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Critical Thoughts on the Evangelical Embrace of Thomas Kinkade’s Art

A year and a half ago I wrote a post on Mockingbird about Thomas Kinkade, the prosperous “Painter of Light,” mostly responding to a then recent article highlighting his death due to a drug and alcohol overdose. I attempted to offer a thoughtful interpretation of Kinkade, his art, his unfortunate demise, and the Evangelical embrace of his […]

Just Like That Bluebird: The Mortal Prayers of David Bowie, RIP

Gutted by this morning’s tragic news about the death of David Bowie. His incredible new single “Lazarus” had actually been on repeat in our office the past couple weeks. By way of paltry tribute, here’s the reflection from the back of A Mess of Help, slightly embellished. The world will be a duller place without him: Rumor […]

Riding (Too) High on Christian Imagination

Over at the John Jay Institute, there’s a symposium happening on the topic of “Christian imagination.” One of the papers submitted was a guest post by our own Will McDavid. The entire thing is available at their site, here, but an excerpt below: “James K.A. Smith, a recent lynchpin of smart Evangelicalism in America, has embedded […]

Lord, How Does The Thin White Duke Fit With Your Scheme?

The world is a more interesting place when David Bowie is in the news. Anything could happen. A pope could be appointed, the Veronica Mars movie could finally get a Kickstarter campaign, you name it. Reading about the Zigster last night, I came across the Wikipedia entry on his 1976 record Station to Station. I’d […]

Another Week Ends: Miracle Baskets, Doubtful Essays, Optimism vs Quitting, Paternalism, Secret Menus, Netflix Puppetry, Bowie and Mats Return, and Hathaway Haters

1. In need of a little (heart)warming on a cold winter’s day? Look no further than the spontaneous act of mercy that occurred on a high school basketball court in Texas last month, ht JD: 2. Phillip Lopate ponders the declining place of Doubt in an essay for The NY Times, evidence perhaps of deeper […]

Another Week Ends: Townes Van Zandt, Hyper-Parents and Filial Competence, Jane Austen, Visible Signs (That You Were A Youth Group Kid), Girls, Christian Athletes, Jonah Lehrer Proves Himself, More Ash Wednesday, St. Paul, and Beck

1. Over at Internet Monk, a thoughtful Ash Wednesday article explores singer/songwriter Townes Van Zandt’s legacy in relation to the way Americans process death, depression, powerlessness, or other ‘negative’ emotions: Of course we live in a culture of death — because we are human, and human beings die, and human beings often choose ways that lead […]

Scott Walker Is Dead, Long Live Scott Walker! (RIP)

“I’m a pessimist, in that I know it’s not going to end well. But most of my songs are spiritual at the core. I try not to be too cynical about things, because it’s too difficult otherwise. You have to be able to work your way through it – you have to be able to […]

All The Young Dudes Carry The News: The Confessions of Mott the Hoople

“All The Young Dudes” is both much more and much less than the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the beautiful rock monster known as Mott the Hoople. More than the tip because their career hinged on it. The single not only revived their sagging spirits (and commercial prospects) at a crucial juncture, […]

David Jones C-C-Confronts His Mortality, AKA When Bowie Prays God Listens

If the rumors are true, David Bowie lobbied for the role of grand elf Elrond in The Lord of The Rings. Let’s face it – as good as Hugo Weaving was, Bowie would have been amazing, and not just because he played more or less to type in Labyrinth. It’s more that the man appears […]

Silent Night Day 1: A Kraut-Rock Christmas

Are you familiar with the German band CAN?  They are legends in the world of alternative/hipster music (and with good reason), a bit like the German equivalent of the Velvet Underground.  Their best lp is probably Ege Bamyasi, which you should get. They recorded much of their music in a castle and featured the odd-ball […]

Thursday Afternoon Rock N Roll: Christmas In The 80s

No religious content, clearly, but still one of the greatest Christmas songs ever recorded:

And then there’s that other priceless left-field relic from the 80s:

Life on Mars?

Few artists can capture the oppressive sense of futility that many people deal with on a daily basis. David Bowie, however, is no ordinary artist…during his career he has repackaged his image as frequently as Elton John and with more refinement than Madonna, but his message always trumps his image. Take ‘Life on Mars?’, for […]