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    Another One From Marilynne Robinson’s Gilead

    “Transgression. That is legalism. There is never just one transgression. There is a wound in the flesh of human life that scars when it heals and often enough seems never to heal at all.

    Avoid transgression. How’s that for advice.”

    Gilead by Marilynne Robinson, p. 122

    Stephen Kellogg & the Sixers on the Bound Will

    Love this song from Stephen Kellogg & the Sixers, “Shady Esperanto and the Young Hearts.” Mockingbird-relevant lyrics in bold below: If any man among us has the notion that he’s freeI entreat you to the challenge, stand on up and let’s seeYou get old, oldI never wanna get old … And you try, and you […]

    Mary Karr’s Cherry: You Don’t Earn It – It’s Given

    I’ve been reading one of Mary Karr’s wonderful memoirs, Cherry, and the chapter I just finished ends with a touching story of an act of love by the author’s parents that she credits with profoundly changing her life– I thought it was worth sharing here. The backstory to the passage below is that the author, […]

    Low Anthropology According to John Darnielle

    One of my favorite bands, The Mountain Goats, has gotten a lot of love from Mockingbird in the past; John Darnielle has a way of expressing low anthropology like few other songwriters that I listen to. His songs about dysfunctional couples are particularly good, in my opinion, and while “No Children” is a fan favorite […]

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