JOE PAGETTA

Essays, Arts, Culture & Faith
Parents, Ask Your Children—and Yourself—for Forgiveness

Parents, Ask Your Children—and Yourself—for Forgiveness

In the January 2023 issue of America Magazine, a personal essay on forgiveness, grace and repair in parenting and elder caregiving. In print, it appears as “The Riches of His Grace.” Special thanks to Dr. Kathleen Seabolt at the Vanderbilt University Child...
Revisiting Pietro Di Donato’s ‘The Penitent’

Revisiting Pietro Di Donato’s ‘The Penitent’

In America Magazine, a 60th anniversary “revisiting” of Pietro Di Donato’s book, The Penitent, titled “Pietro Di Donato’s ‘The Penitent’ tells the story of Maria Goretti’s tragic death from her perspective—and her murderer’s.” Read more...
When Love Came to Town: U2 at Sun Studio

When Love Came to Town: U2 at Sun Studio

On the Tennessee State Museum’s Thousands of Stories blog, a look back at the history and legacy of U2’s arrival 35 years ago at Sun Studio in Memphis to record tracks that would wind up on the double album and film, Rattle and Hum. Read more at the...
When Coming of Age Was Horror Time

When Coming of Age Was Horror Time

In Today’s American Catholic, a personal essay on how revisiting lyrics I’d written for my hardcore band 30 years ago prompted an exploration of my faith and creative journey. With references to both Dorothy Day AND Ronnie James Dio. Read more at...