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The Ever Present Past of the Beatles (and the Saddest Record of the Year)

They say you can tell a lot about a person by their favorite Beatle. Cuddly Paul, edgy John, moody George, or funny Ringo, you choose the one you either most readily identify with, or would most like to identify with. Of course, having to name only one is a dodgy practice in the first place, […]

Imagine No Religion: Wait. Scratch That. Imagine a Secular Religion

Swiss writer/thinker Alain de Botton has been making the rounds with his new book Religion for Atheists: A Non-believer’s Guide to the Uses of Religion in which he revisits the French Revolution attempt to create a ‘secular religion.’ Meaning, he rejects the New Atheist tendency to dismiss religion altogether, instead choosing to highlight a few […]

5.5. Covers in Remembrance of John Lennon

A couple days late of the 30th anniversary of his death, but with added feeling: 1. Jealous Guy – The Faces. Rockin’ Rod and crew proved their impeccable taste in solo-Beatles when they followed up their brilliant cover of “Maybe I’m Amazed” with an equally brilliant version of “Jealous Guy”: 2&3. Come Together. One of […]

Lennon/McCartney: Creativity, Competition and Collaboration

Successful collaborations are so rare that exploring their mechanics is always worthwhile. The dazzling 3-part series Two of Us by Joshua Wolf Shenk over at Slate does so brilliantly, dissecting the Lennon/McCartney songwriting partnership and touching on a number of our favorite themes: the fruit of giving up control, the inherently selfless spirit of creativity […]

Worshiping at the Altar of the Beatles (and Their Monaural Magic)

Two lists to celebrate the release of the long-awaited Fab Four reissues. First and most relevantly, five quasi-Gospel moments in the Beatles-related videography. Counting down: 5. The first modern worship song? Or simply the strangest number one single of all-time? 4. “I’m A Loser” performed in France in 1965. “I’m not what I appear to […]

PZ’s Picks Of 2008

We asked the very merry Rev. Paul Zahl to contribute a year-end list, and he graciously obliged (Thanks Dad!): 1. Anything by Thornton Wilder, author of “Our Town”. His two novels that are absorbing me right now are “Heaven’s My Destination” from 1934 and “The Woman of Andros”. I had a most illuminating visit recently […]

The Vatican Forgives John Lennon…Finally

Good news Beatles fans! It’s the moment you have all been waiting for. Yesterday the Vatican announced that John Lennon was forgiven for his comment in 1966 that The Beatles were more famous than Jesus. It seems the artist’s death 28 years ago and 42 years of reflection have granted the Vatican the perspective to […]