the “church by the falls” and the city of Paterson itself. Please note that it starts on page 2 of The Recorder and then jumps to page 7
This one directs you to a terrific NJ.com article by Mark Di Ionno—also an old friend of the family—about a cloistered women’s community in the town of Summit (where I worked last summer and had no idea this convent even existed a few blocks or so from the office)
And this directs you to the Amazon page for Michael McGregor’s book on Robert Lax, Pure Act, which was just released in paperback, and I recommend it very highly, and not just because I’m going to be meeting with him in a few days:
Adios amigos! Will be back next week!