It is the film critic’s constant struggle to get filmgoers and filmmakers to...– Do Movie Critics Matter? | First Things
The liturgical year is an adventure in bringing the Christian life to fullness,...– Joan Chittister, The Liturgical Year (via t4stywh34t)
Go to dark Gethsemane, ye that feel the tempter’s power; Your Redeemer’s...– Enjoyed singing this simple, somewhat mournful hymn this morning in church, as the lights went down at the end of service. Go to Dark Gethsemane
Amy Bennett Title: Into the Woods, 2008 presented... →
I want to go on vacation in Amy Bennett’s paintings this summer.
Nothing is so beautiful as spring— When weeds, in wheels, shoot long and lovely...– Poem: Spring by Gerard Manley Hopkins [Vol. 3, #11]
David Foster Wallace on the Practical Side of...
Because here’s something else that’s weird but true: in the day-to day trenches of adult life, there is actually no such thing as atheism. There is no such thing as not worshipping. Everybody worships. The only choice we get is what to worship. And the compelling reason for maybe choosing some sort of god or spiritual-type thing to worship — be it JC or Allah, be it YHWH…...
From the archive: On Video Games
[Some years ago, Andrew Campbell and I had a (very) brief run doing a series for RELEVANT MAGAZINE. The series would basically be dialogues on some cultural topic. Our first was a critical discussion of BROKEBACK MOUNTAIN, which the online magazine briefly published then took down for fear of cancelled subscriptions. After that, we scuttled the idea to continue with the series, but not before...
From the archives: Reflections on MAXIM Magazine
[I am spring cleaning my computer: deleting old, unnecessary files from my overstuffed hard drive, and came across this mildly insightful piece I wrote while living in Scotland. And since having a blog means that no trivial thought of mine will ever go unpublished again, I present it here.] *** Having never read Maxim Magazine, I decided that I ought to look it over. It is, after all the top...
The Tournament of Novels » First Thoughts | A... →
This is my kind of bracket.
AS WE LEARN HOW TO WRITE THIS SHOW, A RECURRING PROBLEM BECOMES CLEAR. THE...– David Mamet’s Master Class Memo to the Writers of The Unit | Movieline
But the happiest person in the study, based on self-reports about satisfaction...– Talk Deeply, Be Happy? - Well Blog - NYTimes.com
The beast of the field shall honour me, the dragons and the owls: because I give...– Isaiah 43 - Passage Lookup - King James Version - BibleGateway.com From the lectionary today. KJV rocks. This would be a good name for a British pub: The Dragon and the Owl.
Blogs are like something out of a Twilight Zone episode. They offer the chance for unbridled expression, but at the terrible price of self-knowledge: we don’t have that much to say, and most of it is not interesting enough to make us superstars. This is why Twitter is the natural progression of the blog (most obvious statement ever). It delivered something that we wanted, but didn’t...
LINK: Twin Conspiracies →
The Prestige as business model.
Andy Crouch at Jubilee on Vimeo (via Vimeo) Thinking about showing this in my Faith and Film class. A good introduction to a number of Christian responses to culture + an encouragement to go beyond mere reaction.
But it’s also important to create a “boredom-free” home, which...– CPYU BOOKSHELF: Andy Crouch: Reader Interview
Desserts I Will Never Eat by Marnie and Philip Tallon Lice Cream Milksnake...– Desserts I Will Never Eat Marnie and I wrote this together: 50/50
Concentrate every minute on doing what’s in front of you with precise and...– How to stay on task in the Internet age - Notions: John Dickerson’s Blog
Effects of cocaine on honeybee dance behaviour. (Journal of Experimental...– via The 10 most absurd published scientific papers These sound great. Now, to track them down.
Hollywood Studio to Back Micro-Budget Movies -... →
I’ve often thought that this would be my first move as a studio head. Now, I can have the luxury of seeing if it works, without, like, having to DO anything.
Nostalgia for a pagan past on Vimeo (via Vimeo)
David Foster Wallace's archive acquired →
*** Interesting that DFW is still treated primarily as a fiction writer, when his more lasting contribution and more significant influence is as an essayist. Infinite Jest will be remembered (ironically) as a literary footnote in the chapter in textbooks about postmodern literature, while A Supposedly Fun Thing I’ll Never Do Again will (I opine) be read for 100 years with pleasure and...
Oscar’s 15 Biggest Best Picture Snubs » First... →
I differ on a few of these (Chariots of Fire for one). But man, thinking about Citizen Kane losing to How Green Was My Valley just makes the Oscars seem about as good a predictor of long-term success as winning junior-high class president.