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April 22, 2018
In Which Philip Glass Applauds My Friends While Creating Sublime Beauty
As a writer, Philip Glass is a great composer. I will try to defend this...
March 30, 2018
Watching Three Billboards with Karen Swallow Prior (with Flannery O’Connor and Buffy the Vampire Slayer!)
Some people are so interesting that anything is better if they are there to talk...
March 27, 2018
“The Emperor Constantine,” Dorothy Sayers, and A Movie on Saint Paul
Dorothy Sayers wrote a nearly forgotten play The Emperor Constantine and reading this fine piece of...
January 30, 2018
Jenny Lind and The Greatest Showman on Earth
If at every moment during The Greatest Showman, one forgets the actual P.T. Barnum, then the...
December 22, 2017
I asked Alexa for a Christmas movie and what she gave me was Christmas Town. To say...
September 05, 2017
The Unexpected Pleasure of the Vinyl Record
I am sitting listening to Styx sing Come Sail Away on vinyl. This is not a great song. If...
August 20, 2017
Eclipse: a Philosopher Annotates “Total Eclipse of the Heart” using Republic
Life passes and makes what once was good, a shame. My love, still difficult to...
July 26, 2017
In Praise of the Art on Your Fridge
When a boy I wrote a very bad poem that began: “Cry for an age...
June 26, 2017
Beauty and the Existence of God
The existence of beauty suggests that God exists and that He is good. Beauty is...
April 27, 2017
“Staff” Can Be Beautiful Stuff, but It Does not Last
The City glistened by Lake Michigan and was so beautiful that visitors would cry when...
March 25, 2017
Yesterday I Went to the Circus and Here is What I Learned
I am not a circus person. Fewer and fewer Americans are circus people, but I...
January 11, 2017
Go ahead and build on the sandy land . . . sort of.
Jesus said a smart thing: 24 “Everyone then who hears these words of mine and does...
December 23, 2016
Inside information on “Rogue One” Sequel in Works: “New Hope”
There are some mild potential spoilers here for Rogue One and speculation about the sequel A New...
December 13, 2016
Beautiful messengers of peace: that is the role of angels and that was what our...
October 28, 2016
Mrs. Warren’s Profession: George Shaw was a Bad Man and Shavianism a Fraud
George Bernard Shaw, a workmanlike writer who offended all the right people, had a play...
October 09, 2016
Going Forward in Beauty: Be of Good Cheer!
I am joyful just now, because this is a great moment for God's people. Too many...
January 26, 2016
Preservation Hall: A Good Thing in America
I am already tired of politics and nobody has voted yet. Democrat and Republican: my...
August 18, 2015
What Walt Taught Me: The Jungle Book
Walt died making this film and fortunately the movie was almost worthy of the man....
August 17, 2015
What Walt Taught Me: The Sword in the Stone
Walt was dying the year I was born, but nobody knew it yet, not even...
August 16, 2015
What Walt Taught Me: Mary Poppins
Walt Disney did not die immediately after making Mary Poppins, but he had made the...
August 15, 2015
What Walt Taught Me: 101 Dalmations
The early 1960's were a hopeful time . . . the last moment when World...
August 13, 2015
What Walt Taught Me: Lady and the Tramp
Lady and the Tramp is an ideal date movie: a bit scruffy, adventurous, romantic, and...
August 12, 2015
What Walt Taught Me: Peter Pan
I can fly, just like Wendy, I can fly. Or so I told my children...
August 11, 2015
What Walt Taught Me: Alice in Wonderland
What if you could go on a drug trip with no harm? What if imagination...
August 10, 2015
What Walt Taught Me: Cinderella
She is irresistible and if you have not seen the film recently: strong and virtuous....
August 09, 2015
What Walt Taught Me: The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr Toad
This movie haunted my dreams as a child. There may be a more frightening scene to...
August 08, 2015
What Walt Taught Me: Melody Time
Melody Time shows Walt at the bottom of the animation barrel. He had turned his...
August 07, 2015
What Walt Taught Me: Fun and Fancy Free
"If you have seen one old Disney package movie," complained a member of my house,...
August 06, 2015
What Walt Taught Me: Make Mine Music
World War II changed everything, but what if you just missed the War? What if...
August 05, 2015
What Walt Taught Me: Three Caballeros
Three Caballeros is an experimental movie, a licit drug trip disguised as an animated movie. Walt did not...
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