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September Playlist

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When Christians Sing of Hope: Glenn Packiam’s Worship and the World to Come

Among the positive effects of quarantine is a refocusing on what is temporal and what is eternal. Remember the Iowa Caucus? Remember the Oscars drama from last year? Neither do I. The unrelenting passage of time will always remind us that most of our concerns don’t matter in the grand scheme of things, but something […]

The Dark Radiance of Discordance Axis’ The Inalienable Dreamless Twenty Years Later

The first time I ever listened to Discordance Axis’ third LP The Inalienable Dreamless I was like Eutychus. Not that I fell asleep due to how long and drawn-out it was (its total run time is twenty-three minutes), but like that young man I too awoke from a plummet into a different world.  It’s like […]

Why Nick Cave Aspires to Mercy

As in all things, leave it to cult musician/hero Nick Cave! The August installment of his invaluable Red Letter Files is here, in which he responds to a fan’s question about “cancel culture” — a term which admittedly appears to have already outlived its usefulness (that was quick!). But if you can see past the […]

Desperate for Empathy: “Lean Wit Me,” by Juice Wrld

I’m not cool enough to know Juice Wrld’s full repertoire. My musical knowledge for the most part stops at 2000 — yes I’m still stuck in the 90s when it comes to the majority of my musical points of reference. The other day, though, I stumbled across the official video for “Lean Wit Me,” the […]

August Playlist

This one is half a soundtrack to this post and half inspired by this podcast episode.

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The Beautiful, Godforsaken Mess of Taylor Swift’s folklore

Last Thursday, Taylor Swift announced the surprise release of her eighth studio album, folklore, to be dropped that night at midnight. The album is made up of 16 songs Swift created in quarantine with the help of Aaron Dessner of The National, alongside Jack Antonoff, Bon Iver, and others. Naturally, my friends and I stayed […]

Martin Luther on Where to Find God: Suffering and the Cross, Glory and Majesty

Shortly before his death in 2002, renowned paleontologist Stephen Jay Gould was asked what he would write to an extraterrestrial if given the opportunity. He replied that he’d start off by asking if his alien pen-pal was made up of DNA or something else. “And the other thing,” Gould continued, I will give to you […]

Mindful of Hope: O God, Our Help in Ages Past

Mindfulness has been a front-and-center staple of our collective zeitgeist for the past few years. As a certified mindfulness teacher, I am an advocate for the benefits of meditation and mindfulness practice in almost every aspect of life. On a personal level, as someone who deals with a steady state of low-grade anxiety, mindfulness has […]

The Irony of Outrage and Sufjan Stevens’ “America”

This one comes to us from Jeb Ralston. Sufjan Stevens, that enigmatic and soft-spoken tortured soul of a musician, released a new single last week, “America,” with the not-so-subtle timing of being one day before the Fourth of July. Sufjan, who is no stranger to political commentary through the lens of his own Christian perception, […]

PZ’s Podcast: Bright Road, Outer Ashen Limits, Kolchak and Corona, (You’re) Having My Baby, Narrative Schmarrative, and Speed Bump

EPISODE 297: Bright Road There is this unexpected plethora of gems coming at me just now in a Mockingbird vein. Last week there was Journey into Light, from 1951; and also The First Legion, also from that year. Today there is Bright Road, also a Hollywood movie, which came out in 1953. I feel like the surface of the moon […]

July Playlist

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