August 13, 2002

Sister Wendy Beckett

Ladies and Gentlemen.... Sister Wendy!

It's been awhile, but a brief stroll through my Amazon.com recommendations list turned my attentions back on the greatest-living nun on the planet, Sister Wendy Beckett. I happened upon Sister Wendy several years ago when, while channel-surfing, I stumbled upon the PBS special "Sister Wendy in Conversation with Bill Moyers". I would normally never be caught dead watching something so bland as a Bill Moyers show (I much prefer the bland programming aired on the USA network!), but I fortunately happened upon something very, very special. I was immediately fascinated by this extremely well-spoken "art-nun" who, with her gleeful and uniquely-toned voice, conveyed a refreshing art criticism without any of the hoity-toityness which usually accompanies similar fare. And it wasn't just her "take on art" that enthralled me! Where else can you find yourself in the middle of an open, intelligent conversation with a NUN about ideas like love, art, sex, seclusion, and television stardom? I fell in love with her immediately.

I tell ya, if there were nuns like her back when I was enrolled in CCD as a young, impressionable child, I'd be a fully-avowed Catholic right now! Sister Wendy definitely deserves the attention of all, and will definitely bring a sense of happiness and a much-needed breath of fresh air to all you jaded, cynical "scenesters" out there. Here is a RealAudio clip from the the NPR program "Fresh Air" that will hopefully serve as an introduction to the future-Saint (oh please, oh please!) Wendy Beckett!


posted by julie at August 13, 2002 01:00 PM


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