From Economic Desperation To Romantic

With less money to keep them warm at night, people more desperate for love apparently: “They’re looking for something that’s genuine in a world that isn’t very secure,” said Bathsheba Birman, co-founder of the Chicago dating event Nerds at Heart. “With headlines full of why you can’t trust established institutions that you thought you could … people are re-examining their own values.”Attendance at the monthly gatherings, where mostly young professionals pay $25 for a drink and a chance to spend… Read more

Lisa Hannigan’s Lille

The embed has been disabled but I highly recommend you click this link to the irrepressibly charming Lisa Hannigan’s beautiful, arts and craftsy video to her elegant, breathy, perfectly phrased folk song “Lille”. Her whole album Sea Sew beats out dozens and dozens of competitors on my ipod to be one of the few I listen to the very most.  When I have time to do it justice, I hope to profile the entire album song by song in a… Read more

Harry Potter “Comes Out” As An Atheist

Nice. In a pronouncement that will dismay America’s religious Right, which has long voiced suspicions about Potter’s “anti-Christian” message, the 19-year-old actor said he did not believe in God. He also expressed his admiration for Professor Richard Dawkins, the prominent atheist and bete noir of Evangelical Christians. Radcliffe has been reticent on the subject of religion in the past, but in an interview to promote the latest instalment in the film franchise, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, released on… Read more

“On Blogging” Or “The Internet As Phonelike, Not TV-like”

Over at Salon, Scott Rosenberg has a really thought-provoking and illuminating piece worth reading in full.  Just two of the many salient insights: The most significant choice we have been making, collectively, ever since the popularization of Internet access in the mid-1990s, has been to favor two-way interpersonal communication over the passive reception of broadcast-style messages. Big-media efforts to use the Net for the delivery of old-fashioned one-way products have regularly failed or underperformed. Social uses of our time online… Read more

Vlad Artazov Nails The Human Experience

Thanks to Andrew Sullivan for the heads up to these and a few dozen more cool photographs like them from photographer Vlad Artazov. Read more

A Follow Up Post On Gays And Christianity

In reply to this post I wrote about a bishop of the Anglican church’s claims that those Christians who accept homosexuality do not share the same faith as him and that such people are being rolled over by “cultural trends,” came this passionate defense of Christian leaders’ right to discriminate against gays in the comments section: Why is this so offensive to the homosexual community? If you want to be a part of the religion then you have to accept… Read more

Hussein’s Pistol, W’s Prized Possession

According to the New York Times, George W. Bush was especially fond of Saddam Hussein’s pistol: when the library for George W. Bush opens in 2013 on the campus of Southern Methodist University in Dallas, visitors will most likely get to see one of his most treasured items: Saddam Hussein’s pistol.The gun, a 9 millimeter Glock 18C, was found in the spider hole where the Iraqi leader was captured in December 2003 by Delta Force soldiers, four of whom later… Read more

Judge This: Rep. King Calls Michael Jackson A “Pervert” And A “Lowlife” Michael Jackson

NY Congressman Peter King repeatedly calls Michael Jackson a pervert and a child molester and says the media has disgraced itself and there is “nothing good about this guy.”  We argues instead of honoring Michael Jackson we should glorify the men and women in the armed forces, those working with dying cancer patients and in AIDS clinics, and teachers working in really rough neighborhoods. What do you think?  Does Michael Jackson deserve so much honor in death?  Do you ever… Read more

Why Does This Flag Only Have 6 Stars?

Click here for the answer. Read more

Average Girl On The Radio

No, not the Barlow Girl song, but rather Fordham’s own catchy-indie-alt-country-wilcoesque-modestmousish-rock band Average Girl (which, don’t worry, is decidedly also not a Barlow Girl tribute band) will be on WNYU at 3pm, Monday July 6 (streaming from the website simultaneously for those who click to “Listen Live.”)  The band’s super-talented Cary Kehayan (vocals, guitar, keys and harmonica) was one of my former students at Fordham Lincoln Center.  So, I’m especially proud to plug his band. In the meantime, check out… Read more

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