“Hunger”: Interview with Jack Baumgartner, Part IV

Go On, Obed Edom

 ED: Your work reveals wide ranging Biblical literacy, but also a certain world weariness. Were you raised in Church? Any rhyme or reason to what Biblical passages translate into your artwork? JB: World-weariness…? Maybe. I’ll be honest that sometimes I don’t want to be here. I also feel that I have a lot to do. But my concept of time and eternity is always changing. I know a few people who have more reason to be world-weary than I am, so I end up trying not to consider my own “wear … [Read more...]

What I’m Not Writing, and Why I’m Not Writing it

Julia, who is one of my favorite bloggers, who is able to see difficult circumstances with faith and practical wisdom, whose blog archives are worthy of long slow perusal, who humbly supports her family by writing at numerous places, has tagged me in a blog series in which participants answer four questions on their writing process. Some participants have written long thoughtful answers, some have answered in brief. Interested parties can follow the conversation from blog to blog. I've already … [Read more...]

“Sex is actually never not a big deal…”

"...whether in movies or in life. Sex is the joker in the deck, the infinite variable that provokes, on screen as in life, radically divergent and wildly unpredictable responses and consequences." That's Richard Brody at the New Yorker talking about a movie (Blue is the Warmest Color directed by Abdellatif Kechiche) that won awards at Cannes, as well as criticism from various corners for its depiction of rather lengthy and graphic sex scenes between two women. The movie has been banned in the … [Read more...]


Boy, pushing a pile of laundry from the bottom of the stairs to the laundry room:"Come on, laundry! You've got to MOVE! This may be the most important journey in your Puny! Little! Life!" … [Read more...]