For the record, there are two great filmmakers working today who happen to be Christians: Whit Stillman and John Patrick Shanley. Shanley’s Wild Mountain Thyme was both weird and conventional, traditional and Shakespearean, and included a number of scenes so thematically rich, I was already looking forward to my third or fourth viewing. It hasContinue reading “The Best Film of 2020”
“The individual’s decision to end their own life, based on how they personally define quality of life and a meaningful existence eludes any evaluation on the basis of general values, religious dogmas, societal norms for dealing with life and death, or consideration of objective rationality.” -The highest court in Germany rules on an individual’s right toContinue reading “Suicide In Germany”
“I have been bad, but not as bad as that fellow” is something that fellow says all the time.
My latest for CiRCE offers nine reasons why quitting social media will make your life better. Use the centrifugal force of a new calendar to help you do so.
“Organized religion” is redundant. Religion is organized by definition. If it’s not organized, it’s something other than religion. Art, perhaps. Or play acting.
Mark Kozalek Sings Christmas Carols is a real piece of work. The former Red House Painters and Sun Kil Moon singer performs a bunch of hymns and a handful of pop tunes, but the hymns carry it away. While Kozalek is not a Christian, he seems to have chosen the oldest possible carol texts toContinue reading “What Pleasure Thou Canst Give Me”
Revelers gather in Times Square on December 31, 2019. They welcome 2020, sure to be a year of prosperity, hope, and joyous new beginnings.
Over the last twenty years, it has become fashionable for young men to blame all the problems of the world on “the church,” by which I mean saying things like “Poverty and racism wouldn’t be a problem if the church would just be the church” with an authoritative, I-know-what-the-word-“liturgy”-means kind of tone. My latest forContinue reading “It Is My Fault”
5. It Just Doesn’t Happen, Destroyer 4. Starfall, Salem 3. Texas Sun, Khurangbin & Leon Bridges 2. Inspirit, Julianna Barwick 1.Carousels, Doves
10. 1995, Kruder & Dorfmeister 9. Black Swallow, by Chihei Hatakeyama 8. Green (reissue), Hiroshi Yoshimura 7. 76:14 (box set reissue), Global Communication 6. Another Flower, Harold Budd and Robin Guthrie 5. Una Presencia En La Brisa, Rafael Anton Irisarri & Leandro Fresco 4. Mixing Colours, Roger and Brian Eno 3. Healing Is A Miracle,Continue reading “Top 10 Albums of 2020”