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Perfect Tennis, Clever Students, and Mozartesque Semi-Colons (Plus)

Another Week Ends: Schismogenesis, Megachurch Funerals, Accidental Theology, Smartphone Shrinks, Mean Professors, Nocebos, Zooropa and Elysium

1. The NY Times published a wise op-ed from sociologist Tanya Luhrmann this past week on the the subject of “How Skeptics and Believers Can Connect”. She begins the column by recounting a disconcerting experience she had promoting her terrific book, When God Talks Back, on a Christian radio station. Luhrmann does not self-identify as […]

Another Week Ends: Terry Eagleton, Nar-Anon, Crazy Stupid Love, Pottermore, Depression No-No’s, Drones, Speidi & Achtung Baby

1. Over at PatrolMag, David Sessions posted a terrific interview with British literary critic Terry Eagleton concerning, among other things, “Capitalism and the West’s Existential Crisis.” The occasion for the interview is the release of Eagleton’s new book on Marxism. Of course, Eagleton is not your garden variety Marxist (thank God), and regardless of your […]

Webslingers Paradise? Making (Spidey) Sense of Turn Off The Dark

Reviewing Spider-Man Turn Off The Dark without having seen the production is a bit like reviewing The Pale King. There are plenty of comments you can make, but nothing you can really say. It’s all conjecture. You can talk about the creators, their significance and ambition, but that’s about it. Song lyrics probably shouldn’t be […]

June Playlist

Don’t Let It Get You Down – Echo & The Bunnymen A Lady of a Certain Age – The Divine Comedy Time Spent in Los Angeles – Dawes We’ve Met – Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit Back Into Your World – Son Volt Dear Laughing Doubters – Sondre Lerche Piledriver Waltz – Alex Turner […]

Another Week Ends: Online Echo Chambers, Deathbed Regrets, Dylan at the Cross, MJ’s Bad, Singing Spiderman, Penmanship Psychology & Seinfeld

1. A couple of articles that follow-up on the filter bubble phenomenon we posted on last week, both from The NY Times. The first is an editorial by Eli Pariser, “When The Internet Thinks It Knows You” and the second a slightly broader look at the issue, “The Trouble With The Echo Chamber Online.” While […]

This Will (Hopefully) Be Our Year: Top Four New Year’s Songs

Lest all the anti-New-Years-resolutions sentiment come across as pure party-poopery, I give you four songs in keeping with the holiday, two of which are downright joyful: 1. The best of all-time, without question – sorry, Bono – is The Zombies’ “This Will Be Our Year”, covered here by The Avett Brothers: 2. I didn’t think […]

U2 Sing Spidey: Boy Falls From The Sky

Pretty exciting stuff, reminiscent of their other superhero-inspired song (below), and featuring some particularly great opening lines, the first preview of their upcoming Turn Off The Dark musical:


p.s. Believe it or not, the video above was responsible for introducing yours truly to post-Narnia Lewis (3:50).

Another Week Ends: Parenting, Katy Perry, New Weezer, U2 and "God Told me to…"

Filling in for DZ this week… 1. A great article from Chris Gottlieb for any parent who has ever been given unsolicited advice on their parenting skills ( I suppose that includes everyone?). The author laments: I marvel at how comfortable people feel telling complete strangers about their purported parenting flaws…No infraction is too small […]

Balm For the Soul: Sandra McCracken’s Feast Or Fallow

“We cannot afford to lose these old hymns, they are full of the Gospel…” Basil Manley (1891) Every December Paste Magazine publishes a list of their top fifty albums of the year. Each year I scan the picks searching for the worthy successors to Led Zeppelin and U2. Needless to say, “I still haven’t found […]

Happy Birthday, Bono!

The man himself turns the big Five-Zero today (and the rest of us feel a little older as a result).


Turns out we’ve written pretty extensively on U2 and their charismatic lead singer. For an index of those posts, go here.

Favorite Movies, Music and TV of 2009 (Plus)

Okay, here goes. I would break the pop culture of 2009 down this way: a pretty good year for music, an alright year for film and a downright incredible year for television. Five Favorite Films Of 2009* 1. Fantastic Mr Fox 2. District 9 3. In The Loop [warning for profuse-albeit-very-inventive foul language] 4. Coraline […]