A Tour of Tim Powers: Dinner at Deviant’s Palace

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This week we continue our tour of Tim Powers' works with his fifth novel, Dinner at Deviant's Palace. Like his second novel, Epitaph in Rust, Dinner at Deviant's Palace takes place in a post-apocalyptic Los Angeles, but a much more fully realized Los Angeles than in the earlier work.Greg Rivas is a well-known musician in this future L.A., the originator and best known performer of a style of music called "pelican gunning" (a "pelican" is a lute-like instrument). And though this is less … [Read more...]

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Today’s Aquinas: What Does God Understand?

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We’re blogging through St. Thomas Aquinas’ Compendium Theologiae, sometimes called his Shorter Summa. Find the previous posts here.Thomas has established that God has intelligence, intellect, the ability to understand abstract concepts.  The next question is, just what is it that God understands?  What does He eternally contemplate? In Chapter 30, Thomas says,The foregoing exposition makes it clear that God understands through no other species than through His essence.A bit of review … [Read more...]

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Robert Plant & Alison Krauss: Your Long Journey

Anyone who's heard Alison Krauss knows she can sing like an angel...but who knew Robert Plant could, too? Here's a lovely duet that makes me quietly happy every time I hear it. … [Read more...]

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The Saint’s Girl on Cocktail Parties

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The cocktail party ploughed on through a syrupy flood of mixed alcohols, mechanical compliments, second-hand scandal, vapid criticism, lisps, beards, adolescent philosophy, and personal pronouns.— Leslie Charteris, The Saint and Mr. TealIt's the "personal pronouns" that get me._____ photo credit: Underwood Universal, c.1957 via photopin (license) … [Read more...]

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Prayer and the Big Game: Can You Pray Before You Play?

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It's so typical a moment that it's become trite: the athlete steps out for his big moment, crosses himself, and goes on to the glory of victory...or, possibly, the agony of defeat. And every so often I hear this kind of thing: "Yeah, like God's going to win the game for him." Last Superbowl Sunday I heard several people talking about praying for their team and then dismissing it, because "Of course, God doesn't get involved in sports."We've got some interesting things going on here: … [Read more...]

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The Wonder of Reading Terry Pratchett Aloud

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As I'm sure everyone who reads this blog already knows, Sir Terry Pratchett, author of the Discworld series, passed away last Thursday at the age of 66.One of the hazards of being an evening and weekend blogger is that you miss the news cycle: by the time I'd even heard the sad news, several other bloggers already had posts up with their tributes to Sir Terry. But I wouldn't have rushed to get something out at the first moment anyway; my history with Sir Terry goes too deep for that.My … [Read more...]

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Today’s Aquinas: Can God Play Chess?

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In a comment on last week's Aquinas post, a reader objected to my characterization of God as pure act, with no mixture of potentiality.  He said,As a human I live totally within the domain of potentiality. The idea that God is totally outside of potentiality is totally alien. He cannot be my God.I asked what he meant by living “totally within the domain of potentiality”, and he replied,I don't live in the past. The present becomes the past as soon as I'm aware of it. The future is u … [Read more...]

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Louis Prima: Pennies from Heaven

I'm not sure that Louis Prima was capable of singing a song without getting goofy with it, but that's especially true of his recording of "Pennies from Heaven". I especially like the mid-section where he gets into a kind of contest with his bandleader, Sam Butera. Prima scats a phrase, and Butera echoes it on trumpet, back and forth, until finally Butera flubs it and Prima crows, "I knew I'd get ya, I knew I'd get ya" as they move into the finale. Lots of fun, even if Keely Smith is missing. … [Read more...]

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Leslie Charteris on Getting Your Goat

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A tinge of old beetroot suffused Mr Teal’s rubicund complexion. To say that his goat was completely and omnipotently got conveys nothing at all. In the last ten minutes his goat had been utterly annihilated, and the remains spirited away to the exact point in space where (so Einstein says) eternity changes its socks and starts back on the return journey. He was as comprehensively de-goated as a man can be.— Leslie Charteris, The Saint versus Scotland Yard."Mr. Teal" is one C.E. Teal, ak … [Read more...]

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